What better way to catch the Grand
Canyon Limited than to watch it pull
into the station in Williams Arizona?
While heading through the crossing
below, the character said to those of us in the vestibule "We'll rob
you later!" One of the quick thinking Amtrak folks answered
"We'll take a raincheck." How disappointing that the Grand Canyon
Limited never got robbed. Oh, we did get robbed but only with
time in our schedule. That's railroading.
We pulled up to the connection with the BNSF Peavine route and waited
for at least one half hour for an empty eastbound autorack.
Plenty of time to get robbed if anyone had thought to do so. I
feel I got robbed by not getting robbed. Go figure?
The crew of the eastbound train knew we were waiting and you can hear
their air horn announcement before we see them and as they pass
us. The conductor is seen waving in the windshield. Notice
Kansas City Southern 4705 amongst the power.
Finally we got clearance onto the BNSF mainline and thus would be able
to view the beauty of the Peavine. We are to travel about 159
miles in the next five and one half hours from Williams to Matthie
Arizona. We only got to experience less than 30 miles before
darkness the prior Tuesday on the way to Williams.