This trip started a little differently than the last two in that instead of working east from our previous end point, we started on the eastern end of the leg and worked west. We drove to Williams, AZ and stayed our first night in the Canyon Motel and RV Park in an authentic Santa Fe caboose. The caboose was set up to sleep 6, but accommodations were tight for sure, but at least the beds were comfortable.
|Our motel room for our first night stay in Williams, AZ.|
|Room one. Room two is underneath the cupola and has a queen bunk bed.|
|My dad, my aunt, and my son hanging out on the platform of the caboose. There|
is a wood deck the length of the car along the back side, part of which can
be seen here.
|Saginaw and Manistee Lumber Company Shay displayed out in front of the|
|View of the west end of the depot. The passenger car parked to the left is|
painted for the famous Polar Express.
|Outdoor waiting area at the center of the depot building itself.|
|One of a few unique benches around the grounds.|
|Grand Canyon Railway #539 on display at the Williams Depot.|
We returned to the depot, which is the only log cabin depot in the country still in use as a depot, and waited to board our train back to Williams.
|The former Santa Fe depot at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. It was built|
around 1906 and serves passengers and tourist to the canyon to this very day.
|Robbery in progress!|
|Help! Somebody please help!|
|Our train for the return trip was powered by an ex-Amtrak FF40PH and a|
historic Montreal Locomotive Works FPA-4.
|The El Rancho is the quintessential 1950s motel.|
|The 1926 Partridge Creek Bridge is still in use, but this portion of old Route|
66 is now a local road to access a home on the hill at the other end of the
|Angel Delgadillo, famously known as one of the two men|
that got the Route 66 preservation movement started, is
pictured here in the center with his nephew, Paul Alvarado
on the left.
|Our dollar bill from the previous trip has been joined by a number of other|
bills from around the country and the world.
|This was the door to our room.|
|This was painted on the building towards the back of the property. I love the|
eagle above it as well. To the left of the eagle is a large tower that has the name
of the motel spelled out in neon lights. The pink Route 66 shield is a modern
|The mentioned in the previous photo at night.|