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Maura Daly Phinney writes about her experience on the Grand Canyon Railway.

I love trains in a childish, "here comes the choo-choo," gleeful sort of way. So ever since I heard that the Grand Canyon Railway had been resurrected, I've wanted to go on it. It took me 20 years, but finally I was on my way to Williams, Ariz., which is a quick 30-minute drive from Flagstaff. 

The Williams train depot is the hub of a complex that includes a hotel, restaurant, gift shop and "pet resort." Since I was traveling without any fluffy companions, I proceeded directly to the ticket window. There are four classes of service on the train, and I opted to go cheap on the northbound trip to the Grand Canyon with a $37.50 coach seat and then splurge on the return with a $70 first-class seat. If I had been feeling really flush, there was also the option of an $85 seat in the observation dome or a $95 ticket in the luxury parlor cars.

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