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Below you will find all of the railroad related stories, rail photos, rail travelogues and rail events that have been featured with a photo link on the main page of TrainWeb.com this year. Click on each of the below photo links to review the full reports. You will find there are a tremendous number of travelogues of Amtrak travel, rail travel on VIA Rail Canada, as well as rail travel on many other rail systems and tourist railways throughout the world. Check back often as new stories are continually being added.

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Reports Posted This Year:

Sep 5, 2006 - A Visit to Keokuk, Iowa: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. While most of this day was spent in Fort Madison (travelogue can be found at A Visit to Fort Madison, Iowa), a side trip was taken to the City of Keokuk, the county seat of Lee County. It is the state's southernmost city and is... Read More>>

Sep 5, 2006 - A Visit to Fort Madison, Iowa ~ Labour Day Weekend 2006: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. Based in Fort Madison, trips were made to Mount Pleasant and Keokuk, as well as a day trip to Chicago for a Cubs vs. Pirates baseball game. Tuesday, September 5th was spent in and... Read More>>

Sep 3, 2006 - Midwest Central Railway and Midwest Electric Railway: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. Labour Day is one of the few holidays that Canada and the United States celebrate together. For the five days ending on Labour Day, the City of Mount Pleasant, Iowa hosts the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion. When... Read More>>

Nov 16, 2020 - The Trip Home from the Soo Line 1003 Charter: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. While we waited at the Amtrak station in Milwaukee, we got on the Greyound internet and checked things. Elizabeth and our luggage at the Milwaukee Amtrak station. The security guard checked everyone's tickets to... Read More>>

Oct 22, 2020 5pmPT/6pmMT/7pmCT/8pmET - New Virtual Educational Program: Rail Rangers Return to La Plata, MO: A 5th Anniversary Special. Stops include the La Plata Santa Fe/Amtrak Station, Depot Inn and Suites, Santa Fe Lake, and the Chris Guenzler Million Mile Lookout Point. We will also... Click Here To View>>

Oct 10-15, 2020 - Los Angeles - Seattle Round Trip on the Amtrak Coast Starlight: Photos & Text by Carl Morrison. Itinerary. Saturday, October 10, 2020 - Depart Fullerton, California, Station 8:16 a.m. Pacific Surfliner 763 Unreserved Coach Seats Arrive LA 8:51 a.m. Transfer to Train 14, Coast Starlight Los Angeles - Seattle (King Street Station) 1 Superliner roomette | Car 1431 Room 5 Departs 10:10 Arrives Seattle... Read More>> Slide Show>>

Nov 16, 2020 - The Hop The Milwaukee Streetcar: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. After returning the rental car we took the shuttle back to the Amtrak station at the Milwaukee Airport. Amtrak 331 came into the Milwaukee Airport. We boarded this train and rode to the Downtown Milwaukee Amtrak station where we... Read More>>

Nov 15, 2020 - Trains Magazine 80th Anniversary Soo Line Freight Charter: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. Yesterday evening we checked in with Jim Wrinn, editor of Trains Magazine, and received our driving directions, lanyards, 80th anniversary pin and special "80" cookies that his wife, Cate Katville-Wrinn, had... Read More>>

Nov 13-14, 2020 - Two Days of Train Stations in Wisconsin plus other things: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. After we left the National Railroad Museum, we drove straight into downtown Green Bay and we found two things to photograph. Former Seaboard Air Line 6 bedroom lounge car 15 "Red Mountain", which... Read More>>

Nov 13, 2020 - National Railroad Museum, Green Bay Wisconsin: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. Elizabeth was excited as we crossed the Fox River as she had never been to this museum before and I had not been there since 2003. The sign you see from the freeway. We pulled in and parked before taking... Read More>>

Nov 10-13, 2020 - The Trip East to Milwaukee Airport Plus More: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. The day had finally arrived for this trip, one which I had been anticipating for weeks. On this trip, Elizabeth and I are taking the Southwest Chief to Chicago, Hiawatha Service to Milwaukee Airport, renting a car and on Sunday, participating in the Trains Magazine's... Read More>>

Jun 24, 2006 - Milwaukee Road 261 to Wisconsin Dells "Route of the Hiawathas": Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. This trip was originally going to be my first steam excursion chase but it became my second time riding behind Milwaukee Road 261. Rather than fly from Victoria to Seattle, I decided this time to take the... Read More>>

Jun 9, 2006 - Camp 6 Logging Museum Train and More: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. After three days of rare mileage trips (described in the previous three travelogues), I wondered how this week could get any better. Chris Guenzler had invited me to join him, Chris Parker, Bob Riskie and Jim Nowell and others for their visit to the Camp 6 Logging Museum in... Read More>>

Jun 8, 2006 - Southern Appalachia Railway Museum Charter on Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. The third of the three-day Southern Appalachia Railway Museum-sponsored photo charters organized by Dr. Barton (Bart) Jennings was yet another first for me as I had not... Read More>>

Jun 7, 2006 - Southern Appalachia Railway Museum Charter on Chehalis-Centralia Railroad: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. This was the second of three photo charters sponsored by the Southern Appalachia Railway Museum and organized by Dr. Barton (Bart) Jennings, part of the six seminal events in my... Read More>>

Jun 6, 2006 - Southern Appalachia Railway Museum Charter on Port of Tillamook Bay Railroad: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. Of the numerous excursions and opportunities to be part of special trains that I have had since becoming immersed in this hobby, there are six events that were seminal. The three... Read More>>

May 1, 2006 - Whistler Mountaineer Inaugural Trip: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. Rocky Mountaineer Vacations, formerly Great Canadian Railtour Company, initiated the Whistler Mountaineer in 2006. Running north and south each day on the 73.4 mile British Columbia Railway line, the nine-car, two-class train departed North Vancouver at... Read More>>

Nov 26, 2005 - The Polar Express -- Pere Marquette 1225: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. Before 2004, when it was made into an Oscar-nominated film, I had never heard of Chris van Allsburg's 1985 children's story. However, upon learning how central Pere Marquette 2-8-4 1225 was to the story, it made me want to see and ride behind this now-famous Lima Locomotive Works steam engine. The opportunity came in late November 2005 and was my first train trip in snow. Bob and I spent Thanksgiving in Arizona with his family then flew to Detroit Thanksgiving night, rented a car and stayed near the airport. The next day, we drove to Durand and found our way to Union Station, although it was not well sign-posted. Durand Union Station History. The Village of Vernon Center (now Durand) was... Read More>>

Sep 24, 2005 - Kamloops Heritage Railway's Armstrong Explorer: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. The chance to ride behind the restored Canadian National Railway 2-8-0 2141, the last Canadian National steam engine to work on Vancouver Island, occurred late September 2005. The Kamloops... Read More>>

Sep 5, 2005 - Labour Day Weekend Trip to Heritage Park in Calgary, Alberta: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. My (late) friend, Richard Isles, had long recommended Heritage Park as a worthwhile attraction to visit when in Calgary. This unique Park's attractions and exhibits span Western Canadian history... Read More>>

Sep 4, 2005 - Labour Day Weekend Trip on the Alberta Prairie Railway: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. Little did I realize that before the end of the day, I would have my first steam engine cab ride! Although the trip did not start until 11:00, Bob and I arrived at the station early to look around and take... Read More>>

Sep 3, 2005 - Labour Day Weekend Trip to Calgary and Stettler, Alberta: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. Calgary, the venue for the 1988 Winter Olympic Games and home to the famous Calgary Stampede, among several other distinctions, beckoned in late summer 2005 when Bob and I decided to make our first journey to the neighbouring province to British Columbia. Heritage Park, Calgary Tower, the light rail were all on our itinerary, but the main reason for our visit was to ride the Rocky Mountain Rail Society's Alberta Prairie Railway, home to Canadian National 4-8-2 6060. We flew from Victoria to Calgary on WestJet on September 2nd, rented a car and stayed in down town Calgary overnight... Read More>>

Aug 21, 2005 - Empire Builder Re-launch and Amtrak Cascades Expansion: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. There have been several events at King Street Station that I attended since becoming a rail enthusiast, and this travelogue will cover the first two, namely the 75th Anniversary of the Empire Builder and... Read More>>

Nov 8, 2020 5pmPT/6pmMT/7pmCT/8pmET - Midwest Rail Rangers Virtual Tour: All About the Midwest Rail Rangers. Join Kandace & Robert Tabern will answer 10 questions from riders/viewers about the organization. We will tell you how we got started as a group... some exciting things planned in the coming... Click Here To View>>

Oct 24, 2020 - A Trip to Campo and Other Surprises Along The Way : Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. At 8:15 AM, Elizabeth and I drove over to the Smith's house and picked up Greg and Marty Smith. With Elizabeth driving we headed south down Interstate 5 to Loomis Santa Fe Avenue and... Read More>>

Oct 25, 2020 5pmPT/6pmMT/7pmCT/8pmET - Midwest Rail Rangers Virtual Tour of the Rochelle, Illinois Railroad Park. Join Kandace & Robert Tabern for a tour of the Union Pacific and BNSF Railroad Diamond in Rochelle, Illinois. This is one of the most popular spots in the Midwest for train watching... Read More>>

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 switch. The steam engine then... 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 Spokane, Portland and Seattle 4-8-4 700. Both are... 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 north. The I Street lift... 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 marked the... 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 Canadian Northern Railway. It was... 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 1996, I was... 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 ridden, albeit very... 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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Aug 17, 2020 - Introducing Rail Traveler Elizabeth Guenzler! The Ongoing Rail and Other Adventures of Elizabeth Guenzler. Welcome to my website! This is a work in progress and will feature travelogues on train excursions and railfanning adventures from British Columbia, Alberta and many... Read More>>

Getting To Know Me by Elizabeth Guenzler. I was born on February 2nd, 1972 in Vancouver, British Columbia, to Ken and Audrey Davidge, an English couple who had emigrated from England in 1957. I lived in Vancouver but when my father was transferred from the Vancouver store of Henry Birks and Sons Jewellers to the new Victoria store, we moved to Colwood, a few miles west of Victoria. This occurred at the end of January 1974 so I missed my second birthday! The English are... Read More>>

Elizabeth Guenzler Train Trip and Excursion Travelogues

Jun 24, 2000 - Pacific Wilderness Railway Inaugural Trip June 24th, 2000: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. Not only was this the inaugural trip of a new excursion train in Victoria but it was also my first train ride in Canada. Since developing an interest in this hobby in the mid-1990's, the focus of it had... Read More>>

Oct 28, 2001 - Port of Tillamook Bay Autumn Colours Excursion: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. This trip has the distinction of being my first train trip in the United States. It had been advertised on the Altamont Press website and was an Autumn Colours excursion from Buxton to... Read More>>

May 4, 2002 - Canadian Pacific 2816 Excursion on Westcoast Express: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. I cannot recall how I learnt of this rare excursion but it may have been through my steam enthusiast friend and colleague Peter Lofthouse. Canadian Pacific 4-6-4 2816 was to lead the Westcoast Express commuter train on a special Saturday trip as... Read More>>

Jul 6, 2002 - Pacific Starlight Dinner Train : Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. My friend Bob Alkire and I spent Independence Day weekend in Seattle and Vancouver, and I took him railfanning, we saw the musical "Cats" in Vancouver then rode... Read More>>

Elizabeth Guenzler Railfanning Travelogues

The Canadian Pacific Railway Roundhouse in Victoria, British Columbia: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. It was through the Roundhouse Museum Society that I became interested in railways in 1992 and this would morph into a... Read More>>

Visits to Wellcox Yard, Nanaimo, British Columbia: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. Canadian Pacific Railway was not only a rail company, it had steamship, barge, hotel and air components. In the 1950's, a new steamship, the Princess of Vancouver, was ordered which combined passenger, automobile and... Read More>>

Chasing E&N Railfreight from Nanaimo to Port Alberni: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. E&N Railfreight was an internal Canadian Pacific Railway shortline created in 1996 which served a few industries from Nanaimo south to Victoria and from Parksville west to Port Alberni, site of a pulp mill, the main industry in... Read More>>

Roberts Bank, Delta, British Columbia Railfanning: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. For about ten years from the mid-1990's to the mid-2000's, I attended the twice-yearly model railway shows held at the Cameron Recreation Centre in Burnaby, British Columbia. These were the largest model... Read More>>

New Westminster, British Columbia's BNSF Braid Yard: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. The twice-yearly trips to the model railway shows in Burnaby always included visits to the rail yards in the area. On the way to Burnaby is the City of New Westminster and Burlington Northern Santa Fe's New... Read More>>


August 14, 2020 - Santa Fe Stations near the Sprinter: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. Elizabeth and I had wanted to take pictures of the Vista and Escondido stations for a few months. Marty Smith and I went to Orange to ride trains the day before and saw some interesting things... Read More>>

August 13, 2020 - My Concert Programs through the years: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. These are the Concert Programs from the shows I've seen. Not all concerts had programs. I have sometimes taken the train to the shows... Read More>>

July 28, 2020 - Train Enthusiasts Chris & Elizabeth Guenzler's Wedding On A Train & Honeymoon Railfanning Trip. 20 Rail Travel Reports With Photos by Chris Guenzler related to their July 5th, 2020, wedding on a Metrolink train and then their honeymoon and railfanning trip together... Read More>>

July 26, 2020 - Midwest Rail Rangers New Virtual Educational Program Tonight at 5pmPT / 6pmMT / 5pmCT / 4pmET (YouTube Video). Come and take a virtual tour of the WIsconsin Great Northern Railroad's "Aristocrat Lounge Car" EPISODE 4. We strongly suggest that you tune in and have the link up and ready-to-go on your browser 5 or 10 minutes before hand... Read More>>

Jul 18, 2020 - Our Honeymoon The Two Day Trip to Home: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. We woke up at the Ramada Inn in East Ely and wrote both stories of yesterday's two trips. We left the key in the room, loaded the car and left for the McDonald's down the road. After we ate in the car, we took... Read More>>

July 17, 2020 - Our Honeymoon Nevada Northern Robinson Canyon Steam Trip plus more: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. After we finished we packed up and checked out of the Riverside Motel then drove across Soldier Summit on Highway 6 with no trains at all. We stopped at Spanish Fork for... Read More>>

July 17, 2020 - Honeymoon Trip Nevada Northern Star Train: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. I went down to the Nevada Northern depot and the ticket window and asked if they had room for me on the Star Train tonight. They said yes and they even gave me the 10% off the ticket price since I was... Read More>>

July 16, 2020 - Our Honeymoon Heber City via Evanston to Helper: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. We left Heber City and headed to Evanston. Near Wasatch, Utah, we saw a train heading our way east and we pulled off at the exit and had to run over to the cut as this track was below ground at this location... Read More>>

July 16, 2020 - Our Honeymoon Heber Valley Railroad: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. We woke up at the Holiday Inn Express in Heber City. I showered and then packed up and we left and headed to McDonald's to go through the drive through then drove down to the old stations and parked across the... Read More>>

July 15, 2020 - Our Honeymoon Laramie to Heber City: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. We awoke at the Days Inn in Laramie and after taking breakfast back to the room, we packed up and checked out. We drove downtown to the Laramie Union Pacific station and LaBonte Park. The Laramie Union Pacific station... Read More>>

July 14, 2020 - Our Honeymoon North Platte plus more: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. We woke up at the Alliance Hotel and Suites and then went to McDonald's for breakfast. We decided to drive Highway 2 east of Mullen, something I had wanted to do for a long time and a chance to see BNSF coal trains in a... Read More>>

July 13, 2020 - Our Honeymoon Newcastle to Alliance Black Hills Central Railroad: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. We woke up at the Pines Country Inn and after preparing for our day, we left Newcastle, Wyoming and headed for Custer, South Dakota. Elizabeth making her first trip to South Dakota. After that... Read More>>

July 12, 2020 - Our Honeymoon Powder River Basin: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. We woke up at the Super 8 in Douglas and after packing, went to McDonald's and used the drive-through, picked up breakfast and drove to the Douglas Railroad Museum and ate it in their parking lot. From here, we... Read More>>

July 11, 2020 - Our Honeymoon Denver to Douglas: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. We woke up in our most comfortable bed and I converted the pictures and Elizabeth labelled them then wrote the story of the Georgetown Loop. After that, we checked e-mail and a few other things before... Read More>>

Virtual Tour of the Fenelon Elevator in Dubuque, Iowa. Video premieres July 12, 2020, Sunday 7PM CT. Join Kandace & Robert Tabern with the Midwest Rail Rangers for a short tour of the Fenelon Elevator in Dubuque, Iowa. It is a 3-foot narrow gauge funicular railway. Also known as the Fourth Street Elevator, it is... Read More>>

July 10, 2020 - Our Honeymoon Georgetown Loop Railroad: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. From here, we drove to Silver Plume. We parked and first down toward the engine house. Georgetown Loop 2-8-0 111 inside the engine house. We heard a whistle and we both had big smiles on our... Read More>>

July 10, 2020 - Our Honeymoon Colorado Rail Experiences: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. After waking up we loaded the car and checked out of the Best Western Rambler Inn. Neither of us wanted the modified breakfast which was breakfast sandwiches and granola bars. Since Elizabeth had never... Read More>>

Virtual Tour of the Fenelon Elevator in Dubuque, Iowa. Video premieres July 12, 2020, Sunday 5PM CT. Join Kandace & Robert Tabern with the Midwest Rail Rangers for a short tour of the Fenelon Elevator in Dubuque, Iowa. It is a 3-foot narrow gauge funicular railway. Also known as the Fourth Street Elevator, it is... Read More>>

July 9, 2020 - Our Honeymoon Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. We woke up in Alamosa at the Best Western Alamosa Inn. We went first to McDonald's and brought breakfast back to the room. After we packed we drove down to Antonito and parked the car. The first picture was... Read More>>

July 8, 2020 - Our Honeymoon Dolores to Alamosa: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. We woke up and went to the Ponderosa Restaurant for breakfast where I enjoyed pancakes, bacon and orange juice. We packed up the car and drove Colorado 145 over Lizard Head Pass as we made our way to Placerville where we... Read More>>

July 7, 2020 - Our Honeymoon Winslow to Dolores: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. I got up at 5:25 AM and managed to get to the BNSF mainline just as the Southwest Chief was leaving on time this morning. I returned to the room and went back to bed. At 7:10 AM, we went to the Turquoise Room and... Read More>>

July 6, 2020 - Our Honeymoon Santa Ana to Winslow: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. [7/5/20] We left the reception and went home to our apartment where we finished packing then wrote the wedding story. We then drove to the La Quinta Inn in Irvine for our first night as a married couple. [7/6/20] We got... Read More>>

July 5, 2020 - Chris Guenzler's Wedding: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. My best man Bill Compton picked me up at the apartment and we drove down to Santa Ana where inside the station we found Greg sitting on the bench. His brother Marty was in the bathroom at this point so I went out to the Metrolink ticket machine and... Read More>>

July 3, 2020 - My Bachelor Party: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. Since I am getting married on a train, I decided to have my bachelor party on the train as well. We made plans and then last week, had to change them due to Metrolink operating a holiday schedule on the day we had chosen. So we sent out a... Read More>>

June 5, 2020 - Cajon Pass with Elizabeth and Bill: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. Since Elizabeth caught only one train at Blu Cut on her visit to Cajon Pass on the trip down from Washington, we decided to take her back and take her to some of our favorite spots. We met Bill out in front of our apartment and then... Read More>>

April 18, 2020 - The Trip to bring Elizabeth to my home: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. This trip was one I had to make no matter what was going on in the world at the time. My life was about to start a new chapter, as was Elizabeth's. She had had a major change in her personal life and was now... Read More>>

Aug 4, 2019 - Roundabout Route To Norfolk: by Jack M. Turner. Between 1967 and 1970 my father took our family on 3 or 4 trips aboard Seaboard Coast Line's Silver Star between Florida and Richmond, VA. Several aspects of those trips stood out such as riding the rear sleeping car (line number R-360) which was... Read More>>

Aug 2019 - Train Watching HotSpot: Plant City, Florida: by Jack M. Turner. Traditionally the leading Florida destination by train is Orlando with its plethora of theme parks that appeal to multiple generations. Two daily Amtrak trains directly serve Orlando along with the Auto Train which delivers passengers and their automobiles to nearby Sanford. Both the... Read More>>

Apr 4, 2020 - A Trip to Cajon Pass: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. Bill Compton and I had decided to chase the Coast Starlight Detour until I learned it was cancelled. So I called Bill and we decided to go to Cajon Pass instead that same Saturday. Bill picked me up in front of my apartment and we headed out... Read More>>

Mar 7, 2020 - BNSF Needles Sub Trip to Ash Hill: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. Bill and I decided to head out to the Needles Sub over the weekend. He met me at my new apartment and we headed out to Barstow then Dagget. Following National Trail Highway it did not take long to find a train... Read More>>

March 20, 2020 - Coast Starlight with Covered Bridges of Oregon: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. The trip was to Winterail but when they postponed it due to the threat of Coronavirus, I had roundtrip tickets in a sleeper to Portland. I decided to still use my tickets and Elizabeth decided with me to make this a... Read More>>

Feb 19, 2020 - La Plata Railfan Guide UPDATE: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. The Depot Inn and Suites in La Plata is an excellent place to stay when Railfanning. This guide will show you pictures and directions to locations I have photographed at over the years. The hotel can be your base of operation and... Read More>>

Today's Featured TrainWeb Site: www.trainweb.org/npsg - North Penn S Gaugers We were established in March of 1998 to encourage S gauge model railroaders in the North Penn area. The North Penn area was so named by the Reading Company Mainline from Philadelphia to Bethlehem. Today we have members along the North Penn mainline in Philadelphia and... Read More>>

Chris Guenzler End of the Year Review 2019. The year started off with local railroad photography. Next I had my 24rd year of sobriety on January 18, 2019. Bill Compton and I made our first trip out to the BNSF Needles sub. I joined NRHS members John Goodman and Skip Waters on the NRHS Discovery Visit for the... Read More>>

Chapter 26  Adventures in the Rockies Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. July 25, 2016: Heading west through New Mexico and Arizona stopping to tour the Petrified Forest plus a stop to stand on corner in Winslow. Chris and I slept in a bit this morning in Grants due to gaining a hour on our westward trek. I had a good... Read More>>

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