Riding The Rails To The Grand Canyon

Saturday, June 15 2013 19:16 Mike Harris   OnTravel in the West / Paul Lasley
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Long before there were Grand Canyon helicopter tours, air tours, white water rafting tours or even mule tours, there was the Grand Canyon's train. In this report, Paul Lasley talks with Bruce Brossman, regional director of sales and marketing for Xanterra South Rim and Grand Canyon Railway, about the Grand Canyon Railway which made its first journey to the South Rim in 1901, long before Arizona was dubbed the "Grand Canyon State." With the arrival of the train, people could get to the legendary canyon with ease and comfort.

bruce_grandcanyonToday, you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park along the same rail line your parents or grandparents did. Select from one of five vintage classes of service which have been lovingly restored. Journey to Grand Canyon National Park aboard Grand Canyon Railway and take a trip not only to America's most recognized spectacle, but a trip back in time.

The train was the lifeline to Grand Canyon National Park in the early 20th century. It was the railroad, along with the Fred Harvey Company, that commissioned and built most of the historic structures that still exist along the South Rim.

The historic train almost faded into history itself when passenger service to Grand Canyon National Park stopped in 1968 as train travel gave way to the popularity of automobile travel. But like any legend it refused to die.

As fate would have it, Grand Canyon Railway was reborn in 1989 when entrepreneurs brought the Grand Canyon's train back to life. Today, the Railway carries tens of thousands of people by rail to the canyon each year. The Railway also offers vacation packages that include train travel, stays at Williams and Grand Canyon hotels, RV park stays and much more. The South Rim of the
Grand Canyon is the most visited and for a real experience stay in the iconic ElTovar Hotel.

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