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This is to keep all my friends updated on what's going on with the FC&W and my other railroad adventures. The name Flagstaff, Coconino and Western came from Flagstaff, where I live, Coconino is the county, and Western is where I go to visit other clubs and railroads. I will try and update it on a regular basis.

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September 7, 2009

Day at the Grand Canyon Railroad

Went to Williams, AZ on Sunday Sept. 6th to ride on the steam train. Its nice that's its only 40 minutes away from Flagstaff. This is the first time they have run the steamer on used vegetable oil. This was also the first full size steam train ride for my son Alex, and boy did he love it. He was teaching all the staff in the gift shop all the parts of a steam locomotive. They did 7 round trips, departed every hour, and the trip was about 10 miles out and back and it only cost 15 bucks! They are talking about doing more short steam trips like this next season. They are going to run steam to the Grand Canyon on September 19th so if you want to ride behind some steam call and buy your tickets. www.thetrain.com/Steam-Event-7275.html

GCRwy #4960 pulled up on the leg of the wye in Williams. They then shoved the 4 car train back to MP 4 and then opened her up to 30mph back into town.

Alex enjoying his first steam train ride. Durango & Silverton is definitely on the list to take him next.

Erin and Alex after our hour long train trip.

Eric Hadder was our engineer for the day. Another nice guy who has a passion for steam and maintains the locomotives on the GCRwy.

Highlight of the day was getting to jump in the cab of the 4960. Alex was fascinated with the fire in the firebox. He didn't want to get down, I didn't either. I would have been more than happy to run a trip for them free of charge, oh well, maybe next time.

1 comment:

Ken said...

As a much older Dad....It is super to see you and Alex enjoy railroading as much as I do with both of my grown sons!!!! Just super.