Grand Canyoon Railway is presently operated by Xanterra Parks and Resorts. The railway provides excellent customer service and it can seat at least 400 people or more. Passengers will be given an opportunity to explore the history of the Grand Canyon, its old trains, and enjoy the scenery as they ride the train to their destination. As of present, the Grand Canyon Railway provides transportation for commuters in Arizona.
The history of the Grand Canyon Railroad dates back in the 1800s. Buckey O?Neil, became the pioneer of the Grand Canyon Railroad Company, which was established in 1897. O?Neil never saw the completion of the tracks as he was serving the army under Colonel Theodore Roosevelt and died in 1898.
Meanwhile, the railroad was completed in 1901 and became a tourist destination. Train was installed later in 1901 and started its operations. Its first journey was documented on September 17, 1901 and carried prominent passengers like Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower and a few others during its first few years of operation.
During its early years, the Grand Canyon Railway carried passengers and cargo to Arizona until operations stopped in 1968 because of the automobile transportation. The Railway resumed its operations in 1989 by Max and Thelma Biegert, both entrepreneurs.
Presently, the Grand Canyon Railway promotes the historic landmarks and depots that were restored for historical purposes. Aside from that, the Railway assumed responsibilities in keeping more than 50,000 cars that were preserved by the national treasure.
To explore the Grand Canyon Railway, visitors are encouraged to become passengers for the day to gain more insight about the early beginnings of the railway and have stopovers of other well-known destinations like the Historic Train Depots, the Spenser?s Pub, and the Maswik Lodge.
Located at Greenwood Village, Colorado, the Grand Canyon Railway is undoubtedly a culture and tourist hub for students, civic groups, local and international visitors, and historians.