"Grand Canyon Railway Train in Winter"
January 2010, Grand Canyon, Arizona
First established at the turn of the 20th century, the Grand Canyon Railway runs between Williams, Arizona and Grand Canyon Village 65 miles to the north. The historic train not only provides a wonderful experience for passengers, but it also serves to greatly reduce the amount of cars congesting the roads in the national park.
When originally opened in 1901 by the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway, the passenger fare was $3.95. Even though this was a lot of money in those days, it was more than reasonable when compared with the only other alternative at the time - the stagecoach. A ride on the stagecoach involved an 8-hour bone-jarring ride from Flagstaff to the south rim, and the cost was a staggering $15. The introduction of the railway was obviously welcome news to the general public, and its contribution to the popularity of the Grand Canyon simply cannot be overstated.