Press Release March 26, 2007 La Plata, Missouri
The Million Mile Rail Man Rides Again: Rails to Recovery
On Apr. 27, 2007, when Chris Guenzler steps down from the Amtrak Southwest
Chief in LaPlata, MO he will become the only known person to have
accomplished a million miles of rail travel as a rail passenger in
America in modern times. His trip will begin in Fullerton, CA Apr 25,
with a departure party, continue with an onboard millionth-mile
celebration, and conclude with an arrival media reception in LaPlata,
MO. This will be followed on Sat. Apr 28th by a live broadcast on the
"Lets Talk Trains" worldwide internet radio talk show at the Depot Inn & Suites
hotel between Noon and 3PM CDT.
Chris is a recovering alcoholic and he has successfully achieved and
maintained sobriety through his love of the railroad and railroad
travel. His story, the "Rocky Rails to Sobriety" is available at
He has traveled via rail
in every state in the nation, including all Amtrak routes and almost all
tourist railways, Canada's VIA Rail routes, and many routes of interurban rail.
His photos and travelogues can be viewed at
The Amtrak route between Fullerton, California, and La Plata, Missouri,
was selected for this 1,000,000th rail mile event as these two towns are
integral to the rail ventures of Chris Guenzler and TrainWeb.com. Chris
has been posting his rail travelogues for many years at TrainWeb which
had been located upstairs from the Amtrak Ticket Office in the Fullerton
Depot for ten years. Recently, TrainWeb has moved to La Plata, Missouri,
where it is heavily involved with the expansion of the Depot Inn &
Suites into the Rail Resort, a future Valhalla for train enthusiasts.
TrainWeb has also been integrally involved in the planning of future
rail museums in both Fullerton and La Plata. Hence, it seemed only
appropriate that Chris should achieve his 1,000,000th rail mile while
traveling between these two rail towns.
For further info contact:
Ray Burns, Ray@TrainWeb.com or 800-761-4294
regarding Departure/Onboard Events and Amtrak Travel
John Rhein, John@depotinnandsuites.com or 1-888-814-3669
regarding Arrival Events or the Depot Inn & Suites
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