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ATSF Railway Local Train 3152 at Williams, AZ

ATSF Railway Local Train 3152 at Williams, AZ

Earlier that same morning (May 20, 1978) the units on the train from Phoenix (Local 3152) stopped at Williams and then went out onto the Grand Canyon line to pick up a bunch of wood racks. The train had engines 3398, 3226, 3216, 3212, and 3335. I missed three of the unit numbers. The original mainline is just beyond the telephone pole on the left. When the Santa Fe added double track, the railroad added the long file in the background and built a bridge over US 66. That is the bridge between the units and the telephone pole on the left. Years later, the highway department bridged over the tracks further to the east. The old highway into town still uses this highway bridge, but the old double main has been reduced to one track. Rail activity around Williams dropped dramatically after the opening of the Crookton line change in December 1960. To the right you will see a long string of tank cars for domestic water service. I think the Santa Fe was still taking water to the Grand Canyon in 1978. Daily water use at Grand Canyon was about 70,000 gallons a day. I think a 200 mile fresh water pipeline was completed to Grand Canyon around 1992. Santa Fe passenger service to the Grand Canyon began in 1901 and ended in 1968.

ATSF Railway Local Train 3152 at Williams, AZ

The tourist passenger train for the Grand Canyon comes around this curve every day. The passenger station is off to the right out of frame.

ATSF Railway Local Train 3152 at log loadout yard at Williams, AZ

The Grand Canyon Railway now uses this area for its shops. If you look to the right of the wood racks you can see an eastbound train on the Crookton Line going through the cut in the hill. Disk 73