We are proud to celebrate National Train Day on Saturday, May 10th.
On National Train Day, Verde Canyon Railroad applauds the important history of American railroads with an entertaining and educational event at their Clarkdale depot. Taking place from 10:00am-1:00pm, this free event is fun for all ages, including exhibits and activities from local attractions and organizations as well as guided tours of the John Bell Museum and the train’s vintage rail cars.
Liberty Wildlife will be sharing rescued educational birds with all guests at the depot, as well as on board the train. The Verde Valley will be well-represented with area attractions including Out of Africa Wildlife Park, Local First Arizona, the Clarkdale Copper Museum and Clarkdale Heritage Museum, Blazin’ M Ranch and Arizona Offroad Tours. Famous Arizona freelance writer Roger Naylor will be signing copies of his most recent books on Arizona adventure. Live music from Ken and Lyn Mikell will entertain visitors as they enjoy a delicious BBQ ribs and chicken luncheon, available for purchase on the patio in addition to many refreshing beverage options.
Verde Canyon Railroad’s interesting history is well-represented in the depot’s John Bell Museum, a restored box car stocked full of vintage photography, fascinating artifacts and railroad memorabilia. The rail line’s rich heritage is also embodied by its restored rail cars which arrived from various passenger lines throughout the country. Powered by General Motors EMD FP7 locomotives built in 1953, the elegant mid-century style of Verde Canyon Railroad adds to the postcard perfect scenery of Verde Canyon Railroad. Train staff will lead guided tours of the museum and the train throughout the day.
The classic style and impeccable service of Verde Canyon Railroad is reflective of the magnificent Canyon through which the train travels on a daily basis. Visitors from all over the world have appreciated both the raw power of the FP7 engines and mid-century style of the restored Pullman train cars.