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Below you will find all of the railroad related stories, rail photos, rail trave logues 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.

Reports Posted in Prior Years

Click each link for reports posted in that year: 2014 / 2013 / 2012 / 2011 / 2010 / 2009 / 2008 / 2007 / 2006 / 2005 / 2004

Reports Posted This Year:

June 2, 2016 - Link Union Station (Link US): Report & Photos by Carl Morrison An LA Metro project designed to meet the long-term regional rail needs at Los Angeles Union Station (LAUS) by allowing the station to function more efficiently and providing a better overall passenger experience... Read More>>

June 6, 2016 - First day trip on the new Perris Metrolink Line: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler Metrolink finally announced that their new Perris Valley Line would open on June 6, 2016. I looked at their new schedule and... Read More>>

June 4, 2016 - Trainriders Group Trip to ride the Expo and Gold Line Extension: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler I planned this trip and we had an interest so I decided to do both of these new lines for group members. I had taken tours of both of these lines so there was... Read More>>

May 30, 2016 - A Day in Glenwood Springs: Report & Photos by Steve Grande Includes photos of the train station, railroad museum, and Amtrak California Zephyr. One day of a Tesla Model X trip to bring 15 banker boxes of railroad memorabilia to the APRHF Exhibition of Amtrak History... Read More>>

May 28, 2016 - A Trip to Beaumont Hill: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler Bill Compton and I planned to go out to take some train pictures. We decided to go out to Beaumont Hill and planned to leave my house at 5:30 AM... Read More>>

May 23, 2016 - Southwest Chief and Coast Starlight Discussion with Eric Smith, Director Long Distance Routes, Amtrak Coast Starlight and Amtrak Southwest Chief. Comments by Carl Morrison. Read More>>

April 23, 2016 - APRHF Rail Rangers Chicago to St. Louis, MO 2016 Charter: Report & Photos by Robert & Kandace Tabern Even though we both have ridden the rail line several times before, we really hadn't done much research on this particular route. So, before the first flake of snow began to fall last winter, we... Read More>>

May 12, 2016 - Los Angeles Railroad Heritage Foundation Expo Line Tour: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler The Expo Line is a light-rail line that currently runs between Downtown Los Angeles and Culver City. An extension that will provide service westward to Santa Monica is scheduled to open on May 20, 2016... Read More>>

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

April 30, 2016 - A Taste of Silver Rails Country Photography and Report by Carl Morrison; the first event celebrating a taste from some of the wineries and food venues of Silver Rails Country plus report and photos of round-trip on the Amtrak Southwest Chief between California and Missouri... Tasting Event Slide Show>>  Amtrak Travel Slide Show>>  Report>>

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

April 26, 2016 - Where are the Skytop Lounges? Report & Photos by Robert & Kandace Tabern Playing Detective: Tracking down the Milwaukee Road SKytops. Without a doubt - we are both Milwaukee Road fans. We guess that comes as no surprise with Robert growing up in the northern suburbs of Chicago and with both of us now calling Wadsworth, Illinois home... Read More>>

April 30, 2016 - Fullerton Railroad Days: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler Photos and report from the annual Fullerton Railroad Days held in the parking lot at the Amtrak / Metrolink Train Station near Downtown Fullerton, California, April 30 & May 1, 2016... Read More>>

Apr 13-14, 2016 - California Passenger Rail Summit: Report & Photos by Carl Morrison Annual summit of passenger rail agencies of California held in the Los Angeles Union Station Historic Ticket Office. Includes photos of trains on display (3751, Amtrak Metrolink) and tour of the Regional Connector Transit Project...
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April 6-11, 2016 - Norfolk & Western 4-8-4 611: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler The trip of Chris Guenzler to visit and photograph the N&W 611. Also includes a trip on the DC Streetcar, the Charlotte Lynx Light Rail System, the North Carolina Transportation Museum, and the trip home... Read More>>

April 2-5, 2016 - La Plata Spring Railfan Event 2016: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler The trip of Chris Guenzler getting to and railfanning in the La Plata, Missouri, region at the 2016 annual La Plata Spring Railfan Event... Read More>>

Feb 18, 2016 - All Aboard The Gulf Coast Inspection Train: Report & Photos Jack M. Turner In February 2016 the [Southern Rail] Commission was ready to take the next step by running an inspection train with major Amtrak involvement from New Orleans to Jacksonville. The inspection train would allow Amtrak and the SRC to inspect the track and station infrastructure while permitting officials from the... Read More>>

April 2016 - La Plata Spring 2016 Railfan Event : Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler Ongoing report and photos of the 2016 Spring La Plata Railfan Event. Click here for report and photos of the first few days of this event... Read More>>

March 2016 - San Francisco's Cable Car Museum: Report & Photos by Ted and Sylvia Blishak Other cities have iconic bridges, nearly as famous as the Golden Gate Bridge. But it's the Cable Car which defines San Francisco's heart and soul and... Read More>>

Mar 20, 2016 - Winterail 2016 Reports & Photos by Chris Guenzler Plus links to reports and photos by Chris Guenzler and others of every Winterail all the way back to 2003... Read More>>

Mar 15, 2016 - Country Travel DISCOVERIES: West Virginia's Mountain Railroads Tour by Robert & Kandace Tabern Report and Photos of: Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine, Cass Scenic Railroad, New Tygart Flyer, The Potomac Eagle and Western Maryland R.R. Trip Taken: September 22-28, 2015... Read More>>

March 5, 2016 - APRHF Rail Rangers Releases 2016 Preliminary Schedule Join us for private car trips to Saint Louis, Kansas City, La Plata, Galesburg, Hannibal, Milwaukee, and St. Paul-Minneapolis By Robert & Kandace Tabern... Read More>>

June 20, 2015 - Night At The Railroad Museum: Report & Photos by Geno Daily The Lake Shore Railway Historical Society Presents Night At The Railroad Museum plus passenger depot with bonus photos from Pennsylvania and Ohio... Read More>>

Saturday, March 5, 2016, Noon-2pm CT - APRHF Let's Talk Trains Show Kansas City Nathan is at the helm with special guests, Robert & Kandace Tabern of APRHF Rail Rangers, who have a VERY EXCITING announcement for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of railroad excursion history... Read More>>

February 27, 2016 - Los Angeles Railroad Heritage Foundation Metro Gold Line Extension and Shop Tours: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler The Foundation's mission is to diligently preserve and dynamically present the history of railroading in Los Angeles through its three core programs... Read More>>

February 27, 2016 - Los Angeles Travel & Adveture Show: Report & Photos by Carl Morrison at the Long Beach Convention Center. How to Meet with Several Train Companies in One Day... Read More>>

February 18, 2016 - An Inside Look Into Outside The Rails (Part 2 of 2) In our January 29, 2016 TrainWeb, we brought you the first part of the story on how our railroad route guide business, called Outside the Rails, got started. This month's article is the second and final part in this series.... and will explain how... Read More>>

Photographing TRAINS Vol. 1 Amtrak's Southwest Chief by Carl Morrison (Kindle Edition) First in a Series of Long Distance Amtrak Train Photography Guides. This book tells you where and how to make great exterior and interior train photos along the route of the Amtrak Southwest Chief Los Angeles - Chicago. . This eBook includes tips for taking photos, not only of the Southwest Chief, but of tourist trains, rail museums, and private rail cars close to the Southwest Chief route. Carl gives many suggestions as to where to eat, and where to stay along the way. Includes over 350 photos by the author from over 20 trips on the Southwest Chief to illustrate proven photo concepts. All Photographs and Text, except where noted, By Carl Morrison... Read More>>

April 3-6, 2016 - La Plata Spring Railfan Event 2016! Join us for our next La Plata Railfan Event this Spring Sunday April 3 through Wednesday April 6, 2016. The event will be held at the Depot Inn & Suites and each day we will go out into the Missouri Countryside to photograph and watch trains... Read More>>

Jan 29, 2016- An Inside Look Into Outside The Rails (Part 1 of 2). The Story Behind our Railroad Route Guides by Robert & Kandace Tabern. Several readers of our posts here on TrainWeb have contacted us and requested we write about our experiences researching, writing, and publishing these books... Read More>>

May 7, 2015 - National NY Central Railroad Museum: Report & Photos by Geno Dailey A visit to the National New York Central Railroad Museum, Elkhard, Indiana, and Cedar Point Media & Opening Day, Sandusky, Ohio on Lake Erie... Read More>>

August 1 & 2, 2015 - The Erie Limited: Report & Photos by Geno Dailey Two Steam Excursions from Buffalo to Corning, NY, Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society, Featuring Nickel Plate Road Class S-2 2-8-4 Berkshire #765... Read More>>

September 22, 2015 - Eastbound and Down: Sacramento to Florida on Amtrak: Report & Photos by Jack Turner Tuesday, September 22, 2015 would be the beginning of my homeward bound journey starting with the California Zephyr. Following a restful night at the Vagabond Inn and a stroll around the block... Read More>>

January 6, 2016 - Video of Amtrak Heritage Locomotive Short video clip of Amtrak Heritage Unit on Amtrak Empire Builder Portland Section going west bound past the Vancouver, Washington, new webcam... Read More>>

September 20, 2015 - Cruising Along The Pacific On Amtrak's Coast Starlight: Report & Photos by Jack Turner Sunday, September 20, 2015 kicked off with a smooth drive to Los Angeles Union Station. I dropped off my rental car at the underground parking garage below the station and a redcap picked up some other passengers... Read More>>

January 4, 2016 - Sneak Peek Beta Test RailCams Sneak Peak of new RailCams location and web site including captured video and stills of BNSF and Amtrak Empire Builder train movements... Read More>>

January 1, 2016 - BNSF Mojave Sub Trip: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler Bill Compton and I had talked about going out to someplace to take some pictures. I suggested the BNSF Mojave Sub between Barstow and Mohave. Bill and I finally found a date we both could go and it turned out to be January 1 & 2 of 2016... Read More>>

Reports Posted In 2015:

December 31, 2015 - Chris Guenzler End of Year Review 2015 I left you at home where I spent my New Years at home again. It felt funny being here but I needed a change in my life. It had been a great year in my life for most things, including Santa Ana Unified School District's Heninger Elementary School... Read More>>

October 10, 2015 - Elegant Dinner Train, Mid-Continent Railway Museum, Report & Photos by Brian Jakosz On Saturday October 10th, 2015 I had the distinct pleasure of riding the Elegant Dinner Train at the Mid Continent Railway Museum in North Freedom, Wisconsin... Read More>>

December 26, 2015 - The Forgotten Train Station Children's Book Pablo and his family are excited to start riding the metro when the first line opens in Madrid, Spain in 1919. Chamberi, their neighborhood station, is the start of various family outings. They eventually move away from the city center and are unaware of the stationís closing in the mid-1960s. Many years later Pablo, with the help of his grandson, is delighted to rediscover the station now open as a museum... Click here to order at Amazon.com. Read More>>

December 23, 2015 - Historic Chicago Union Station An Exclusive Hard Hat Tour of Areas Closed to the Public; Report & Photos by Robert & Kandace Tabern (Trip Taken: August 22, 2015 // Published: December 23, 2015)... Read More>>

December 14, 2015 - SoCal Rail Travel Meetup Group Annucal Christmas Party: Photos by Carl Morrison Photos from the 2015 Southern California Rail Travel Meetup Group Annual Christmas Party at The Old Spaghetti Factory across from the Fullerton Amtrak Station. Read More>>

December 11, 2015 - Metrolink 91 / Perris Valley Line Dedication Ceremony Report & Photos by of the event and a short train ride along the new route by Steve Grande... Read More>>

Nov 30, 2015 - Rail Fanning New Jersey Transit at various locations in New Jersey, Philadelphia and New York City: Report & Photos by Rick Chase A note on the photographs taken at 30th St. Station yards and Zoo Tower... I was escorted and accompanied by an authorized Amtrak representative at all times... Read More>>

September 15, 2015 - California Dreamin': Touring So Cal By Rail - Report & Photos by Jack Turner Following an overnight in Albuquerque I enjoyed a morning walk around the convention center... Read More>>

September 15, 2015 - An Evening on New Mexico's Rail Runner: Report & Photos by Jack M. Turner After checking in at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Albuquerque, it was time to make the short walk to the Alvarado Transportation Center to catch a Rail Runner commuter train to Santa Fe... Read More>>

Oct 14, 2015 - What I Learned On My First Cross-Country Trip on the Southwest Chief: Report & Photos by Rick Chase On October 14, 2015, my wife and I celebrated our 42nd wedding anniversary by taking the Southwest Chief, train # 4 from Los Angeles to Chicago. The lead GE P42DC was #15 followed by #118... Read More>>

Sep 30 - Oct 1, 2015 - The Coast Starlight from Los Angeles to Portland: Report & Photos by Tim Helmuth Part 3 of a 3 part jaunt across America on Amtrak. 6:30 AM came with a jolt, warning me to leave the La Quinta and order an Uber to the ARTIC for the 8:04 AM arrival of the 763 Surfliner to LAUS... Read More>>

Oct 31-Nov 1, 2015 - Train Station Turned Upscale Hotel An Inside Look at the Crowne Plaza Indianapolis Downtown Union Station By Robert & Kandace Tabern... Read More>>

Nov 7, 2015 Latest Outside the Rails book includes glimpse of Galesburg The authors of Outside the Rails, a series of informational guides about the Midwest's passenger train routes, visited The Galesburg Public Library Saturday afternoon for a presentation and book signing. Each of their books follows a specific train route, providing pictures of local attractions and factual information; their most recent edition, which follows the route from Chicago to La Plata, Missouri, includes information about Galesburg... Read More>>

11/12/15 Saturday 10amPT / 11amMT / NoonCT / 1pmET: Tune into LetsTalkTrains.com Live from TrainFest 2015, America's Largest Operating Model Train Show...
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11/07/15 Train Rider's Group Oakland Circle Trip: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler I got an idea for a Train Travel Group train trip. We all could try Business Class on the Coast Starlight... Read More>>

Florida to New Mexico by Rail
Report & Photos by Jack M. Turner Read More>>

Unfinished Business: Completing the Amtrak Southwest Chief
Tim Helmuth account of riding from Chicago to Fullerton,CA Sep 27 & 28, 2015. Read More>>

Honeymoon In The Great North
Report & Photos by John C. Turner Read More>>

Midwest Fall Foliage Private Rail Trips
By Robert & Kandace Tabern of APRHF Rail Rangers. Read More>>

Robin Bowers Train Travel Trips
Rail Travel Reports and Photos by Robin Bowers. Read More>>

Buffalo To Schenectady & NY,NY on Amtrak's Lake Shore Ltd & Empire Service
Christmas Shopping Amtrak Trip, Friday-Monday, Dec 12th-15th, 2014, Report & Photos by Geno Dailey. Read More>>

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08/24/99: Scottish Thistle Rail Excursion - Los Angeles to Oakland, California Steve's Travelogue & Photos: Ray and I rode in The Scottish Thistle private railcar from Los Angeles to Oakland, California on the tail end of the Amtrak Coast Starlight. The Scottish Thistle has an open platform which provided an experience quite different from any of my previous journeys on the Coast Starlight... Read More>>

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Rail Travelogues & Photos:

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    Travelogues of specific Amtrak routes:
  • Travelogues for Multiple Routes
  • Acela Express - Trains #2100s: Washington,DC-Boston,MA
  • Acela Regional - Service on the Northeast Corridor (renamed to Regional)
  • Adirondack - Train #68 & #69: Montreal,PQ,Canada to New York,NY
  • Ann Rutledge - Train #303-304: Chicago,IL to Kansas City,MO
  • California Zephyr - Train #5 & #6: Chicago,IL-Emeryville,CA
  • Capitol Limited - Train #29 & #30: Washington,DC to Chicago,IL
  • Capitols - Trains #700s: San Jose,CA-Colfax,CA
  • Cardinal - Train #50 & #51: Chicago,IL to Washington,DC
  • Cascades - Trains #700s: Eugene,OR to Vancouver,BC,Canada
  • City Of New Orleans - Train #58 & #59: New Orleans,LA to Chicago,IL
  • Coast Starlight - Train #11 & #14: Seattle,WA-Los Angeles,CA
  • Crescent - Train #19 & #20: New York,NY to New Orleans,LA
  • Desert Wind - Train #35 & #36: Chicago,IL to Los Angeles,CA (discontinued 1997)
  • Downeaster - Train #680-689: Boston,MA to Portland,ME
  • Ethan Allen Express - Trains #200s: Rutland,VT to Washington,DC
  • Empire Builder - Train #7 & #8: Chicago,IL-Seattle,WA
  • Empire Builder - Train #27 & #28: Chicago,IL-Portland,OR
  • International - Train #364-367: Chicago,IL to Toronto,ON,Canada (discontinued 2004)
  • Illinois Zephyr - Train #346-348: Quincy,IL to Chicago,IL
  • Kentucky Cardinal - Train #850-851: Chicago,IL to Louisville,KY (discontinued 2003)
  • Lake Cities - Train #352-353: Chicago,IL to Pontiac,MI (renamed to Wolverine)
  • Lake Shore Limited - Train #48 & #49: Chicago,IL-New York,NY
  • Lake Shore Limited - Train #448 & #449: Chicago,IL-Boston,MA
  • Maple Leaf - Train #63 & #64: New York,NY to Toronto,ON,Canada
  • Metroliner - Train #100-201: Washington,DC to New York,NY
  • Mt Adams Talgo - Train #752 & #753: Seattle,WA toPortland,OR (renamed to Cascades)
  • Mt Baker Intl - Train #760 & #761: Seattle,WA to Vancouver,BC,Canada (renamed to Cascades)
  • National Chief - Train #15 & #16: Washington,DC to Los Angeles,CA (never implemented)
  • NortheastDirect - Service On The Northeast Corridor (renamed to Acela Regional)
  • Pacific Surfliner - Trains #500s & #700s: San Diego,CA-San Luis Obispo,CA
  • Pere Marquette - Train #370 & #371: Chicago,IL to Grand Rapids,MI
  • Pioneer - Train #25 & #26: Chicago,IL to Seattle,WA (discontinued 1997)
  • San Diegans - Trains #500s & #700s: San Diego,CA-San Luis Obispo,CA (Now Pacific Surfliner)
  • San Joaquins - Trains #700s: Bakersfield,CA-Oakland,CA; Bakersfield,CA-Sacramento,CA
  • Silver Meteor - Train #97 & #98: New York,NY to Miami,FL
  • Silver Palm - Train #89 & #90: New York,NY to Miami,FL (replaced by Palmetto)
  • Silver Star - Train #91 & #92: New York,NY to Miami,FL
  • Southwest Chief - Train #3 & #4: Chicago,IL-Los Angeles,CA
  • Sunset Limited - Train #1 & #2: Miami,FL-Los Angeles,CA
  • Texas Eagle - Train #421 & #422: Chicago,IL to Los Angeles,CA
  • Three Rivers - Train #40 & #41: Chicago,IL to New York,NY
  • Twilight Shoreliner - Trains #66, 67, 76: Boston,MA to Newport News,VA (replaced by Federal)
  • Vermonter - Train #55 & #56: Washington,DC to St.Albans,VT/Montreal,PQ,Canada
  • Wolverine - Train #350-351: Chicago,IL to Pontiac,MI

    Travelogues of commuter rail routes:
  • Caltrain: Gilroy,CA-San Francisco,CA
  • Champlain Flyer: Charlotte,VT-Burlington,VT
  • Coaster: Oceanside,CA-San Diego,CA
  • Metra: Greater Chicago Area,IL
  • Metrolink: Greater Los Angeles Area,CA

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