This was one of our best decisions, and made travelling to and from the canyon for our mule-ride much more pleasant and easier that if we had driven.
We stayed at the GCR Hotel in Williams, took the train to the canyon in the "Dome" car, and returned 3 days later in the first-class car. We should have taken the first -class car on the way up as well, since the seating is rather cramped (think airplane), and the only scenery is prarie-desert, with the view from the first-class cars is just as good. Plus, the seating is much, much more comfortable. We had a great time on the way back with the other passengers in the car, had nice champagne toast, and a couple glasses of champagne.
The food on the train in the dome and first-class cars was very good - an assortment of appetizers, fruits, cheeses, and pastries.
There was never as issue with luggage transfer to and from the train and the hotels, which was very much appreciated, and really simplified the whole process.
Unfortunately, due to inclement weather, the "train robbery" did not take place as scheduled, but otherwise the trip was very pleasant, comfortable and entertaining.
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