aaprco arizona limited



 

















The 28th Annual
AAPRCO Convention Train


The Arizona Limited
Updated 2/21/06

October 1-2, 2005. Private Party Car Pony
Express
and private cars Scottish Thistle, Pacific Sands,
Silver Iris
and City of Spokane operated from Los
Angeles to Albuquerque, NM on the rear of Amtrak’s Southwest
Chief. On arrival at Albuquerque we joined up with the 17 car
Convention Train which had arrived from Chicago earlier in the
day. With all 22 cars coupled together, the Arizona Limited departed
Albuquerque for Lamy where we left the BNSF mainlineto travel
over the Santa Fe Southern Railway to Santa Fe, NM where we were
spotted in front of the depot for two nights. Several guests
traveled by bus to Chama, NM for a train ride on the Cumbres
and Toltec Narrow Gauge Railroad,. Others stayed in town to shop
and visit the local restaurants and museums


October 2 –The Arizona Limited assembled and being serviced in
Albuquerque, NM


October 4 – to Lamy on the Santa Fe Southern


The “Flintstone House” near Lamy,
NM


Pueblo Domingo – an ancient Indian Pueblo that is still occupied
and the scene of many

traditional religious ceremonies

On arrival back in Albuquerque the Arizona
Limited was inspected and serviced while we waited for a rested
crew to take us to Williams, AZ. We departed Albuquerque late
in the afternoon and travelled overnight arriving at Williams
in the wee hours of Wednesday the 5th. Several guests got an
early morning start for a bus ride to cottonwood, AZ and a scenic
train ride on the Verde Canyon Railway


Along the east approach to the Verde Canyon


Arizona Limited guests enjoy the scenery from
an airconditioned lounge car


The Verde River Canyon, lots of wildlife to
be seen

 
Colorful rock formations viewed from
an open excursion car


Perkinsville, the turn araound point for
the trip.

Thursday, the 6th our private train took
us on a journey from Williams, AZ to the South Rim of the Grand
Canyon for a late breakfast/early lunch at the El Tovar Hotel,
some sightseeing, hiking and shopping at Hopi House.


North of Williams on the Grand Canyon Railway – Pinion trees
take over from the Ponderosas as the elevation drops.


The vast, open rangeland of the Coconino plain.

















Pony
guest enjoy the scenery as we approach the Grand Canyon Station

A
Glimpse of the Canyon as our train pulls into the station


We enjoyed
a late breakfast/early lunch in the dining room of the El Tovar
Hotel, a former

Santa Fe Railway Harvey House


Departing the Canyon and heading back to Williams

Thursday evening we participated in the first
of two Convention Car Parties. These parties are a tradition
with AAPRCO. The first night half of the cars are open for convention
attendees as well as those riding the train to tour the train
to see what the various cars are like inside and visit with the
owners and friends. This year the Pony served as the Dance Car
and aattendies learned what the Pony is really all about. Ithe
first party was so successful that the Pony was open for the
second car party on Friday night. We partied long and hearty
both nights.


Party on the Pony

On Friday the 7th our train took us on a
rare mileage journey from Williams to Phoenix over BNSF’s “Peavine”
route via Ash Fork, Skull Valley and Wickenburg.


Departing Williams for Ash Fork on the “Peavine”
route. 

Saturday and Sunday, the8th and 9th were
reserved for Convetion activities at the Grand Canyon Railway’s
Frei Marcos Hotel. Departure for the return to Albuquerque was
scheduled for earl Monday morning. The plan was that the train
would arrive in Albuwurque early enough for the cars going to
Los Angeles to be put on the rear of that day’s Southest Chief.
However, a derailment near Holbrook, AZ stopped all traffic and
we spent another day in Williams. The line opened up later that
afternoon and we departed Williams about sunset. This delayed
our departure from Albuquerque by a day. For the return trip
to Los Angeles we were joined by two cars which had come out
from Chicago, the Federal and the Burrard. The
City of Spokane went onto Chicago with the special train


The Pony Express in Albuquerque waiting for
the Southwest Chief

 
Watching the New Mexico countryside go by
from the Pony


Sunset near Laguna, NM 


Six PV’s heading west on the rear of the Southwest
Chief


Dusk


October 12 – our cars get a much needed
wash following arrival back in Los Angeles