SOURCE: Verde Canyon Railroad

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December 22, 2009 18:35 ET

The Verde Canyon Railroad 1990-2010

100 Years of Service, 20 Years of Style!

CLARKDALE, AZ--(Marketwire - December 22, 2009) - On November 23, 2010 Verde Canyon Railroad will celebrate its 20th anniversary as Arizona's longest-running nature show.

Classic train travel through one of Arizona's most scenic inner canyons is the authentic experience one expects and receives when traveling aboard the Verde Canyon Railroad.

Arizona is steeped in Western tradition and nowhere are these customs displayed more richly than at Verde Canyon Railroad. From the time you're greeted at the depot to the friendly waves of the staff as you depart on your rail journey, Western hospitality abounds. As you settle into a comfortable seat on one the deluxe coaches, the ambience of the Southwest surrounds you.

Those who yearn to discover what the West was like as a remote and rugged frontier should climb aboard the Verde Canyon Railroad. The vintage cars and husky locomotives rumble out of the present and whisk you back to another century while maintaining the comfort of the new millennium.

This historic rail line's tale extends back 100 years; the first chapter initiated to serve the copper mining industry of Jerome. The mines closed in 1953, but the powerful locomotives still pulled a variety of freight, livestock and passenger cars known as the "Verde Mix." Thus, another chapter was written.

In 1988, Dave Durbano of Ogden, Utah purchased the line sight unseen, based on freight business alone. On his first ride through the Canyon, he realized the potential of this exceptionally stunning area and another chapter was conceived, of a scenic, wilderness excursion. The first train departed the Clarkdale depot November 23, 1990 with one lone locomotive pulling three passenger cars. Since then, the Verde Canyon Railroad added a new depot and museum, many more first-class cars and the luxury-class caboose.

A handful of excursion trains crisscross the West but none deliver the complete package of untamed scenery, abundant wildlife, luxurious comfort and historic substance like Verde Canyon Railroad. It has always been about the journey, not the destination.

The Verde Canyon Railroad is proud to have carried well over one million passengers since that first departure and look forward to sharing this rare, awe-inspiring experience with millions more for years to come.

The whisper of wings, the rush of the river, the dance of leaves in the breeze...

No reason to mess with 100 years of perfection.

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