WILLIAMS, Ariz. — The railway that travels to the Grand Canyon saw an increase in ridership last year, even without December figures.

The Grand Canyon Railway goes 130 miles roundtrip between Williams and the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

Railway spokesman Bruce Brossman says nearly 165,400 people took the train last year, about 21,770 more than in 2016.

Brossman says bookings so far this year are outpacing last year’s.

The railway operates from a historic depot in Williams.

An Amtrak station three miles away had served as a connector until it closed this week. Amtrak passengers now are rerouted through Flagstaff and can take a shuttle to and from Williams.

The closure didn’t affect the Grand Canyon train. Xanterra (zan-TAYR’-uh) Parks and Resorts purchased the railway a decade ago.

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