The first train arrived at the Grand Canyon in 1901. The Santa Fe Railroad and Fred Harvey built a first class hotel, the El Tovar, for the passengers of the rail line. The hotel survives but rail service did not. Although the route was not officially abandoned until 1980, the AT&SF operated their last train to the Canyon on July 30, 1969. But the line would not stay buried. In September, 1989, through local community efforts a new era of rail service began. Today the Grand Canyon Railroad is a highly successful tourist train with year round daily operations. Here are a few of the photos I have taken as a new resident in the Grand Canyon. My intention is to continue adding to this collection.