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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 08, 2021 - Updated Tribute To Amtrak 1971 To The Present: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. Let's go back in time to look at Amtrak from the early days to the present. We will see what Amtrak looked like when it started and how it changed. From the days of my Kodak Instamatic Camera and my days of... Read More>>

Sep 5-7, 2021 - The Three-Day Trip Home from Antonito: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. After Elizabeth and I visited the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad gift shop for magnets, Greg drove us west over Cumbres Pass on Highway 17 to Chama where we stopped at Speedway Gas to fill the car with petrol. He drove us the... Read More>>

Sep 5, 2021 - Rio Grande Southern 4-6-0 20 Trains Magazine Photo Charter: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. This steam engine was built in 1899 by the Schenectady Locomotive Works and first operated on the Florence & Cripple Creek (F&CC) line. At that time, it was nicknamed "Portland" after a... Read More>>

Sep 4, 2021 - An Extra Day in Colorado: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. Elizabeth and I woke up at the Days Inn in Cortez and went to have breakfast at Beny's Dinner where I had French Toast and bacon and Elizabeth enjoyed a waffle with strawberries. After breakfast I worked on the story before we checked out and... Read More>>

Sep 3, 2021 - Durango and Silverton Railroad Trains Magazine Extra 493 Photo Charter along with Southern Pacific 18: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. Elizabeth and I woke up at the Teller Hotel in Silverton and after some morning preparations, we went down and across the street to the Lone Spur Cafe where I... Read More>>

Sep 2, 2021 - Durango and Silverton Railroad Trains Magazine Extra 493 Photo Charter: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. We woke up at 5:15 AM and after having our breakfast, I checked the Internet while Elizabeth packed. We met Greg and Marty at the car and we checked out then Greg followed our... Read More>>

Sep 5, 2021 5pmPT/6pmMT/7pmCT/8pmET - Ottumwa, Iowa CB&Q Depot Tour -- Ottumwa, IA:. Viewers really seem to enjoy our tours of historic depots... and that is what we are devoting the month of September 2021 to! We will pay a visit to Ottumwa, Iowa, which was a popular division point on the... Click Here To View>>

Sep 1, 2021 - The Royal Gorge Route: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. In the late 1870s, miners descended on the upper Arkansas River valley of Colorado in search of carbonate ores rich in lead and silver. The feverish mining activity in what would become the Leadville district attracted the attention of both the... Read More>>

Aug 31, 2021 - Westward to Canon City, Colorado: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. Elizabeth and I awoke at the Best Western Plus and after a breakast at the hotel and finalizing packing, we met Greg and Marty at the car. Once the boot was packed with all the luggage, we left Dodge City for points west. In Ingalls, the... Read More>>

Aug 30, 2021 - Atchison Railroad Museum and onward to Dodge City: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. After packing up the car, our group left and headed to the depot at South Gifford. South Gifford Chicago, Burlington and Quincy station. From here Greg drove us to Marceline. Santa Fe Santa Fe SD40 5008 on... Read More>>

Aug 29, 2021 - Milwaukee to the Depot Inn and Suites: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. Elizabeth and I arose at the DoubleTree Hotel and went downstairs to have our last breakfast in Milwaukee. Later we checked out and met Greg and Marty in the breezeway and our car was retrieved from the valet. Elizabeth... Read More>>

Aug 28, 2021 - NRHS 2021 Metra Commuter Special Excursion: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. Metra is a commuter rail system in the Chicago metropolitan area serving the city of Chicago and surrounding suburbs via the Union Pacific and BNSF Railways. The system operates 242 stations on... Read More>>

Aug 27, 2021 - NRHS 2021 The Christopher Farm & Gardens: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. Special attractions that were available for the group today included the 1899 Nevada Northern platform observation car "Ely" and the ability to go through Barns 11, 13 and 14 whichh housed Milwaukee Road... Read More>>

www.trainweb.org/wnyhdc - Heritage DiscoveRy Center The Heritage DiscoveRy Center provides the Buffalo and Niagara Frontier with a unique cultural attraction to showcase the rich railroad, marine and industrial heritage of the region. Our goal has been to create a regional attraction to capitalize on our proximity to... Read More>>

www.trainweb.org/wnyrhs - Western New York Railway Historical Society, Inc. was founded to ensure that what remains of our Railway Heritage is preserved for present and future generations. Our primary goal was achieved in October of 2010 with the establishment of... Read More>>

Aug 7, 2021 - Virginia & Truckee Railroad steam train ride: Photos & Text by Carl Morrison. Virginia City, Nevada, home of the Virginia & Truckee R.R. Tourist Train. The first round-trip ride to Gold Hill, a 35-minute ride behind steam locomotive No. 29, is at 10:30 and we arrived a few minutes earlier. I walked into the ticket office and picked up our media tickets to ride... Read More>>

Aug 25, 2021 - NRHS 2021 East Troy Electric Railroad and NRHS Banquet: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. The East Troy Electric Railroad is an interurban heritage railroad owned and operated by the East Troy Railroad Museum. Passenger excursions run on a 7-mile stretch of track from... Read More>>

Aug 24, 2021 - NRHS 2021 National Railroad Museum Green Bay: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. The National Railroad Museum is a railroad museum located in Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin, in suburban Green Bay. Founded in 1956 by community volunteers, it is one of the oldest and... Read More>>

Aug 22, 2021 - Fox River Trolley Museum: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. The Fox River Trolley Museum is a railroad museum in South Elgin, Illinois. Incorporated in 1961 as R.E.L.I.C. (Railway Equipment Leasing and Investment Co.), it opened in 1966 and... Read More>>

Aug 22, 2021 - Rochelle Railroad Park: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. The Rochelle Railroad Park is the first park in the nation built just for visitors to see operating trains! The story of railroads in Rochelle begins in 1854 when the Air Line Railroad was... Read More>>

Aug 21, 2021 - Mid-Continent Railway Museum: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. The rail line used by the Mid-Continent Railway Museum is a spur off of the original Chicago and North Western Railway mainline. With the development of the Illinois Iron mine in early 1903... Read More>>

Aug 20, 2021 - Fenelon Place Elevator Company Funicular Railway Dubuque, Iowa: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. After we finished up at the Field of Dreams, we then drove into Dubuque and made our way to the top of the Fenelon Place Elevator Company so we could ride the Funicular Railway here... Read More>>

Aug 20, 2021 - Sioux City Railroad Museum Plus A Few Depots: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. We left the Ramada in Sioux Falls at 8:45 AM and drove south into Nebraska and just before we crossed into Iowa, Greg stopped for petrol. After that we crossed the Missouri River into Iowa. We drove straight to... Read More>>

Aug 22, 2021 5pmPT/6pmMT/7pmCT/8pmET - Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad -- Boone, IA :. The Midwest Rail Rangers will pay a visit to the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad, a popular tourist railroad line near Ames, Iowa. We will ride their popular Fraser Springs Excursion. Plus, we will get a tour... Click Here To View>>

Aug 19, 2021 - Black Hills Central Railroad 9:00 AM Train: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. The Black Hills Central Railroad is a heritage railroad that operates the 1880 Train on the former Keystone Branch of the Burlington Northern Railroad between Hill City, and Keystone, South Dakota. This... Read More>>

Aug 18, 2021 - Powder River Basin, Rawlins to Newcastle: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. Elizabeth and I awoke in Rawlins and we had a hot breakfast for $10 each which was filling. Greg and Marty joined us at the car and soon we were off to Casper with Greg driving... Read More>>

Aug 16, 2021 - The Trip to Evanston and the Evanston Roundhouse: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. Elizabeth and I woke up and had an excellent breakfast at the Quality Inn in Price. At 8:15 we left with Greg driving and headed west across Soldier Summit with no trains to be seen. We went through... Read More>>

Aug 14-15, 2021 - The Two-Day Trip to Price, Utah: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. This is the three-and-a-half week trip to the National Railway Historical Society 2021 convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. We took fellow NRHS members, and friends, Greg and Marty Smith, with us and would have... Read More>>

Aug 8, 2021 5pmPT/6pmMT/7pmCT/8pmET - Burlington & Missouri River Railroad -- Mount Pleasant, IA (Part 2 of 2):. In part two of a two-part series, the Midwest Rail Rangers will pay a visit to the Burlington & Missouri River Railroad, a stretch of track set up on private property near Mount Pleasant, Iowa. We will spend time with... Click Here To View>>

Aug 5, 2021 - The Catalog of Fiscal Ephemera & Exonumia from Transit Companies of the City of New York. Tickets, Tokens, Transfers & Passes: ca. 1850's up to the MetroCard with price guide! Featuring the collections of George S. Cuhaj and Philip M. Goldstein. The history of public transportation in the City of New York has been documented in many... Read More>>

Jul 31, 2021 - Poway-Midland Railroad and Tom's Farm Railroad: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. The centerpiece of the collection was built in 1907 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the Henry Cowell Lime and Cement Company of Cowell, California. The locomotive... Read More>>

Jul 19, 2021 - Los Angeles County Pacific Electric Bellflower Trail and Whittier Greenway Trail: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. The Bellflower Bike Trail runs for more than 2 miles on the right-of-way of the old Pacific Electric transit system-also known as the Red Cars-across Bellflower. At its zenith in the... Read More>>

Jul 19, 2021 - UPDATED Shortline Railroads through the years: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. Includes The Holly Sugar SW-1 1 at the plant at Dyer at Santa Ana, CA in 1976, National Metals on Terminal Island, CA GE 70 Toner in 1972, Longview, Portland and Northern S-2 112 at Reedsport, Oregon in... Read More>>

2014 to 2019 - My "Local" Foray Into Volunteering, Great Northern and Cascade Railway in Skykomish, Washington: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. Skykomish, Washington, the small King County town on Highway 2, forty-five minutes east of Monroe and just before the Cascade Tunnel, was where I could be found on several weekends between... Read More>>

Jul 18, 2021 5pmPT/6pmMT/7pmCT/8pmET - Burlington & Missouri River Railroad -- Mount Pleasant, IA (Part 1 of 2):. In part one of a two-part series, the Midwest Rail Rangers will pay a visit to the Burlington & Missouri River Railroad, a stretch of track set up on private property near Mount Pleasant, Iowa. We will spend time with... Click Here To View>>

Oct 15, 1956 - Jun 26, 2021: Chris Parker. Larry Boerio: "Chris was a man with a heart as big as the ocean. He never hesitated to help anyone in need even when he was in need. Nothing speaks higher of a man and his values than that. It was my privelage to know and spend much time with Chris as a friend, fellow rail enthusiast, and life explorer. Chris was..." Read More>>  Slide Show>>

May 8, 2021 - Riding Georgia Coastal Railway: by Jack M. Turner. A new excursion train operator recently kicked off service in southeast Georgia over the rails of the St. Marys Railroad. The passenger operation runs under the name Georgia Coastal Railway. Our train departs from the St. Marys depot on Saturday, May 8 at 12:01pm and begins its leisurely 8 mile... Read More>>

Jul 8-9, 2021 - The Two Day Trip Home from Cortez, Colorado: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. Elizabeth and I woke up at the Days Inn in Cortez and after our morning duties we checked out. We went to MacDonald's and were finally able to eat inside instead of the car as we did all of last and this year. I drove us... Read More>>

Jul 7, 2021 - Ridgway Railway Museum: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. After a good and filling Subway lunch, I drove us north up US 550 north towards Silverton. About thirty miles from Silverton a highway sign said "US 550 closed ahead". We drove north to where the cars were stopped and... Read More>>

Jul 7, 2021 - Durango and Silverton 10:30 Roundhouse Tour: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. Elizabeth and I slept in and then prepared for the day and packed up and left the key on the counter and walked out to the car and loaded it. Since there were no restaurants open in Chama, we did the same thing as we did... Read More>>

Jul 10, 2021 - Engines that have pulled my Excursion Trains through the years: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. In this story we will look at all the train engines that have pulled my excursion trains through the years. My first excursion was pulled by the Union Pacific Challenger on its first excursion trip from... Read More>>

Jul 6, 2021 - Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad Chama to Osier: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. Elizabeth and I woke up in Chama, did our usual Internet things before going in search of breakfast. However, Chama is a very small community and as restaurants were open for the Fourth of July weekend, they... Read More>>

Jul 5, 2021 - First Anniversary Trip Aboard Manitou and Pike's Peak Railway 10:40 AM Train: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. While we stayed in Castle Rock as it was Independence Day in the United States, we took a walk before driving to the Castle Rock Service Center, parked and watched the... Read More>>

Jul 4, 2021 - Fort Collins Municipal Railway: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. The two travellers awoke at the Clarion Inn and went next door to the Waffle House for breakfast. We did our usual things on the Internet before checking out and I drove us to the Union Pacific station in Fort Collins... Read More>>

Jul 4, 2021 5pmPT/6pmMT/7pmCT/8pmET - Northwest Wisconsin Railroad Sites -- Barron, WI / Ladysmith, WI. We will stick close to our headquarters for Independence Day 2021... as we explore a handful of railroad landmarks in our local area in Northwest Wisconsin. Stops include the former Soo Line Depot in Barron... Click Here To View>>

Jul 3, 2021 - Forney Museum and Colorado Model Railroad Museum: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. The Forney Museum of Transportation began as the private collection of Mr. J. D. Forney of Fort Collins, Colorado. From an early age Mr. Forney had an interest in cars, airplanes, and all modes of... Read More>>

Jul 3, 2021 - The Tiny Town Railroad and Village: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. Elizabeth and I woke up at 7:00 AM and prepared for our day. After sampling the hotel's breakfast which was very poor due to no cereal, toast, waffles or hot items even though the equipment was in plain sight, we packed up and... Read More>>

Jul 2, 2021 - Colorado and the Georgetown Loop Railroad: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. Elizabeth and I woke up and after our morning rituals, we went to the Village Inn where I had a waffle and bacon and Elizabeth had French Toast with bananas and strawberries. We stopped by Walmart for batteries and film for... Read More>>

Jul 1, 2021 - The Trip to Colorado and a Visit to Bryce Canyon National Park: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. After a rough night due to a hot room and a four-hour power outage, neither of us slept very well. However, we arose at the Days Inn in Panguitch, did our morning routines before we ate a good... Read More>>

Jun 30, 2021 - Day One of our Colorado Trip: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. This trip we decided to take because of our first anniversary. The day, July 5th, we planned to ride the Pikes Peak Cog Railway with its new equipment and track. Putting this trip together was easy and I wanted Elizabeth to... Read More>>

Sep 21, 2013 - 2013 NRHS Convention -- Anchorage to Whittier and Spencer Excursion: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. This last train trip of the convention dawned cool and damp but it did not deter any of the National Railway Historical Society members. After the regular routine of an early... Read More>>

Sep 20, 2013 - 2013 NRHS Convention -- Alaska Railroad Excursion to Palmer, Anchorage Airport and Potter: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. The penultimate day of the convention featured more rare mileage as it was designed to offer a complete look at the railroad's Anchorage-area operations and... Read More>>

Sep 19, 2013 - 2013 NRHS Convention -- Anchorage to Seward Excursion: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. The previous days of this convention had traversed through some very scenic areas of Alaska but today's excursion from Anchorage to Seward was touted as the most scenic. This was most... Read More>>

Jun 19, 2021 - A Final Trip Aboard The Fillmore & Western Railway: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. It was announced that the Fillmore & Western Railway would be ceasing operations as of June 26, 2021 due to the owners' retirement and Ventura County deciding not to renew their lease. Even though... Read More>>

Sep 18, 2013 - 2013 NRHS Convention -- Glacier Tour, Wildlife Conservation Centre and Alyeska Tramway: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. This first full day in Anchorage was set aside for the business meetings. There were two limited capacity tours offered - a shop tour of the Alaska Railroad and... Read More>>

Sep 16 & 17, 2013 - 2013 NRHS Convention -- Fairbanks to Denali and Denali to Anchorage: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. Today was the first of a two-day journey on the Alaska Railroad from Fairbanks to Denali, where we would be overnighting at the McKinley Chalet Resort before the rest of the... Read More>>

Sep 15, 2013 - 2013 NRHS Convention -- Fairbanks to North Pole and Public Trips to Saulich: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. Today was my first introduction to the Alaska Railroad and the start of five days' worth of early mornings since I was a car host on all but the first trip. I wanted to ride the trip to... Read More>>

Sep 14, 2013 - 2013 NRHS Convention -- Tanana Valley Railroad and Salmon Bake at Pioneer Park, Fairbanks: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. The motorcoaches transported all the National Railway Historical Society conventioneers from the Riverboat Discovery {the previous travleogue} to... Read More>>

Sep 14, 2013 - 2013 NRHS Convention -- Riverboat Discovery in Fairbanks, Alaska: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. When it was announced that the 2013 National Railway Historical Society convention would take place in Anchorage, Alaska, my first thought was what a fantastic opportunity to... Read More>>

Jun 20, 2021 5pmPT/6pmMT/7pmCT/8pmET - North Shore Scenic Railroad Dome Car Ride -- Duluth, MN:. Join Kandace & Robert Tabern with the Midwest Rail Rangers as they give a presentation about trackside wind turbines. Ever notice the tall white structures out in farmers fields from the... Click Here To View>>

Sep 15, 2013 - 2013 NRHS Convention -- Fairbanks to North Pole and Public Trips to Saulich: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. Today was my first introduction to the Alaska Railroad and the start of five days' worth of early mornings since I was a car host on all but the first trip. I wanted to ride the trip to... Read More>>

Jun 29, 2013 - A Day at Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. It had been six eyars since I had last visited the Mount Rainier Scenic Railway and during that time, the group had made great progress in restoring Santa Cruz Portland Cement 0-4-0T 2 (nicknamed "The Chiggen")... Read More>>

Jun 6, 2021 5pmPT/6pmMT/7pmCT/8pmET - Lake Superior Railroad Museum -- Duluth, MN:. It's almost the start of summer... and a perfect time to trek to Duluth, Minnesota for a tour of the Lake Superior Railroad Museum. The LSRM has been recognized for more than 35 years as one of the best... Click Here To View>>

May 13, 2013 - Adrian and Blissfield Rare Mileage Excursion: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. This was the penultimate rail excursion of the May 2013 trips organized by Bart Jennings and sponsored by the Southern Appalachia Railway Museum. After the excellent experiences aboard the... Read More>>

May 13, 2013 - Southern Michigan Railroad Society Rare Mileage Excursion: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. Chris and I arrived in Clinton for the second of today's rare mileage excursions, organized by Bart Jennings and sponsored by the Southern Appalachia Railway Museum. I was excited to... Read More>>

May 13, 2013 - Charlotte Southern Rare Mileage Excursion: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. After a good night's sleep, I was ready for today's rare mileage trips, the third and fourth of the weekend, organized by Bart Jennings and sponsored by the Southern Appalachian Railway Museum. I met... Read More>>

May 12, 2013 - Coopersville and Marne Railway Rare Mileage Excursion: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. This was the second of the May 2013 series of rare mileage excursions, organized by Bart Jennings and sponsored by the Southern Appalachia Railway Museum. But first, the drive from Grand Haven to... Read More>>

May 26-27, 2021 - The Two Day Trip Home from Cortez, Colorado: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. Elizabeth and I started the day at the Days Inn in Cortez. After packing and checking out, we had breakfast at Beny's Diner. We left Cortez down US Highway 491 and headed south. Chimney Rock was off to the... Read More>>

May 25, 2021 - Durango and Silverton Railroad Trip: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. Our two intrepid travellers awoke at the Quality Inn in Farmington, New Mexico. After we checked out, we had an excellent breakfast at Village Inn. I drove Elizabeth and I up toward Durango. We drove the rest of the... Read More>>

May 24, 2021 - A Second Day in New Mexico: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. The two travellers awoke at the Plaza Hotel and after doing our morning perperartions. I drove us to the Hillcrest Restaurant where I had a waffle with bacon and Elizabeth had French Toast. It was excellent at a good price. We returned to... Read More>>

May 23, 2021 - Our First Day in New Mexico: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. The two travellers awoke at the Days Inn in Trinidad to a partly cloudy morning for a change. There was plenty of wind, though, which would play into the day. After checking out, we drove over to Tony's Diner and I had a.. Read More>>

May 22, 2021 - A Day in Colorado Featuring Royal Gorge Scenic Railroad: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. My wife and I woke up at the Quality Inn in Canon City and after our morning preparations, we checked out and drove the short distance to the Waffle Wagon Restaurant where I had a waffle and sausage patties and... Read More>>

May 21, 2021 - A day in Nebraska and Colorado: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. Elizabeth and I woke up at the Alliance Hotel and Suites and after our morning preparations, we checked out and went to MacDonald's where we ate in the car. I then filled the car with petrol then drove us down to Bayard where we ... Read More>>

May 20, 2021 - A Day in Nebraska Featuring The Rock Island Depot Railroad Museum: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. We awoke at the Best Western Crossroads of the Bluffs in Council Bluffs and after checking out, we went to Cracker Barrel for breakfast. I then took Elizabeth to Kenefick Park in Omaha for her visit and... Read More>>

May 23, 2021 5pmPT/6pmMT/7pmCT/8pmET - Speeders and Motor Cars -- International Falls, MN:. Railroad speeders, also known as motor cars, were once an integral and important part of railroad maintenance, allowing crews to both inspect their section of railroad as well as transport them to wherever they... Click Here To View>>

May 19, 2021 - The Drive Across Iowa: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. Elizabeth and I woke up at the Best Western Steeplegate Inn and after we did our morning preparations, checked out and drove over to the Machine Shed Restaurant where I had French Toast and sausage patties and Elizabeth had... Read More>>

May 18, 2021 - The Celebration Belle: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. Our day started with us staying in due to the heavy rain that was pounding the Davenport area. We went to breakfast at the Machine Shed Restaurant where I had a waffle and sausage patties and Elizabeth had cinnamon French Toast. We returned to... Read More>>

May 17, 2021 - A Day in Illinois: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. Elizabeth and I awoke at the Quality Suites in Paducah and after checking out, we ate breakfast at Bob Evans. We stopped for petrol before leaving Paducah heading to Mound City, Illinois... Read More>>

May 16, 2021 - On the Road to Paducah, Kentucky: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. We woke up at the Days Inn in Fort Wright and after our morning preparations, we checked out and went to Bob Evans for breakfast. I then drove us to Erlanger and the Historic Erlanger Depot Museum. This is a railfan and... Read More>>

May 15, 2021 - Ohio Rail Exprience Cincinnati, Ohio to Greensburg, Indiana: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. This morning we slept in before we met Dave Smetko and Randy Jackson at Bob Evans where I had my usual of French Toast and sausage and Elizabeth enjoyed French Toast and strawberries. I drove... Read More>>

May 14, 2021 - Age of Steam Roundhouse Museum: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. Elizabeth and I arose later than we planned and checked out then went to Bob Evans for breakfast and they did a great job of giving us quick service. I then drove us over to Sugarcreek to the Age of Steam Roundhouse Museum... Read More>>

May 13, 2021 - Day 2 in Ohio Featuring Marion: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. Elizabeth and I slept in this morning and after we checked out, went to Bob Evans for breakfast. We stopped at Walmart as Elizabeth needed more film. We then drove to Marion Union Station where we parked our rental car and I showed... Read More>>

May 12, 2021 - A Complete Day in Ohio Featuring the Mad River and NKP Museum: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. Elizabeth and I arose early this morning in Fort Wayne and checked out then started the drive to Bellevue, Ohio. We stopped at Bob Evans in Defiance, Ohio and enjoyed a good breakfast. From here... Read More>>

May 11, 2021 - A Second Day in Indiana: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. We awoke at Terre Haute, Indiana at the Drury Inn, a new hotel chain for us and we would easily stay here again. The two of us went to Bob Evans for breakfast before we drove east to Cloverdale. Here would be our first station of the day... Read More>>

May 10, 2021 - A Day in Indiana: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. Another day, another mornining and more adventures to come. Elizabeth and I woke up at the Quality Inn in Evansville, Indiana and after we checked out, we went to Bob Evans for an excellent breakfast. After that, we drove to... Read More>>

May 9, 2021 - The Trip East Illinois into Indiana: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. Elizabeth and I slept in this morning at the Quality Inn in Charleston, Missouri. We checked out and drove down to try and find the station here on this cool, wet morning... Read More>>

May 9, 2021 5pmPT/6pmMT/7pmCT/8pmET - Minnesota's Northern Pacific Depots -- St. Cloud, MN / Staples, MN / Detroit Lakes, MN:. Join Kandace & Robert Tabern with the Midwest Rail Rangers for a tour of three classic Northern Pacific Depots used by Amtrak's Empire Builder line. We will... Click Here To View>>

May 8, 2021 - Another Day in Arkansas: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. Elizabeth and I woke up in Alma, Arkansas and after our morning rituals, we checked out and had MacDonalds, which we ate in the car as there was nothing else around. I drove us east to our first station of the morning... Read More>>

May 7, 2021 - The Trip East towards Ohio and Oklahoma plus more!: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. We awoke at the Days Inn in Amarillo and after checking out, had a good breakfast at IHOP. From here we drove to our first destination of the morning in Shamrock, Texas... Read More>>

May 5-6, 2021 - California to Texas: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. An e-mail was received from David Smetko about a series of trips in April and May put on by Ohio Rail Experience. Elizabeth and I decided to do the one with the greatest mileage which would be a trip on the Big Four Railroad between... Read More>>

May 11, 2013 - Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum Rare Mileage Trip: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. This was the first of the 2013 Bart Jennings' rare mileage trips, sponsored by the Southern Appalachia Railway Museum. I was really looking forward to visiting this museum and there was... Read More>>

Apr 30, 2021 - My 1,700,000.0 Rail Mile: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. Today was my 9600 Day of Sobriety, a fact that is very important to me. In addition, I woke up with 1,699,912.2 rail miles. Today my lovely wife would pass her 75,000.0 rail mile. So today we would share a ride to Oceanside and... Read More>>

May 11, 2013 - A Visit to Porter and Hesston, Indiana: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. Before the afternoon's visit and ride at the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum in North Judson, there were two places of note to visit in the morning. I met Chris in the lobby and after breakfast, we did not drive far for... Read More>>

May 10, 2013 - The Trip to Indiana for Bart Jennings' Rare Mileage Trips: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. This year's rare mileage trips, organized by Dr. Barton Jennings, were to be in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. With the fantastic experiences I had had on my previous set of rare mileage trips in 2006, it was a... Read More>>

Apr 24, 2013 - King Street Station Restoration Dedication Ceremony: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. King Street Station in Seattle, Washington underwent a $50 million restoration and renovation from 2008 to 2013. In my numerous visits to the station during this time, I had seen its progress and marvelled at what... Read More>>

Apr 22, 2021 - The Trip Home from St Louis: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. We started the line to board the train and fifteen minutes before departure, we boarded a Horizon coach and I started working on the Arkansas Railroad Museum story as Elizabeth would enjoy the scenery along her new route to... Read More>>

Apr22, 2021 - Back to St. Louis and a visit to the National Museum of Transportation: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. Elizabeth and I woke up at the Quality Inn in Cape Girardeau. After checking the Internet and checking out we drove Interstate 55 to Perryville for our final MacDonald's breakfast which we... Read More>>

Apr 21, 2021 - Arkanas Railroad Museum plus more from this state: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. Elizabeth and I woke up at the Best Western and after we checked the Internet, we went down the elevator and I had a waffle and sausage while my lovely wife had cereal. We both enjoyed the orange juice. We then... Read More>>

Apr 20, 2021 - Memphis and then into Arkansas: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. Elizabeth and I woke up at Holly Springs and after checking the Internet we drove north towards Collierville. On the road to Collierville. I drove us to the Perkins Restaurant and had a very good breakfast. Afer that we drove to the... Read More>>

Apr 19, 2021 - A Day in Mississippi: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. Elizabeth and I woke up at the Quality Inn in Hattiesburg then went to McDonald's and ate in the car again. This is because they don't want to spend the money to clean their dining area. We headed next to Laurel, our first stop of the morning... Read More>>

Apr 18, 2021 - Florida, Alabama and into Mississippi featuring the Wales West Light Railway: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. Elizabeth and I woke up at the Quality Inn and after checking the Internet, we checked out and got McDonalds but ate in the car. We tried to find the station but had no luck so we drove north to... Read More>>

Apr 17, 2021 - CaterParrott Railnet's Azalea Sprinter Trips Nashville to Valdosta: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. After a Subway lunch, it was time for some pictures. The train getting ready to leave. CaterParrott caboose 638, originally Southern X638. CaterParrott SW1500 3000. It was time to board the train for the... Read More>>

Apr 17, 2021 - CaterParrott Railnet's Azalea Sprinter Trip Nashville to Willacoochee: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. Elizabeth and I woke up at the Days Inn in Tifton and after checking out we drove to the Cracker Barrel for breakfast. After a good meal, we drove to the station and parked. Atlantic Coast... Read More>>

Apr 16, 2021 - After the Calera Trip: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. After the fantastic visit to the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum, I drove us down to Clanton, to the next station of this trip. The Louisville and Nashville Clanton station built in 1870. From here we drove to Prattville... Read More>>

Apr 16, 2021 - Heart of Dixie Ralroad Museum Calera & Shelby Railroad Trip: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. Elizabeth and I got up and went to Cracker Barrel restaurant where I had French Toast and bacon while Elizabeth enjoyed sausage, eggs, harsh browns and toast with orange juice. We finished the... Read More>>

Apr 18, 2021 5pmPT/6pmMT/7pmCT/8pmET - Gateway Rail Services Tour -- Madison, IL (Part 2 of 2):. Join Kandace & Robert Tabern with the Midwest Rail Rangers for a two-part tour of Gateway Rail Service in Madison, Illinois (near St. Louis). In the second part of this series, we focus on the various former... Click Here To View>>

Apr 15, 2021 - Our Visit to Alabama: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. Elizabeth and I slept in and then checked the internet as we do every morning before we checked out of the Doubletree Hotel in Decatur. We drove over to the Decatur train station just as a Norfolk Southern stack train was passing through... Read More>>

Apr 14, 2021 - On To Alabama: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. The two intrepid travellers left Enterprise in St. Louis, Missouri in our Nissan Altima and headed to Interstate 70 across the Mississippi River and then Interstate 64. We drove about 48 miles and exited onto Illinois 127. This took us to... Read More>>

Apr 11-14, 2021 - The Trip to St Louis: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. The purpose of this trip is to ride the Cater Parrot Shortline's Azalea Sprinter on its two trips in one day out of Nashville, Georgia. We take the Sunset Limited/Texas Eagle to St. Louis, rent a car, then drive there taking pictures of... Read More>>

Mar 11, 2013 - Post-Winterail Photographer's Special on the Niles Canyon Railway: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. For several years during Winterail's Stockton years, either the Niles Canyon Railway or the Sierra Railway hosted a Post-Winterail Photographer's Special event. 2013 was no exception and... Read More>>

Mar 8-9, 2013 - The Trip to Winterail in Stockton, California: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. Winterail, the annual memorabelia and multi-media photography event held in Stockton until 2016, was an event that I had known about for many years. I had only attended one previously, in... Read More>>

Sep 22, 2012 - Oregon Rail Heritage Centre Grand Opening: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. The opening of the Oregon Rail Heritage Centre was a natural to attend and it coincided with the opening of the Portland Streetcar Central Loop line. Since the Amtrak Cascades schedule did not fit with the... Read More>>

Apr 11, 2021 - The Final Runs of Ventura County Railway 2-6-2 2: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. Our friend, Marty Smith, called me Saturday morning with news that the Ventura County steam engine at Southern California Railway Museum (formerly Orange Empire Railway Museum) in Perris, California, was... Read More>>

Apr 4-5, 2021 - The Two Day Trip Home from Sacramento: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. After our lunch in Galt, I drove Elizabeth and I down to Keyes where we finally had an opportunity to shoot the plant switcher at A.L. Gilbert Grain Facility. When we arrived, we soon discovered there were... Read More>>

Apr 4, 2021 - Sacramento Southern Railroad: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. Elizabeth and I arose rested at the Best Western Inn in Roseville. After checking out, we drove to the Black Bear Diner for breakfast but found they were not open until 8:00. We then decided to go and take pictures then have breakfast... Read More>>

Apr 3, 2021 - The Rest of the Day after Railtown 1897: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. After the Railtown 1897 trip, Elizabeth and I headed back west down CA Highway 108 to a place which saw on the way up but could not safely stop. We pulled in and were quite amazed at what we found... Read More>>

Apr 3, 2021 - Railtown 1897 State Historic Park: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. We woke up at the Holiday Inn Express in Oakdale and after checking the Internet and other things, we checked out and drove over to what we saw at a grade crossing on the way to dinner last night, but this time we had our cameras... Read More>>

Apr 2, 2021 - Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. We got up and checked out and after filling the car with petrol, we drove to the Train Depot Restaurant where I had French Toast and crispy bacon while my loving wife Elizabeth had egg, sausage, hash browns and... Read More>>

Apr 1, 2021 - The Trip to the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. Elizabeth and I were talking about excursion trains she had not ridden so with a free weekend and some extra time, we decided to ride the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad, Railtown 1897 and the... Read More>>

Apr 4, 2021 5pmPT/6pmMT/7pmCT/8pmET - Gateway Rail Services Tour -- Madison, IL (Part 1 of 2):. Join Kandace & Robert Tabern with the Midwest Rail Rangers for a two-part tour of Gateway Rail Service in Madison, Illinois (near St. Louis). In the first part of the series, we will join Gateway Rail Service... Click Here To View>>

Jul 13, 2012 - Union Pacific's 150th Anniversary Train Visits Portland: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. The Union Pacific Railroad was created by President Abraham Lincoln on July 1st, 1862 upon his signing the Pacific Railway Act. One hundred and fifty years later, Union Pacific celebrated that anniversary with a special train that travelled to various communities in Washington, Oregon and Idaho in the Pacific Northwest segment of the UP 150 Express Tour. A day trip to Portland was definitely in order... Read More>>

May 28 & 29, 2012 - Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal, Fullerton and Pasadena: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. With the memories of the fantastic time at Orange Empire Railway Museum and me seeing the musical "Follies" for the second day in a row still very much in mind, the penultimate day of... Read More>>

May 27, 2012 - Orange Empire Railway Museum: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. The day started with a Pacific Surfliner trip from Los Angeles to Santa Ana, where Chris and a friend of his, Adam, were waiting for us. We set off for Perris and soon immersed ourselves in everything that the museum had to offer... Read More>>

May 26, 2012 - The Start of Memorial Day Weekend 2012 in Los Angeles - Railways and Musical Theatre: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. 2012 was the year I turned forty and while my birthday was in February, attending a special theatrical event in Los Angeles in May was the main way I celebrated. This occurred... Read More>>

Jul 25 & 26, 2011 - The Trip Home From Train Festival 2011: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. With Train Festival 2011 now complete, today was the start of the journey home. But as usual on such trips, there were several stops on the way of interest to us railfans. Once everything was packed, we... Read More>>

Mar 20, 2021 - A Trip to Cajon Pass with Bill and Elizabeth: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. Bill picked Elizabeth and I up at 7:00 AM and we took CA 55 to CA 91 to Interstate 215 to Cajon Blvd, then hit light rain showers so we pulled under the Interstate 210 bridge as a train was coming toward us... Read More>>

Mar 21, 2021 5pmPT/6pmMT/7pmCT/8pmET - Episode #20: Pioneer Park Historic Complex -- Rhinelander, WI:. Join Kandace & Robert Tabern with the Midwest Rail Rangers to learn more about the railroad museum at the Pioneer Park Historical Complex in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. Featured are... Click Here To View>>

Jul 24, 2011 - Train Festival 2011 Day 4: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. This final day of Train Festival 2011 dawned very wet so the plans to visit Rockfort, South Elgin and Freeport had to be changed. None of us had planned to ride the excursions today; rather we would do some chasing. So our first... Read More>>

Jul 23, 2011 - Train Festival 2011 Day 3 -- Celebration Belle River Cruise: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. What better way to end the penultimate day of Train Festival 2011 than with a river cruise aboard the Celebration Belle. This was a Festival event so once we detrained from the all-day... Read More>>

Mar 14-15, 2021 - The Trip Home From Roaring Camp Railroad: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. Before we left Felton, we drove out of the front gate and turned left and stopped opposite the Felton station but there was something else here of great interest... Read More>>

Mar 14, 2021 - Roaring Camp and Big Trees Railroad: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. We awoke and after preparing ourselves, drove to the Black Bear Diner for breakfast where I had French Toast and Elizabeth had blackberry French Toast. We then drove to Campbell where we gassed up the car before... Read More>>

Jul 23, 2011 - Train Festival 2011 Day 3 - Excursion to Iowa City: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. Today was the much-anticipated all-day steam excursion to Iowa City and beyond to the Homestead Wye. After breakfast at Denny's, we drove once again to the Train Festival grounds in Rock Island and queued up to... Read More>>

Mar 13, 2021 - Brightside Yard Tour: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. We found Glenn Fountain who led us over to the Brightside Yard. I became a member of Niles Canyon Railway in December 2020 and in the welcome letter was an offer for a yard tour when we were next in the area. This is something that is... Read More>>

Mar 13, 2021 - Niles Canyon Railway Robert Dollar 2-6-2T 3 Trip: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. We woke up at the Best Western Plus and once ready, we went to MacDonald's for breakfast where I had hot cakes and sausage and brought it back to the room. After that, we checked the Internet as we... Read More>>

Mar 11-12, 2021 - North to Niles: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. The Niles Canyon Railway offered their first trip of the year with a journey behind Robert Dollar 2-6-2T 3. Neither Elizabeth nor I had ever ridden behind it before but we did take photographs of it during a post-Winterail photographers special... Read More>>

Mar 8-9, 2021 - Del Mar Bluffs, The Sandstone Bluff is Crumbling and nearly taking the railroad with it: Photos & Text by Carl Morrison. Background: Sue and I have been vacationing one week each year since 1983 at Wave Crest Resort overlooking the coastal railroad tracks and the surf in Del Mar, California. It has always... Read More>>

Jul 22, 2011 - Train Festival 2011 Day 2: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. Today we would chase the Nickel Plate 765 excursion, known as the Bureau Rail Express. Nathan and Gene were going to ride this steam trip from Rock Island to Bureau Junction. After breakfast at IHOP, we drove over to the... Read More>>

Jul 21, 2011 - Train Festival 2011 Day 1: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. Today was the beginning of Train Festival 2011, where everyone attending would immerse themselves steam and diesel railways, both large and small, and enjoy the first excursion of the event. After breakfast, we dropped Chris off at the... Read More>>

Jul 20, 2011 - Train Festival 2011 -- The Journey to Rock Island, Illinois, Part 2: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. Today was the rest of the journey to Rock Island for Train Festival 2011, which started the next day. After an excellent night's sleep at the Depot Inn and Suites, we were all ready for the railfanning adventure that... Read More>>

Jul 17-19, 2011 - Train Festival 2011 -- The Journey to Rock Island, Illinois, Part 1: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. Train Festival 2011 was a celebration of railroading held in Rock Island, Illinois over four days from July 21st to 24th and organized by Jason Johnson, who had, with various partnerships... Read More>>

Mar 8, 2021 - The Yellow Kid: Report & Photos by Ken McIlvoy. In the late 19th Century, the Pennsylvania Railroad instituted a new Chicago-New York, and the first all vestibule train in America called the "Pennsylvania Limited." Owing to the fact that the cars were brightly colored using the same color scheme as... Read More>>

Mar 8, 2021 - Narragansett Pier Railroad: Report & Photos by Ken McIlvoy. In the mid-19th Century, a railroad was built from the New Haven Railroad at West Kingston, RI, through the textile-mill towns of Wakefield and Peacedale to Narragansett Bay. This web site depicts the rise and fall of that short line... Read More>>

Mar 8, 2021 - The Robber Barons: Report & Photos by Ken McIlvoy. The growth of America's most important railroads during the 19th century can be characterized by a number of larger-than-life luminaries. Some were simply honest, astute business men, while others were clearly unscrupulous tycoons, commonly known as The Robber Barons. This website catalogues those individuals, providing a brief bio as well as identifying the railroad(s) with which they are most clearly associated... Read More>>

Mar 8, 2021 - Dominion Atlantic Railway: Report & Photos by Ken McIlvoy. Railroad building in 19th Canada was no less of a national enterprise than in its neighbor to the south. Railroads in Atlantic Canada were especially prolific due in large measure to fear by Canadians that right after the US Civil War, with over a million men in arms, that is the US decided to invade and annex Canada there would be little that the Canadians could do to stop them until British troops could be... Read More>>

Mar 8, 2021 - Washington and Old Dominion Railroad: Report & Photos by Ken McIlvoy. The W&OD came into being when the Southern Railway leased the Bluemont Branch to the new company in 1912. Constructed as an electric interurban at a time when such properties were past their prime, the W&OD was destined to struggle for all of its life, coming to and end in the late 1960's... Read More>>

Jun 26, 2011 - Oregon Electric Railway Museum: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. Today was the last day of the NRHS convention and featured Southern Pacific 4449 leading an excursion from Tacoma to Portland. Chris was going to ride this and Bob and I would do a bit of chasing, meet him in Portland then drive out to... Read More>>

Jun 25, 2011 - 2011 NRHS Convention -- Stampede Pass Trip: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. I was really anticipating today's rare mileage excursion from Tacoma to Easton over Stampede Pass which, for me, was the highlight of the National Railway Historical Society convention. Stampede Pass (elevation 3,672 feet) goes through the... Read More>>

Mar 7, 2021 5pmPT/6pmMT/7pmCT/8pmET - Episode #19: National Railroad Museum -- Green Bay, WI (Part 3 of 3):. Join Kandace & Robert Tabern with the Midwest Rail Rangers to learn more about the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay, Wisconsin. In the third of a three-part series... we will go for a... Click Here To View>>

Jun 24, 2011 - British Columbia Electric Interurbans and Burnaby Central Railway: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. The NRHS convention continued today with seminars but the British Columbia Electric Railway's interurbans in Surrey and Burnaby were the focus and destination for today. Little did I know at that time how involved I was to become with... Read More>>

Feb 28, 2021 - Nevada Northern Winter Steam Spectacular: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. Our alarm went off at 6:00 AM but we stayed in bed until 6:15 AM when I turned on the computer and checked things. We had to scrape the ice off the windshield before we could drive to McDonald's on a very cold morning here in Ely and... Read More>>

Feb 27, 2021 - Nevada Northern Railway Winter Photo Spectacular: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. The alarm went off at 6:00 and we got ourselves ready. Upon our arrival at the Nevada Northern Railway, it was quiet and we found some of our fellow participants in the waiting room area of the... Read More>>

Feb 26, 2021 - Nevada Northern Railway Winter Photo Spectacular: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. The participants in this year's Winter Photo Shoot assembled at the Depot at 1:00. Mark Bassett, the President of the Nevada Northern, introduced himself and the crew and discussed safety, the... Read More>>

Feb 26, 2021 - White Pine Public Museum: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. Our next stop in Ely was a place I had wanted to visit but they were closed on of my previous visits to this town. Today was my lucky day. White Pine Public Museum Information. Organized by the Ely Business and... Read More>>

Feb 25-26, 2021 - Our Trip to Ely, Nevada: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. Both Elizabeth and I had often seen the fantastic photographs from the Nevada Northern's annual Winter Photo Spectacular but neither of us had participated in this particular event before. I had been on a $50 photo session done around... Read More>>

Feb 24, 2021 - Former Railroad Tracks turned into Bike and Hiking Trails in Orange County: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. I found that the Venta Spur Trail was opened, Elizabeth and I invited Marty and Greg Smith to walk the trail where I once rode a train. I told them about my experience as we... Read More>>

Jun 23, 2011 - A Visit to Cashmere With Surprises Before and After: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. The NRHS convention events today were the Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad and Tacoma Rail. As we had visited both of these places in prior years, plans were made to explore and railfan along State Route 2 to... Read More>>

Jun 22, 2011 - Tolt River Railroad and Other Local Attractions: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. After a very enjoyable NRHS convention trip aboard the Northwest Railway Museum, Chris Guenzler and I stopped at Remlinger Farms in Carnation to ride the Tolt River Railroad. I had never been here before so... Read More>>

Jun 22, 2011 - 2011 NRHS Convention - Northwest Railway Museum: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. I did not have much holiday time in 2011, as I had only been at my new job less than a year, and would be taking a few days off the following month for Train Festival 2011. As such, the first... Read More>>

Feb 20, 2021 - Fillmore Western Railway : Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. Elizabeth has been waiting to ride a local tourist train since she moved to southern California last spring. With COVID-19 happening, this was impossible. Finally, two weeks ago, we discovered that the Fillmore Western Railway was... Read More>>

Feb 21, 2021 5pmPT/6pmMT/7pmCT/8pmET - Episode #18: National Railroad Museum -- Green Bay, WI (Part 2 of 3):. Join Kandace & Robert Tabern with the Midwest Rail Rangers to learn more about the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay, Wisconsin. In the second of a three-part series... we will go behind the scenes of the... Click Here To View>>

Jun 19, 2011 - Northern Pacific Railway Museum, Toppenish, Washington: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. Between riding the Yakima Valley Trolley and photographing Track 29, a side trip to the Northern Pacific Railway Museum in Toppenuish was made with Chris Guenzler. I had not... Read More>>

Jun 19, 2011 - Yakima Valley Trolley and Track 29: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. The 2011 National Railway Historical Society convention was planned for late June in Tacoma, Washington. Tacoma was just forty-five minutes south of where I lived in Lynnwood so there was no hesitation about... Read More>>

Feb 8, 2021 - San Diego Coaster Motive Power Over the Years: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. The North San Diego County Transit Development Board was created in 1975 to consolidate and improve transit in northern San Diego County. Planning began for a San Diego-Oceanside commuter rail line, then called... Read More>>

Sep 4, 2010 - Topic: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. The West Coast Railway Association in Squamish had long been a museum that I wanted to visit, especially as I had participated in a couple of train trips through their West Coast Rail Tours arm. In addition, the model railway show held each... Read More>>

May 3, 2010 - Metrolink to San Bernardino and Los Angeles; Angels Flight Railway: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. After yesterday's steam excursion, I was ready for more train riding. Today, a triangle trip on Metrolink from Santa Ana to San Bernardino, then San Bernardino to Riverside, Riverside to... Read More>>

May 2, 2010 - Santa Fe 3751 Excursion from San Diego to Los Angeles: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. Yesterday's chase, visits to former stations and riding the Sprinter had really whetted my appetite for today's ride behind Santa Fe 3751, a joint effort between the Central Coast Railway Club, the... Read More>>

Apr 30 & May 1, 2010 - Santa Fe 3751 Chase and Orange County Highlights: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. It was announced that Santa Fe 4-8-4 3751 would lead an excursion southbound from Los Angeles to San Diego on May 1st and return northbound on May 2nd. As I had not ridden behind this... Read More>>

Feb 7, 2021 5pmPT/6pmMT/7pmCT/8pmET - Episode #17: National Railroad Museum -- Green Bay, WI (Part 1 of 3):. Join Kandace & Robert Tabern with the Midwest Rail Rangers to learn more about the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay, Wisconsin. In the first of a three-part series, we will... Click Here To View>>

Feb 3-4, 2021 - Two day driving trip home : Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. We checked out of the Best Western in Cottonwood and stopped by Walmart so Elizabeth could get film before we drove through Jerome then down to Prescott Valley where ate breakfast at a McDonald's outside in the warm... Read More>>

Feb 2, 2021 - Verde Canyon Railroad : Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. We got up in Cottonwood then walked over to the Black Bear Diner on Elizabeth's birthday where she had Cinnamon French Toast and a hot chocolate and I had Classic French Toast. We checked things on the Internet before we drove to... Read More>>

Feb 1, 2021 - Valley Metro Light Rail : Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. Elizabeth and I got up at 6:45 AM, dressed and went to Denny's for breakfast down the hill from our hotel. We checked out, drove to Miami and checked for Arizona Eastern motive power at their yard. We looked up at the hill across and saw a train up on... Read More>>

Jan 31, 2021 - McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park : Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. Elizabeth and I woke up in Chandler and walked over to the McDonald's next door to get breakfast which we took back to the room to eat. We packed up, returned the key then drove north to Mesa to Pioneer Park... Read More>>

Jan 30, 2021 - Arizona Railway Museum : Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. We left the Copper Stay Inn and headed to Mescal where the old coaling tower no longer exists. We then drove to the bridge at Vail so I could show Elizabeth this famous railroad photography location... Read More>>

Jan 29, 2021 - Tucson Streetcar plus Depots and more : Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. Elizabeth and I got up and went to a McDonald's that was open to have a sit-down breakfast. We then drove to the Convento and Congress station of Sun Link and parked. A few minutes later, we saw our first Tucson Streetcar that... Read More>>

Jan 28, 2021 - A Trip into Arizona : Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. Elizabeth and I decided to celebrate her birthday on the Verde Canyon Railroad on February 2nd. We decided to make it a week-long trip, photographing depots and steam engines throughout much of Arizona. So we got up, had breakfast and... Read More>>

Feb 8, 2010 - Royal Hudson Excursion from Vancouver to White Rock: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. I was really looking forward to the Royal Hudson steam excursion from Vancouver to White Rock today. However, as that was not occurring until the afternoon, the morning was free to do some... Read More>>

Feb 6-7, 2010 - Conventional and Modern Streetcars in Lynnwood, Seattle and Vancouver: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. West Coast Rail Tours advertised the "Bite of the Rock" Winter Festival Special Steam Excursion featuring Canadian Pacific Royal Hudson 2860 which would take place a few... Read More>>

Aug 13, 2018 NRHS 2018 Chapter 25 - Last day and night on the Southwest Chief. My day started somewhere near Lamar, CO when after my morning ablution I proceeded to have breakfast of eggs and bacon with coffee and orange juice. After the meal it wasn't long before we stopped in La Junta, which is... Read More>>

Aug 12, 2018 NRHS 2018 Chapter 24 - Chicago Metra, Southwest Chief overnight. Riding Chicago METRA to Elburn on Union Pacific West Line. First night on the Southwest Chief returning home. I awoke shortly after entering Indiana after having a good sleep while traveling through my buckeye state. After... Read More>>

Aug 11, 2018 NRHS 2018 Chapter 23 - - Everett Railroad to Martinsburg. Everett RR trip to Martinsburg, PA. Over night on the Capitol Limited to Chicago. At 6:00am, Chris awoke me to start my day. I proceeded downstairs for my last meal here at the hotel as this is our final day of... Read More>>

Aug 10, 2018 NRHS 2018 Chapter 22 - - Potomac River Eagle trip. Potomac Eagle to Petersburg, WV. Chris awoke me this morning so I would have time for breakfast in the dining room which was busy again with conventioneers anticipating another train excursion. Today the... Read More>>

Aug 9, 2018 NRHS 2018 Chapter 21 - - Western Maryland Scenic RR to Frostburg. I had another good breakfast in the hotel dining room among fellow conventioneers. Chris got up earlier because he wanted to return the car rental now. After eating I went upstairs to do my laundry. The hotel... Read More>>

Aug 8, 2018 NRHS 2018 Chapter 20 - - Cass RR and Salamander trips. Cass ttip to Spruce, WV. Salamander trip to Elkins, WV. Breakfast was had again in the Ramada's dining room. Today it was very busy, being the first convention day and travel day with the buses leaving at... Read More>>

Aug 7, 2018 NRHS 2018 Chapter 19 - - Cass Railroad to Bald Knob. Cass Bald Knob train trip. This morning started with breakfast in the dining room of The Ramada Cumberland. They put on a nice spread and it was good to see some familiar faces from past conventions. After... Read More>>

Aug 6, 2018 NRHS 2018 Chapter 18 - - Acela ride, Tour Washington Mall & Capitol Ltd trip. Acela Train to Washington, DC. Tour of Washington National Mall. Capital Limited to Cumberland. We checked out of the Rodeway Inn and stopped at McDonald's for breakfast. As it was Monday morning, we... Read More>>

Aug 5, 2018 NRHS 2018 Chapter 17 - - RR Museum of Penn, Strasburg RR. Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, Strasburg Railroad. Our drive from West Chester to Strasburg took us through beautiful Pennsylvania Dutch Country with the locals doing some traveling on this nice... Read More>>

Aug 5, 2018 NRHS 2018 Chapter 16 - - Newton Square, West Chester RR. Newton Square RR Museum, National Iron and Steel Museum, West Chester Railroad. We left the Rodeway Inn and headed up Interstate 95 to Interstate 476 and we exited at Highway 3 and made our way to.. Read More>>

Aug 4, 2018 NRHS 2018 Chapter 15 - - B&O Museum, Baltimore Streetcar Museum, Havre de Grace Bridge. We drove from the National Capital Trolley Museum north on Interstate 95 to Baltimore and after figuring out Baltimore's one way streets, we arrived at the B&O Railroad Museum. The B&O Railroad Museum is... Read More>>

Aug 4, 2018 NRHS 2018 Chapter 14 - - Hagerstown, Walkersville Southern. Hagerstown Roundhouse and RR Park, Point of Rocks, Walkersville Southern Railroad, National Capital Trolley Museum. We woke up at the Days Inn and partook in their continental breakfast before we took... Read More>>

Aug 3, 2018 NRHS 2018 Chapter 13 - - Princeton Dinky, Pine Creek Railroad. After finishing my morning ablutions, Chris and I left for the short drive but long in duration due to the morning rush traffic for the Princeton Jct commuter station with fee parking. We then walked up to the... Read More>>

Aug 2, 2018 NRHS 2018 Chapter 12 - - Northeast Regional 176, Amtrak shops. Northeast Regional to Wilmington, DE. Amtrak shop tour. We had a 5:00am wake-up call and with our clothes and boots set out, it was easy to get ready this morning. Chris went down to the lobby to... Read More>>

Aug 1, 2018 NRHS 2018 Chapter 11 - - Surrender. Crew Railroad Museum, Appomattox, Virginia Railway Roanoke Station. We left the Capital City's Knights Inn and headed up US 1 to Interstate 85 north with a stop to refuel the car for the final time and... Read More>>

Jul 31, 2018 NRHS 2018 Chapter 10 - - Raleigh to Charlotte on Piedmont. Piedmont Train 73 to Charlotte. Piedmont Train 74 to Raleigh. The streets were dark and quiet when we left our motel room. We arrived at the new Raleigh Union Station, parked in the parking structure and... Read More>>

Jul 30, 2018 NRHS 2018 Chapter 9 - - Aberdeen, Selma, Rocky Mount. Aberdeen, Carolina & Western. Fayetteville, Selma, Wilson, Rocky Mount. We left the Super 8 in Salisbury and headed to the grade crossing just north the Salisbury station. Here we waited for the Carolinian to... Read More>>

Jul 29, 2018 NRHS 2018 Chapter 8 - - Tweetsie RR, NC Transportation Museum. Tweetsie RR, Souheastern Narrow Gauge Museum, North Carolina Transportation Museum. We left the Elkhorn Inn just before the crack of dawn. We had checked out last night so as to let people sleep. Both... Read More>>

Jul 28, 2018 NRHS 2018 Chapter 7 - - Durbin Rocket, Princeton RR Museum, Elkhorn Inn. Durbin Rocket, Princeton Railroad Museum, NS freight train. The Durbin Rocket operates out of Durbin, WV, from May to October. During July and August, there are two daily services Thurs-Sun, one leaving at... Read More>>

Jul 27, 2018 NRHS 2018 Chapter 6 - - VA Transportation, Winston Link, Clifton Forge Museums. Virginia Transportation Museum, O. Winston Link Museum, Driving through the Great Smoky Mountains. Today I awoke in the lap of luxury at The Hotel Roanoke. Climbing out of bed I threw open the... Read More>>

Jul 26, 2018 NRHS 2018 Chapter 5 - - The Great White Way, Hotel Roanoke. Newark to Roanoke with a stop on Broadway. We awoke today after both having a restful sleep. We later learned that the Hotel Riviera has played a big part in the history and Black culture of Newark. It was... Read More>>

Jul 25, 2018 NRHS 2018 Chapter 4 - - The Cardinal Through Appalachian Mountains. My morning started on the Cardinal traveling through the hills of West Virginia after having slept through the 3:15am stop in Cincinnati. Leaving Indianapolis, we continued through Indiana, then the... Read More>>

Jul 24, 2018 NRHS 2018 Chapter 3 - - Not Chicago but Indianapolis. Southwest Chief - Los Angeles to Indianapolis. Our second day on the Chief. I awoke only knowing that I should be somewhere in Kansas but with the train running late we could be anywhere in the... Read More>>

Jul 23, 2018 NRHS 2018 Chapter 2 - - First day on the Chief. Southwest Chief - Los Angeles to Chicago. Our first day on the Chief. My morning began with the Southwest Chief stopped at the Flagstaff, AZ Station. Looking out the window I spotted Chris getting a fresh... Read More>>

Jul 22, 2018 NRHS 2018 Chapter 1 - - Beginning with first night on the Chief. Southwest Chief - Los Angeles to Chicago. This year Chris and I were to take the train to the NRHS 2018 Convention in Cumberland, MD. We would take the Southwest Chief to Chicago and then the... Read More>>

Jan 24, 2021 5pmPT/6pmMT/7pmCT/8pmET - Virtual Presentation: Trackside Wind Turbines. Join Kandace & Robert Tabern with the Midwest Rail Rangers as they give a presentation about trackside wind turbines. Ever notice the tall white structures out in farmers fields from the train? We'll tell you... Click Here To View>>

Jan 3, 2010 - A Visit to Kansas City Union Station : Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. On the way back to Washington State after spending the New Year at the Depot Inn and Suites in La Plata, Missouri, part of the day was spent exploring Kansas City Union Station. Built in 1914 by by architect Jarvis Hunt, it replaced a... Read More>>

Dec 31, 2009 - Jan 4, 2010 - New Year's Eve 2009 and a Trip to La Plata, Missouri : Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. The year 2009 had been very eventful, not only from a personal angle (moving from Canada to the United States) but featured several special train trips and excursions, which I have described in... Read More>>

Dec 5, 2009 - Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation's Holiday Express Train with SP&S 700: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. The Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation started an annual event in 2005 as the major fundraiser of the year for this non-profit, volunteer-run organization that takes care of the three steam... Read More>>

Oct 20, 2009 - Riding in Style From Spokane to Portland: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. After a very successful trip from Portland, Oregon to Owosso, Michigan for Train Festival 2009 and its participation in the four-day event, Southern Pacific 4-8-4 4449 had to... Read More>>

Oct 4, 2009 - Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield VIllage and the Weiser Railroad: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. The Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan, was the destination for this day. I knew next to nothing about Henry Ford prior to this visit but came to admire and respect his life's work and was amazed at the breadth of his collection and vision.... Read More>>

Oct 3, 2009 - Nickel Plate 765 and Pere Marquette 1225 Steam Excursion Alma to Cadillac: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. It was announced in July that as Pere Marquette 2-8-4 1225 had been sidelined with a flue problem during Train Festival 2009, it and Nickel Plate 2-8-4 765 would lead a double-headed steam... Read More>>

Aug 22, 2009 - Oregon Coast Crawler Featuring Curtiss Lumber Heisler 2: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. Amtrak advertised that on August 20th, they would be signing their 2,000,000th Guest Rewards Member and offered part of those rewards to anyone who travelled that day. Rails Northwest was... Read More>>

Jul 27, 2009 - Crossroads Village and the Huckleberry Railroad: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. After a fantastic weekend at Train Festival 2009, there was one more place to visit before the drive back to Chicago and the flight home to Seattle, namely Crossroads Village and the Huckleberry Railroad in... Read More>>

Jul 25-26, 2009 - Train Festival 2009 - Owosso to Alma Excursions: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. Today was the first of two all-day trips from Owosso to Alma, Michigan. The plan had been for Pere Marquette 1225 was going to pull the Saturday excursion with Nickel Plate 765 doing the... Read More>>

Jul 23-26, 2009 - Train Festival 2009: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. For four days in late July, the Steam Railroading Institute in Owosso, Michigan hosted Train Festival 2009. It was organized by Jason Johnson with many partnering organizations and started out as... Read More>>

Oct 19, 2008 - Rock Island to Iowa City Double-Headed Steam Excursion: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. Since Iowa Interstate's QJs were based in Iowa City and had been in Rock Island for the Rail Ride for Flood Relief trips the day before (see previous travelogue), the railway decided to sell tickets for a... Read More>>

Oct 18, 2008 - Iowa Interstate Rail Ride for Flood Relief: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. In August 2008, Iowa Interstate Railroad announced a weekend's worth of special events for the benefit of The Salvation Army's efforts to assist communities throughout its territory impacted by... Read More>>

Oct 20, 2007 - Photo Freight Charter with SOO Line 2-8-2 1003: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. Historic Transport Preservation, dba Steam Specials, sent out an e-mail announcement about a two-day photo freight charter on the Wisconsin and Southern Railroad with SOO Line 2-8-2 1003... Read More>>

Aug 4, 2007 - The Lake Whatcom Railway: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. The first Monday of August is a statutory holiday in five provinces of Canada, including British Columbia. In 2007, this coincided very nicely with a trip that Chris Guenzler made to... Read More>>

Jan 10, 2021 5pmPT/6pmMT/7pmCT/8pmET - New Virtual Educational Program: Connection Between America's National Parks & Trains. Join Kandace & Robert Tabern as we host the program from an underground copper mine at the Keweenaw National Historical Park near Calumet, Michigan... Click Here To View>>

Dec 14, 2020 - A Railroad Christmas: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. Elizabeth and I would like to share our Christmas Tree with all readers of my web site. May you all have a blessed Christmas Season in this dark year of 2020. Our Christmas Tree 2020 version. Around the train is the Polar Express G scale train... Read More>>

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