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May 6&7, 2017 - Railroad Days 2017 In Fullerton: Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. We arrived on time in Fullerton at 9:37 am proceeded to use the bridge to cross over to Tracks 3 and 4 for pictures. As we were crossing on bridge, we saw our first train, a BNSF freight on Track 2... Read More>>

Oct 16, 2016 - Little Gems in Our Neighborhood Part Three: Report & Photos by Robin Bowers Griffith Park & Southern Railroad in Los Angeles, California. After a nice Sunday drive through the park we found our first train ride, although not a planned venue but an unexpected nice surprise... Read More>>

Oct 15, 2016 - Little Gems in Our Neighborhood Part Two: Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. Tom's Farm in Corona, California, and also Orange County Model Engineers at Scarecros and Pumpkin Festival at Fairview Park, Costa Mesa, California... Read More>>

Oct 8, 2016 - Little Gems in Our Neighborhood Part One: Report & Photos by Robin Bowers Road Trip to Long Beach and La Canada Flintridge, CA. The seed for this trip started germinating several weeks back when Chris was lamenting the fact that this weekend there would be no passenger train service for Orange County so we were looking for a plan B to find a train to ride on the weekend... Read More>>

July 2, 2016 - Adventures in the Rockies Chapter Two - Arizona and New Mexico: Report & Photos by Robin Bowers The rest of the way to Canyon Diablo and the railroad bridge was to follow a wide cow path. Our route was a rough trail to the tracks in the distance. The slow and bumpy ride north to the tracks and then west to the bridge was successful... Read More>>

July 1, 2016 - Adventures in the Rockies Chapter One - California and Arizona Road Trip: Report & Photos by Robin Bowers Today is the start of our great Rockies Adventure. We would be traveling around Colorado, parts of Wyoming, Nebraska, and South Dakota to see and ride as many tourist railroads and take pics of all steam locomotives in that area... Read More>>

April 30 & May 1, 2016 - Fullerton Railroad Days: Report & Photos by Robin Bowers The annual Southern California Railway Plaza Association Railroad Days 2016, presented by Amtrak this year, held in the Metrolink commuter train parking lot at the Amtrak/Metrolink Fullerton Station... Read More>>

April 17, 2016 - Amtrak Pacific Surlfiner to Chinatown: Report & Photos by Robin Bowers Exploring Chinatown, Past and Present, Los Angeles Conservancy Tour. Spring was here again and time for another walking tour from the Los Angeles Conservancy. The Conservancy presents a tour in the spring and another in the autumn... Read More>>


Adventures In New England

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June 11-24, 2015: Train Travelers Robin Bowers & Chris Guenzler

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Chapter 1 June 11, 2015 - Lift Off: Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. After many months of looking at maps, train schedules and various tour books, the end has come. Stop !! Put the pencil down, raise your hands. Grading will now begin with final grade to be received in 27 days... Read More>>

Chapter 2 June 12, 2015 - Manhattan A: Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. Nine Hours in Manhattan. I certainly can't remember the time on that early morning the first day in New York State that we stumbled out of our hotel room. But our parking receipt states that we made the purchase at 05.21 AM. The rate is $3.75 for 16 hours. So the expiration Time/Date is 09.21 PM on... Read More>>

Chapter 3 June 12, 2015 - Manhattan B: Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. Going Uptown on the East Side. After a stroll around Battery Park and soaking in the great harbor views, I found my way back to the bus pick-up point. We would now be heading to Midtown Manhattan with several views of the East River... Read More>>

Chapter 4 June 13, 2015 - Walkway over the Hudson and trains in the Catskills: Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. After loading the car and leaving the motel, our first stop was for breakfast at McDonald's which was an easy find because it was across the road from the Subway shop. Then we were headed west towards Poughkeepsie, Walkway bridge and Marist College... Read More>>

Chapter 5 June 14, 2015 - Rutland to Smithville Photo Freight: Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. Our first morning in Vermont began shortly after 6:00 AM as we headed for the Day's Inn breakfast room; a cozy room with windows overlooking the front yard. There were the usual breakfast fixings to be had. The most popular spot was the do-it-yourself waffle iron... Read More>>

Chapter 6 June 14, 2015 - Vermont RR Depots and Covered Bridges road trip: Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. After our train ride, Chris and I jumped into our car and head to Proctor, VT for our first stop at Wilson Castle. Wilson Castle is a three-story house, home to five generations of the Wilson family. Located on an... Read More>>

Chapter 7 June 15, 2015 - Saratoga Springs to North Creek Passenger Train: Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. Today began with early breakfast in the motel's breakfast room. Today's adventure will begin at the Rutland VT Amtrak station with us boarding the Ethan Allen Express at 8:00 A.M. and arriving at Saratoga Springs at 9:37 A.M. After arriving in Saratoga Springs we... Read More>>

Chapter 8 June 16, 2015 - Green Mountain RR to Bellows Falls: Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. Today started with a nice breakfast in the motel's dining room. Our train left at 10:00 A.M., so we were not rushed as much today. After breakfast, we drove to the Rutland Amtrak station(RUD). The reason for today's later start was a. the Ethan Allen Express departs at... Read More>>

Chapter 9 June 17, 2015 - Heritage Tour - Vermont Products and Parks: Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. This morning started with breakfast in the motel's dining room. Then it was a short walk across S. Main Street ( US Rt 4) to the Holiday Inn to board the bus for today's tour. Heritage Tour - Vermont Products and Parks Tour was scheduled to leave the Holiday Inn at 7:45AM with... Read More>>

Chapter 10 Jun 18, 2015 - Rutland to Burlington Passenger Train: Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. Today's train departs at 10:00 AM from Rutland. After breakfast, with a couple of hours free to explore, Chris and I drove to the locomotive yard, location of the former car shop building, to see what... Read More>>

Chapter 11 Jun 19, 2015 - Omya plant, Shelburne Museum & Covered Bridges: Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. Rutland to Omya Passenger Train, Shelburne Museum and Covered Bridges. Today's train trip to the Omya plant will be broken into two parts This is due to lack of track space at the plant. Group One will depart Rutland by... Read More>>

Chapter 12 June 20, 2015 - Rutland to N Bennington & Hoosick Jct Passenger Train: Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. Rutland to Hoosick Junction Passenger Train. Chris and I arrived at the station 9:00AM. and a little early for our scheduled 10:00AM departure for New York State. Hoosick Junction is just a few miles west... Read More>>

Chapter 13 June 21, 2015 - Winnipesaukee RR, Hobo RR & Cafe Lafayette Dinner Train: Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. The crack of dawn was still ringing throughout the Green Mountains, when we skipped down the road out of Town Rutland. Our week's stay here was a once-in-a-lifetime... Read More>>

Chapter 14 June 22, 2015 - Mt Washington Cog Rwy, Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes RR: Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. Today's journey began after a quick breakfast in Lincoln and then we headed north on US 3. We continued on US 3 to Twin Mountain and the junction with US 302. We continued east now on... Read More>>

Chapter 15 June 23, 2015 - Conway Scenic RR, Silver Lake RR: Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. Conway Scenic Railroad, off SR 16 and US 302, offers nostalgic, narrated, round-trip train rides of varying duration. Excursions are powered by early diesel locomotives over tracks laid in the 1870's. Trains depart from... Read More>>

Chapter 16 June 24, 2015 - Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington R'y Co. / Boothbay Railway Village / Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad: Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. The night passed with sporadic storms and showers. But sunrise brought blue skies and bright sunshine for our day's adventures. Chris and I were up early and on US 1 heading north to the village of... Read More>>

Chapter 17 June 24, 2015 - Penobscot Narrows Bridge, Fort Knox State Historic Site, Cole Land Transportation Museum, Augusta Capital Building, Gardiner, ME, and Bath, ME: Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. Continuing our day in Northeastern Maine, we drove north on US 1 and saw great vistas of the shore line and Penobscot Bay. Heading toward... Read More>>

Chapter 18 June 25, 2015 - Amtrak Downeaster, Maine Narrow Gauge Museum, Seashore Trolley Museum, Lowell National Historic Park: Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. Chris and I had the car loaded, checked out of Best Western and were headed north on US 1, while the crack of dawn was still reverberating in morning sky of Maine. Our first stop was... Read More>>

Chapter 19 June 26, 2015 - Freedom Train, Old Ironsides, Inner harbor & CapeFlyer: Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. Last night, Chris and I had a nice dinner at the Outback Steakhouse in Lowell, MA, then returned to the motel. Afterwards, I went to find a laundromat close and once I had located it and started to do the laundry, there was a car accident... Read More>>

Chapter 20 June 27, 2015 - Connecticut Eastern RR Museum, Essex Steam Train, Shore Line Trolley Museum, New Haven Line, Metro North Railroad: Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. After a good night's rest from our big day in Boston and a quick bit to eat, Chris and I were ready to start another day of adventure and exploring. We headed south to our first stop,.. Read More>>



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