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Old 08-28-2010, 04:46 PM
 
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I'm curious if anybody has been here and if you have what was your experience like? is it worth visiting? etc.
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Old 08-28-2010, 04:57 PM
 
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I've not been, but I've been meaning to. A coworker has been several times with his daughter and they love it.
It's open Saturday and Sunday 12-4 (but not until Septemeber 11th). I think some of it's free and some of it costs a few bucks.
Home Page of the Arizona Railway Museum
Other railroad related things in Phoenix metro:
Railroad Park (http://therailroadpark.com/index1.htm - broken link)
Maricopa Live Steamers Adobe Western Railroad
Enchanted Island Amusement Park - Ride a Train at Encanto Park in Phoenix
Desert Breeze Railroad : FUN IS A BREEZE!
http://www.freestonerr.com/
There's also the Grand Canyon Railroad and Verde Canyon Railroad.
Grand Canyon Railway - The Official Site
Welcome to Verde Canyon Railroad - Home
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Old 08-28-2010, 05:30 PM
 
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I've been to the Grand Canyon and saw their railroad. I also rode on the Verde Canyon as well just wished I could have gotten a photo of inside the cab or even climbing up there. I also went to the railroad park as well.

See our here in IL our railroad museum is open Memorial Day through Labor Day for daily trains Monday-Sunday but I've heard down in AZ it's the opposite of ours I wonder if it's because of the temperature difference between the Midwest and the SouthWest.

Enchanted Island Amusement Park might be worth a visit for my relatives as well as for me.

Know of any good railfanning spots in the Phoenix Metro area? I know that the BNSF runs through Glendale and plenty of activity along 60.
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Old 08-28-2010, 05:43 PM
 
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Know of any good railfanning spots in the Phoenix Metro area?
The BNSF along Grand Ave isn't all that busy... 10-14 trains a day is all, I believe. If you go up towards Wickenburg there are some scenic areas along that route, but it will be a lot of waiting.
http://algomacentral.railfan.net/ima...ils/amt_pv.jpg
For the UP, the Sunset Route runs south of Phoenix. It goes through the towns of Gila Bend, Maricopa, Casa Grande, etc, and through Tucson. If you go to Tucson, the Cienega Creek area (near Vail) is pretty cool.
http://www.railpictures.net/images/d...1085940240.jpg
http://forums.ghosttowns.com/attachm...1&d=1111337873
And Flagstaff is great, too.
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Old 08-28-2010, 05:46 PM
 
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Also, be sure to check this place out if you haven't already:
Maricopa Live Steamers Adobe Western Railroad

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See our here in IL our railroad museum is open Memorial Day through Labor Day for daily trains Monday-Sunday but I've heard down in AZ it's the opposite of ours I wonder if it's because of the temperature difference between the Midwest and the SouthWest.
Yes, our summers are to us what your winters are to you.
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Old 08-28-2010, 05:53 PM
 
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Unfortunately I'm confined to the Phoenix Metro area otherwise I would head South towards Tuscon but that is an easy 4hr drive and that's a good chunk of the day if I need to be back before the kids come home from school.
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Old 08-28-2010, 06:08 PM
 
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Here are a couple sites that may (or may not) help:
Railfanning the BNSF Phoenix Sub - The 'Peavine'
Arizona Railfan Sites
Railfanning in Phoenix - The Whistle Post - Model Railroad Forum
Cienega Creek (Vail) would be 2 to 2 1/2 hours, depending on where in Phoenix you're coming from. That still may be too far. Another spot is Picacho, between Casa Grande and Tucson, that wouldn't be quite as far. RailPictures.Net Photo: UP 2679 Union Pacific EMD SD40M-2 at Picacho, Arizona by Ken Huard
Wickenburg would be about 45 minutes to 1 1/2 hours, depending on where your starting point is.
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Old 08-28-2010, 06:22 PM
 
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my starting point is Glendale
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Old 08-28-2010, 06:29 PM
 
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OK, than I'd follow the BNSF from Glendale to the northwest towards Wickenburg. It's not going to be a busy line, but you should see a train or two. The closer you get towards Wickenburg the nicer the scenery gets. There's a depot with a steam locomotive there, too.
Another option would be Gila Bend. You'd see plenty of trains there, but it will be an hour drive.
http://i.pbase.com/u38/qleap/upload/....151_5120R.jpg

I'm heading out. Tomorrow I'll be here:
http://nwinrhs.com/photos/poty/2008/01_2B.JPG (broken link)
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Old 08-28-2010, 10:04 PM
 
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Also, be sure to check this place out if you haven't already:
Maricopa Live Steamers Adobe Western Railroad



Yes, our summers are to us what your winters are to you.
That depends on where in AZ that is as I was up in the Grand Canyon the day before it got 6 feet of snow in one day. Out here we are used to 6 inches of snow not 6 feet of snow in one sitting!
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