All aboard! Train Days Saturday and Sunday
Vintage steam locomotive No. 4960 to hit the rails, historic train equipment on display, model railroad exhibits and more on tap at Grand Canyon Railway
WILLIAMS, Ariz. - People can celebrate the history of the railroad industry this weekend at Williams Train Days. The event takes place at the Grand Canyon Railway June 14 and 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
"It celebrates Williams' heritage of trains," said Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce Information Specialist Pimi Bennett.
The event will feature several exhibits focusing on historic and current train equipment as well as other vehicles.
One of the highlights of Williams Train Days is running the Cataract Creek Rambler. Vintage steam locomotive No. 4960 will pull classic 1923 Pullman cars through the pine forest surrounding Williams on a one-hour round trip excursion.
The Rambler will run on both days at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. It will also run on Saturday at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children ages 2-15 and free for children younger than 2. Tickets are available at the Williams Depot ticket counter on the day of travel.
Back at the Grand Canyon Railway property, people can see other historic steam locomotives, workhorse diesel locomotives, track maintenance machines and more. Model railroad enthusiasts from around the state will also have their elaborate life-like layouts on display.
In addition, members of the Williams-Grand Canyon Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society and the Winslow Harvey Girls will be present to talk about the history of rail travel and hospitality in the area.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to take a tour of Grand Canyon Railway's car shop.
"A lot of times you don't get to go into the inner workings of the shop, but you can during that weekend," Bennett said.
The tour costs $5, and proceeds go to the Williams Food Bank.
Besides the trains, several antique and classic cars, tractors and farm equipment will also be on display.
"We're going to have an information booth set up, and we're going to have ballots there so people can vote for their favorite classic car and their favorite antique tractor, and then the winner gets a ribbon," Bennett said.
Participating for the first time this year will be several emergency vehicles and commercial vehicles, including Life Line ambulance, the Williams Volunteer Fire Department, the Williams Police Department, Pink Jeep Tours, and Bearizona. Additionally, a photography exhibit will be on display.
Bennett said Williams Train Days is a fitting event for the community.
"Trains are a part of Williams history, and it's neat just to go and see all the different exhibits and to experience it," she said.
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