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Oct 11-12, 2020 - Coast Starlight to home: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. Elizabeth and I woke up at the County Inn and suites in The Dalles after a restful night of sleep and after packing up and checking things on the Internet, we checked out. After McDonald's hot cakes and sausage while... Read More>>

Oct 10, 2020 - Oregon Pacific Railroad Trip: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. We slept in and went to the Cousins Restaurant for a late breakfast where I had French Toast and bacon and Elizabeth had Cinnamon French Toast. I drove Interstate 84 to our first stop at Hood River. The Hood River Union... Read More>>

Oct 9, 2020 - A Private Sumpter Valley Railway Photo Train: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. The train returned us to McEwen. I then took another picture of Sumpter Valley 19. We walked to the south of the McEwen water tower. The engine backed by us. The engine then came out to... Read More>>

Oct 9, 2020 - Sumpter Valley Railway Fall Foliage Trip: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. We woke up at the Mill Inn and Suites and after checking out we headed to our first official stop of the day. The Oregon Trunk Bend station. From here we stopped at McDonald's where I had hot cakes and sausage but... Read More>>

Oct 11, 2020 5pmPT/6pmMT/7pmCT/8pmET - Midwest Rail Rangers - Virtual Tour of the Train Robbery Sites in Adair, Iowa and Rondout, Illinois. Join Kandace & Robert Tabern for a tour of two train robbery sites. Included is the "First Train Robbery in the West" involving Jesse James near Adair, Iowa... Click Here to view.

Oct 6-8, 2020 - Empire Builder Chicago to Portland: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. Elizabeth and I decided to sleep in and rest. I had had enough train riding so my decision was a good one. Once we got up we spent time on line before we checked out of the Holiday Inn & Suites. We walked back to... Read More>>

Oct 5, 2020 - Denver to Chicago and Roosevelt Road: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. Elizabeth and I waited at Denver Union Station until 8:00 PM before we joined the line on the platform. They took all of the coach passengers first then scanned the sleeping car passengers' tickets. Our consist was... Read More>>

Oct 4, 2020 - Alliance to Denver plus I finish up Denver Light Rail: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. Elizabeth and I packed up the rental car and checked out of the Alliance Hotel and Suites having had a restful stay last night. We repeated MacDonalds then... Read More>>

Oct 3, 2020 - Black Hills Central Railroad Steam Double Header: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. We woke up at the Alliance Hotel and Suites and after we did our usual stuff in the morning, we left the hotel leaving our bags inside since we were coming back that night. We then went to McDonald's and Elizabeth went... Read More>>

Oct 2, 2020 - McCook to Grand Island to Alliance: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. We woke up at the Cedar Inn in McCook and after we checked our morning things, the first place we went after loading the rental car, was the McCook Amtrak station for pictures. We stopped at McDonald's for breakfast before... Read More>>

Oct 1, 2020 - Denver to McCook, Nebraska: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. We woke up at the Crawford Hotel at 6:30 AM and after we checked our Internet, we went down to the Snooze Eatery where I had French Toast and bacon while Elizabeth had sausages, eggs, hashbrowns and toast. After we paid, we... Read More>>

Sep 29, 2020 - Onward to Denver: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. Elizabeth and I woke up at the Hilton Garden Inn in Emeryville and after packing up we walked to Denny's for a good French Toast breakfast under the tent behind the building. After that we walked back over to the Emeryville Amtrak station to... Read More>>

Sep 29, 2020 - Off to Emeryville : Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. We woke up in our apartment in Santa Ana and after breakfast, we prepared and finished packing for our trip to Emeryville. We then drove to the Santa Ana train station, parked in the northeast parking lot and walked over a... Read More>>

Sep 27, 2020 - Midwest Rail Rangers - Virtual Tour of the Lumberjack Steam Train in Laona, WI. Broadcast LIVE at 5pmPT/6pmMT/7pmCT/8pmET and also available after. Join Kandace & Robert Tabern with the Midwest Rail Rangers for a tour of the Lumberjack Steam Train in Laona, Wisconsin. We will ride the trip with you... as we let you enjoy... Click Here to view.

Jul 8, 2005 - 2005 NRHS Convention -- Brooklyn Roundhouse Tour and Convention Banquet: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. Even though it would be a few years until the City of Portland's three famous steam engines would have to find a new home (plans were already in the works)... Read More>>

Jul 7, 2005 - 2005 NRHS Convention -- Port of Tillamook Bay Excursion: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. Even though I had ridden the Port of Tillamook Bay Railroad four years earlier, I was looking forward to the convention trip from Banks to Enright and return. The Tillamook Branch of the... Read More>>

Jul 6, 2005 - 2005 NRHS Convention -- Western Star Steam Excursion: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. I was really looking forward to this day's excursion since I would be riding behind two steam engines that were new to me - Southern Pacific 4-8-4 4449 and... Read More>>

Jul 5, 2005 - 2005 NRHS Convention -- Mount Hood Railroad Excursion: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. I was overjoyed when I learnt the 2005 National Railway Historical Society convention was going to be held in Portland, Oregon. Living in Victoria, British Columbia, it was an... Read More>>

Sep 13, 2020 - The Trip Home from the Skookum Trip : Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. We woke up at the Days Inn in Merced and checked out then went across the road, gassed up the car and went to McDonald's for breakfast which we took down to the Amtrak station. We then discovered they did not... Read More>>

Sep 12, 2020 - Sometimes Dreams Do Come True - A Ride Behind The Skookum : Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. Every once in a while in life, a dream can come true. The Skookum returned from the dead and before Winterail in 2019, there was a charter trip and we just happened to be... Read More>>

Sep 12, 2020 - BART Antioch to Berryessa: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. We started the morning by sleeping in late which was a mistake for what we wanted to do. On a time schedule, we would have to decide what we wanted to do today. So after morning preparations, a breakfast eating it in the car at... Read More>>

Sep 11, 2020 - Sonoma-Marin Area Rapid Transit SMART: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. We woke up on the Delta King after a good night's sleep and I decided to go and take some pictures on the deck so I did. The combined railroad and highway bridge across the Sacramento River to the... Read More>>

Sep 10, 2020 - Through the Smoke As We Head to Sacramento: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. Elizabeth and I decided to ride the Skookum steam engine on the Niles Canyon Railway. By coming up here, it gave us an opportunity for Elizabeth to ride the Sacramento light rail, both of us the... Read More>>

Mt Pleasant, Iowa Guided ex-CB&Q / Amtrak Depot Tour (Episode #7): Join Kandace & Robert Tabern with the Midwest Rail Rangers for a behind-the-scenes tour of the former CB&Q and current Amtrak station in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. Amtrak station caretaker and life-long Mount Pleasant resident Ron Graber is our special guest host... Click Here to View the Program!

Jul 3, 2004 - Grand Excursion 2004 and a Double-Headed Steam Excursion: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. The Grand Excursion was a two-week celebration of the sesquicentennial of the June 1854 promotional voyage by train and steamboat into the Upper Mississippi River valley. It... Read More>>

Jul 3, 2004 - Minnesota Zephyr Dinner Train: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. What better way to finish a day riding behind a double-headed steam excursion than with a dinner train? The Minnesota Zephyr operated out of Stillwater and served a five-course, white linen dinner on a six-mile route which... Read More>>


Birthday Trip to Seattle, November 2019

Coast Starlight from Los Angeles to Seattle, WA and back.

A Long Distance Overnight Train Trip
Staying Several Nights In A Nice Hotel
In A Leading City's Downtown
Report & Photos by Robin Bowers

Chapter 1  Wed Nov 13, 2019, Our First Steps. Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. Our day started not long after sunrise (the crack of dawn) and that found us packing the last of the luggage and making sure we were on schedule to be at the Santa Ana train station. At Santa Ana, we would board MetroLink # 685 bound for... Read More>>

Chapter 2  Day Nov 14, 2019, LATE, Late, Late and some more late. Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. The night passed into sunrise and a new day began in an unknown location until a look out the window showed that we haven't traveled a great distance. We were only at our next stop after Salinas, San Jose, but... Read More>>

Chapter 3  Day Nov 15, 2019, Sunrise in Seattle.. Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. "Portland in twenty minutes" was the shout that aroused me from a deep sleep. My goodness, it is still dark out but we knew the reason for this early call. We were to gather our belongings, leave the train, walk to and into... Read More>>

Chapter 4  Day Nov 16, 2019, Celebrating the BIG day in Seattle. Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. We both spent a restful night, our first in a not moving bed or seat since Tuesday night, waking wide eyed and bushy tailed. The morning was spent easy and slow, getting ready for our lunch with my good friends and... Read More>>

Chapter 5  Day Nov 17, 2019, Pike Place Market, Monorail and Space Needle. Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. Our day started after a restful sleep in downtown Seattle. Russell awoke feeling no after effects from last night's stroll and so was up for trying to go to Pike Place Market and try again to get breakfast for... Read More>>

Chapter 6  Day Nov 18, 2019, Returning home on southbound Coast Starlight. Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. Last evening Russell, returning from his fresh air break, stopped at the front desk to chat and finding more information about checking out and transportation to the train station in the... Read More>>

Chapter 7  Day Nov 19, 2019, Coming to a end of a journey. Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. After a restful night in room C on the southbound Coast Starlight, we awoke to start our day in Sacramento, CA our third capital city stop on Coast Starlight. One of the surprises traveling at night is where you will... Read More>>


Golden Spike 150, NRHS 2019

Adventures in Utah for Spike 150
Promontory Summit - 150 years later
A Sesquicentennial
Report & Photos by Robin Bowers

Chapter 1  May 2, 2019, Afton Canyon Train, Nevada Southern Railway Museum, Bolder City, Drive the Northshore Road, Lake Mead National Recreation Area and Valley of Fire State Park, Report & Photos by Robin Bowers, Adventures in Utah for Spike 150, Promontory Summit - 150 years later... Read More>>

Chapter 2  May 3, 2019, Tooele Valley, Rio Tinto Kennecott Mine, Snow Covered Utah Mountain Ranges, Report & Photos by Robin Bowers, Adventures in Utah for Spike 150, Promontory Summit - 150 years later, A Sesquicentennial... Read More>>

Chapter 3  May 4, 2019, Riding the Heber Valley Railroad, Report & Photos by Robin Bowers, Adventures in Utah for Spike 150, Promontory Summit - 150 years later, A Sesquicentennial... Read More>>

Chapter 4  May 5, 2019, Lagoon Park, Promontory Summit, Spiral Jetty, Report & Photos by Robin Bowers, Adventures in Utah for Spike 150, Promontory Summit - 150 years later, A Sesquicentennial... Read More>>

Chapter 5  May 6, 2019, Big Boy at Evanston, WY, Echo Canyon, Solider Summit, Helper UT, Report & Photos by Robin Bowers, Adventures in Utah for Spike 150, Promontory Summit - 150 years later, A Sesquicentennial... Read More>>

Chapter 6  May 7, 2019, California Zephyr, Solider Summit, SLC rail, Report & Photos by Robin Bowers, Adventures in Utah for Spike 150, Promontory Summit - 150 years later, A Sesquicentennial... Read More>>

Chapter 7  May 8, 2019, Chasing Big Boy in Echo Canyon, Riding the FrontRange, Report & Photos by Robin Bowers, Adventures in Utah for Spike 150, Promontory Summit - 150 years later, A Sesquicentennial... Read More>>

Chapter 8  May 9, 2019, Big Boy meets 844 in Ogden, Tabernacle Choir rehearsal, Report & Photos by Robin Bowers, Adventures in Utah for Spike 150, Promontory Summit - 150 years later, A Sesquicentennial... Read More>>

Chapter 9  May 10, 2019, A Promontory Summit Celebration Day, Report & Photos by Robin Bowers, Adventures in Utah for Spike 150, Promontory Summit - 150 years later, A Sesquicentennial... Read More>>

Chapter 10  May 11, 2019, Heber Creeper, Ely, NV, Report & Photos by Robin Bowers, Adventures in Utah for Spike 150, Promontory Summit - 150 years later, A Sesquicentennial... Read More>>

Chapter 11  May 12, 2019, Nevada Northern, Caliente, Report & Photos by Robin Bowers, Adventures in Utah for Spike 150, Promontory Summit - 150 years later, A Sesquicentennial... Read More>>


Sep 6, 2020 - Tioga Pass Trip from San Diego: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. Elizabeth saw Norm Orfall's posting on Trainorders that Tioga Pass was going to be making a round trip to San Diego on September 5 and 6. She contacted him and made arrangements for us to ride the northbound trip. We rode... Read More>>

September 1, 2020 - Could I Still Ride Trains? Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. How could I still ride trains in the Covid-19 Era? I boarded the trains and found them empty. I thought this would be the safest place for me during the pandemic. But I would have to take precautions. First, I had to find a... Read More>>

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, Scottsdale, Arizona Visits 2002 to 2012: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. My first visit to this unique park was in February 2002 when my friend Bob Alkire took me there. He volunteered there in the mid-1970's for several years, running the Paradise and... Read More>>

Jun 7, 2002 - Seattle Waterfront Streetcar: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. I had my first opportunity to ride this line in June 2002 and again in May 2004. While I did not take any pictures, my recollection of my rides were they were a lot of fun and gave one a different perspective of the Seattle waterfront than... Read More>>

Spirit of Washington Dinner Train ~ 2004, 2005 and 2007: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. The Spirit of Washington Dinner Train operated in King County, Washington for fifteen years from 1992 to 2007. Guests enjoyed an excursion through the communities east of Lake Washington from... Read More>>

Aug 21, 2002 - 2002 NRHS Convention - Verde Canyon Railroad: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. I joined the National Railway Historical Society (NRHS) in 2002 when I learnt that year's convention was going to be held in Williams, Arizona. The Grand Canyon was somewhere I had wanted to visit for a... Read More>>

Aug 22, 2002 - 2002 NRHS Convention - Sunset Trip to the Grand Canyon: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. The timing of the return to Williams from the Verde Canyon Railroad allowed me to see and photograph the afternoon Grand Canyon Railway train returning. Before that arrived though, I had a... Read More>>

Aug 24, 2002 - 2002 NRHS Convention - 3751 Grand Canyon Limited Excursion: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. There were no excursions scheduled for August 23rd but I did attend one of the seminars and walked around Williams and visited City Hall where I was given a municipal lapel pin to add to... Read More>>

Aug 25, 2002 - 2002 NRHS Convention - 3751 Canyon Limited: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. The "outbound" trip of the 2002 convention was a two-day steam event, with the first day from Williams to Parker and the second day from Parker to Los Angeles. I rode the Sunday segment featuring rare... Read More>>

Southern Railway of British Columbia's Trapp Yard Visits: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. Southern Railway of British Columbia (SRY) is a shortline railway based in New Westminster, British Columbia. Originally the B.C. Electric Railway starting in 1897 and then B.C. Hydro Railway in 1961, it operated... Read More>>

Canadian National's Thornton Yard Visits: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. Port Mann townsite was created in 1911 in the municipality of Surrey, British Columbia. It was to adjoin the new railway yard and roundhouse forming the terminus of the trans-national rail line operated by... Read More>>

Canadian Pacific's Coquitlam Yard Visits: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. Of the four Lower Mainland rail yards, Canadian Pacific's Coquitlam Yard on Oxford Street was the one I most looked forward to visiting. For several years starting in... Read More>>

Visits to San Francisco in 2003 and 2004: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. I have only been to San Francisco twice, once in November 2003 and the other time in May 2004. Both were as part of a larger trip but the cable cars and Bay Area Rapid Transit, MUNI and the Market Street Railways were... Read More>>


Sun Aug 23, 2020 5pmPT/6pmMT/7pmCT/8pmET Wisconsin Great Northern Dinner Train (Part2of2): Join Kandace & Robert Tabern with the Midwest Rail Rangers for a tour of the passenger rail equipment that makes up the Wisconsin Great Northern's Bed and Breakfast Train. America's only bed and breakfast dinner train....
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Milwaukee Road Depot - Winona, Minnesota. Join Kandace & Robert Tabern with the Midwest Rail Rangers for a short discussion about the Empire Builder and the historic Milwaukee Road Depot in Winona, Minnesota. Did you know that you can still see the Milwaukee Road logo on one side of the old freight house located here?
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