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9/30/2008 1:49:00 PM
Letter: Steam's demise is a sad loss

To the editor:

As a fairly new resident of Williams, I am deeply disappointed at the demise of the famous steam train being discontinued by Xanterra. My family and I moved to Williams in January 2007 from southern California after my retirement. While visiting Williams several things drew my attention to this area, the forested mountains, the historic town with its buildings and the steam train. I loved the idea of living in an area where I could experience the sight and sounds of a live working steam engine, not just seeing a relic on display. I loved hearing the whistle sound all over town. Where else in the southwest can a person experience this little bit of history, it made this town unique.

After we moved to Williams, I would take my visiting grandchildren to watch the steam train returning from the Grand Canyon. They were awed by the sight.

My family and I are now established in this town and we will stay here but I feel a part of this town's historical flavor has been taken away. I feel the operation of the steam train should be continued so that future generations of children and tourists can experience it.

I feel tourism and business in Williams will be affected by Xanterra's action. I've observed not only US tourists, but also foreigners taking pictures of the train. It was unique. I would also see people taking pictures of it along its route.

I don't know what actions I can take, if any, to change this decision, and I don't know how many other citizens of Williams are concerned, but I would be willing to be part of movement to petition Xanterra to reverse their decision if it is possible. I feel the demise of the steam train is a sad loss for the city of Williams and its citizens.

Larry Schreiner


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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, July 13, 2009
Article comment by: Concerned Railfan (GCR LOST MY MONEY)

I agree, there is no "real" enviromental concerns that the steam engines harbor, most of the chemicals are harmless and fall to the ground unlike diesels. I feel that the historic appeal is taken away and that leaving those locomotives outside is not the thing to do!!!! Spare a few bucks out of your wallet Xannterra and put steam back in service, we all know it's money your after!!

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