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The Train – 365 – 107

Verde Canyon Railroad Excursion Part Three

For those of you who like train pictures, this post is exclusively for you!

Yuma car

Our first class coach car, the Yuma, with its observation car behind it. Each covered car had a dedicated observation car for its occupants. You could come and go between the two cars for the whole train ride. Inside the coach was warm, but outside in the observation car you had a much better view.

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The train cars in front of ours.

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Heading out!

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It was so cold, that after about ten minutes of riding in the observation cars, you had to go back into the coach cars to warm up. We were glad we had paid for the first class ride, as you could order drinks. The hot chocolate was very popular!

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train engine

At Perkinsville, the train parked for fifteen minutes while the engine decoupled and went to the other end of the train so we could go back to Clarkdale!

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Heading back! It got colder and began to rain again as we headed back.

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Almost home!

Verde Canyon Railroad Excursion Part One – 365 – 105

Today I am sharing a few pictures from the first portion of our Verde Canyon Railroad excursion that we took last Saturday. The day was very cold (in the forties), windy and spitting rain/snow off and on all day long. I wish we could have had a more typical Arizona brilliant blue sky as a backdrop for the beautiful scenery! But the ride was fun, the scenery gorgeous, and hopefully we’ll get to do it again someday when it is just a bit warmer!

Verde River

The first portion of the ride was across wide open spaces with snow covered mountains in the background.

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Verde River

After about a half hour of following the Verde River, the wide open plain narrowed up as the river carved deeper into the valley.

Verde River Canyon

Tomorrow I’ll post pictures of cliff dwellings and caves that ancient peoples used for homes and to keep safe.

Train Tuesday

This was Miss Munchkin’s first Christmas where she connected requests for presents with the holiday. Her number one most desired present? A train. Just like in the store. Nothing else would do. What’s a Grandma to do?

After looking at several different train sets, I settled on the Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden Railway Set. We have purchased several Melissa & Doug products since Miss Munchkin’s birth and found them all to be well made, durable, and best of all, well-loved by Miss Munchkin. The train set seems to be all of the above, in addition to fun for Uncles and Grandpas to play with.


A bit overwhelmed at the size of the box and actually getting the much-desired train!

The train is now set up on our dining room table, where it is more readily reached by said Uncle and Grandpa. I am sure it will be the subject of future posts. Grandpa is already talking about taking Miss Munchkin to ride a real train. Let’s hope that will be more successful than the time we took our three to ride a train. Charles was about Miss Munchkin’s age, maybe a tad bit younger, and when that train appeared down the track, he began to scream at the noise it made. I am not sure which was louder, Charles’s screams or the train’s whistle! He did settle down, though, and enjoy the ride.