GRAND CANYON, Ariz.--The Grand Canyon Railway announced the
development of a 300-seat restaurant and the addition of two
specialty train cars.
The Grand Canyon Railway carries more than 130,000 passengers to
the south rim of the canyon. The railway has services both at its
Williams, Ariz., depot and on board the train.
Located adjacent to the Williams depot, the Grand Canyon
Railway's new restaurant will open early in 1999. The restaurant is
named after the railway's owners, Max and Thelma, and will offer
passengers and area visitors a varied menu. The restaurant chefs
will prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner entrees at an open-display
A one-of-a-kind, LGB scale model train will circle the interior
of the restaurant. The backdrop behind the train will simulate day,
night and seasonal weather conditions. This aerial track system
will include a trestle crossing for the enjoyment of train
The railway expects increased tour group and convention
business; the restaurant will have meeting facilities and will be
able to support large numbers of people.
The railway is also slated to add two train cars this fall.
The Cafe Car, a moving gift shop and deli on tracks, will
provide passengers with the opportunity to browse for area
souvenirs, plus essentials for a Grand Canyon visit, such as film
and sunscreen. Breakfast items, made-to-order deli sandwiches and
snacks will be served from a customized, stainless-steel
A second First Class passenger car will also be added, offering
upgraded service for passengers. This car will be
wheelchair-accessible as well.
The Grand Canyon Railway offers an excursion from Williams to
the south rim of the canyon. Meandering at a relaxing pace, the
train passes through dense pine forests, high desert plains with
endless vistas and small arroyos as it makes its way into Grand
Canyon National Park. Arriving just steps from the Grand Canyon's
rim, passengers can explore the attraction before the return trip
to Williams. Overnight accommodations are available at the
railway's Fray Marcos Hotel.
The railway offers a variety of discounts on such options as an
overnight at the Grand Canyon, bus tours that include lunch, and
continental breakfast at the railway depot.
Grand Canyon Railway, Phone: (800) THE TRAIN.