As I've mentioned before in previous posts, Flagstaff owes its existence to the railroad. Originally a lumber producing town, the railroad provided Flagstaff with the only convenient and efficient way of transporting the cut and processed lumber to where it was needed most, namely California. So when most people think of Flagstaff, they also think of trains.
Among the residents of Flagstaff there is almost a love-hate relationship with the train. Because they pass through here so frequently (4 trains per hour on average, 24 hours a day), they often create traffic congestion during "rush hour". Also, each time the train comes to a street crossing it has to blow its horn, which can be heard for miles making life for those living near the crossings very difficult. But we also like the train for the history and nostalgia it brings to our city. Each summer it brings in a flood of national and international tourists ready to see the sights of Northern Arizona, which in turn bolsters our local economy. However, whether you hate it or love it, the railway has always been and will continue to be a fixture to live here in Flagstaff.