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Thank you, Joseph for the additional nice photos!

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Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

I for one am happy the pictures are visible

Thank you addy,
Yes the photos are still there, thats a good sign
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Originally posted by Fred_S Fred_S wrote:

Did you take any shots in the dark as well Joseph?

No Fred, just those twilights. It was getting pretty cold and I needed to get home.
Anyway I would have to get to a pretty dark area and those neons lights are not that bright and it would be moving. It would be a pretty complex deal

But keep checking in, more photos coming
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This is the trailing engine, the train is a "double header". It goes up and doesn't turn around. The engineer just goes to what was the trailing engine which then goes back as the front (I guess)
I heard it only goes about half way to the canyon where there is a Santa Village for the kids. Its over an hour trip to the Grand Canyon at which time I'm sure most of the kiddos would be sound asleep









a few words and pics on Williams the town next and that should do it
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Nice overview and story Joe. Never realised the express really exists. It must be fun for the kids.
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Thank you Peter,
Yes it exists. It exists in the hearts of all those children.
Whoever wrote the tale gave the world a treasure
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These are photos I had no idea I would be taking. I have come to call: "Christmas in small town America". Christmas tree lighting and parade. In Williams Az. Truly a tiny town, perhaps 3,000 people, probably wouldn't even show on a California map. But it happens to be near the Grand Canyon.
Photos I didn't know I would be taking. 2 days after the train photos



North Pole passengers





















many more pics
had to reach the limits of my editor to even get these photos. It was pretty dark
Only in small town America
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Looks like a lot of fun! TFS
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Post Options Post Options   Quote AudioDoc Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 November 2021 at 18:25
Thanks Joe,

Is Williams far from where you are? These newer E mount cameras do a good job of shooting in low light. I see that the people on the train are masked up. The Nevada Northern also requires masks. This is good. Better safe than sorry! Or as NNRW's moto says, "Safety First".


Heber Valley Railroad and Nevada Northern also have Christmas Trains for kids, but don't name them Polar Express. The are Santa's Reindeer Flyer and the North Pole Express. NNRW is the only one as far as I know that uses steam locomotives for their Christmas trains. Flashback to my Polar Express photo from 2010: HVRR 2010

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BTW, FYI, Toyman did a YouTube video about the Grand Canyon Railroad.
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Hello Doc, thanks for sharing that vid, first I've heard of Toyman. Nice comfortable presentation
But I beg to differ w him on 1 thing. He says the train ride up there, the view is "quite spectacular" It is not. Even the Grand Canyon employees say, "its not the journey, it's the destination"
It's flat desert all the way. Just replay the dome car portion. Although a nice slo paced train trip is always pleasant

There is a Grand Canyon RR club in Williams, mostly employees, former employees. I've been to a meeting in the main hotel building and members have extensive model trains in their homes, as one might expect. They show slides of railroad things, much more in depth than I am . I do have a ton of railroad pics from all around the west as you all know! and I've been invited to join. I am a certified RR fan.

Sometimes during the year they get an engine and a coach and run the club to the Canyon. I think I'll join 🚂
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Hi Joe,

Yeah, I agree with you about the view up to the GC, but I suppose "beauty is in the eyes of the beholder". I still wouldn't mind the train ride.

Toy Man lives here in SLC and his channel has many videos of railroading and model railroading in the Rocky Mountain area. He did one on Evanston Wyoming and has made many trips to Ely.
NNRY Engine 81

Evanston Roundhouse

You should check them out -- very good stuff. He and his wife are fans of the NNRW and Dirt the Cat.
BTW I will do the Winter Steam Spectacular again in Feb.

You are lucky to be living close to Williams and the GC!


Regards,

Kelly

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Doc! What a Great job they did on 81 Its beautiful! and really well done video. I keep wanting to go back to Ely. That was about my most fun. I was wondering around on my own in those same machine shops. I sent you my album of it w pics of 81 before the resto and 40 and 93.
When I was in SF this Oct my plan was to drive back via Reno then Ely, across to Kanab, Page, home.
My motor mounts broke and had to come back 40

I'm not that close to Williams, more at the 4 corners, New Mexico welcomes you

Am up a lot in Williams, thats where all the action is, but living at 7000ft+ elevation is tough. It is the only place to be in summer. As you know its insanely hot in the southwest anywhere else, Phoenix, you might as well live in Death Valley.

Have you ever thought of going to Nevada Northern in summer. I was there in Sept.
Hoping to get a tour in the GC engine and resto shop when they start. Pics to follow 🚂
All the best____Joe
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More pic's: Christmas in Small Town America





Sorry, didn't focus my prime too well in the cold and the dark, but still some feel for the event itself





Mexican outfit










Guess all you had to do is put some lights on an old car and you were in (ha ha)













Thats the End... of the Polar Express
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