The train left at 9.30 a.m. and headed off on the just over 2 hour trip to the Grand Canyon. On this railroad the steam train is only used a few times a year, usually it’s a diesel train.
We had decided to walk to the observation point but as we were walking along the trail, we could see a storm blowing up out of nowhere, so we ducked into the visitor centre, just in time. The lightening flashed, the thunder rolled and the rain poured, it only lasted about a half hour but it was spectacular to watch.
Once the storm was over everywhere smelt fresh and clean. We stayed for the ranger talk and watched another storm building on the north rim.
Just outside of Williams there was a hold up, train robbers on horseback (not Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, ah well!) forced the train to stop. The Sherriff wasn’t far behind them.