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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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Jul 29-Aug 5, 2019 - White Pass & Yukon Route Railway "The Scenic Railway of the World, Skagway, Alaska" With Rainbow Glacier Adventures Tours in Skagway and Haines, Alaska: Photos & Text by Carl Morrison. Built in 1898 during the... Read More>>

August 10, 2019 - Midwest Rail Rangers - New York City Subway Heritage Ride. Robert & Kandace Tabern. Before we ride the rails... we wanted to plug the New York Transit Museum. If you are planning a visit to New York City, one of the "must do" activities is a visit to the New York Transit Museum in... Read More>>

Aug 6, 2019 - Midwest Rail Rangers - Behind the Scenes with the UP Big Boy #4014. Robert & Kandace Tabern. For many, the most memorable "train experience" of 2019 will go down as seeing the Union Pacific Big Boy #4014 steam locomotive in action. After many years of hard work by Union Pacific's "Steam Team", the world's largest operating steam locomotive made... Read More>>

July 18, 2019 - Midwest Rail Rangers - The Last 'Hoosier State' Run. ...it caught us by surprise when Joe Kuczynski, one of our Midwest Rail Rangers Guides, sent the Board an e-mail on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 advising a group called Blue Pine Rail was planning to run two private cars on the back of the final northbound Hoosier State (Train #851) on Sunday, June 30, 2019... Read More>>

July 20, 2019 - Santa Clara VTA Light Rail: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority light rail is a light rail transit system that serves the Santa Clara County in the U.S. state of California. The system has 42.2 miles of tracks and is operated by... Read More>>

July 20, 2019 - Southern Pacific Krauss-Maffei ML 4000 9010 Debut Runs: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. I woke up, checked E mail then loaded the car and went to MacDonald's for hot cakes and sausage. I gassed up before taking Interstate 205 West to Interstate 580 West to Interstate 680 South to... Read More>>

July 19, 2019 - The trip to Antioch to ride the BART Extension Service: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. Southern Pacific Krauss-Maffei ML 4000 9010 was going to makes its first run and I decided I should cover this. I invited Chris Parker along on this trip but due to his lack of business for his... Read More>>

June 30, 2019 - 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>>

June 30, 2019 - The Milwaukee Road 261 through the years: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. My association with the Milwaukee Road 4-8-4 261 started as a part of a goal to ride a train in all of the 50 States of the United States of America. The state which would be the hardest to ride a train in would be South Dakota. Image my surprise when I was looking at my Railfan & Railroad Magazine back in early summer of 1998 and saw an ad about a Camerail Club three day trip from... Read More>>

Published July 1, 2019 - Midwest Rail Rangers - BNSF Galesburg Shop & Hump Tower Tour. By Robert & Kandace Tabern. If you have ever taken the Carl Sandburg train between Chicago and Quincy, Illinois --- then you have no doubt passed by the BNSF Galesburg, Illinois Hump Tower (it's on the right side going west, and the left side going east). Being a... Read More>>

June 23, 2019 - Milwaukee Road 261 to Winthrop: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. The Twin Cities and Western Railroad is a railroad operating in the U.S. state of Minnesota which started operations on July 27, 1991. Trackage includes the former Soo Line Railroad "Ortonville Line", originally built as... Read More>>

June 15, 2019 - Midwest Rail Rangers Visit the Lake Shore Limited. A Look at the New Viewliner II Dining Car & Meal Service Changes. By Robert Tabern - President, Midwest Rail Rangers & Kandace Tabern - Educational Officer, Midwest Rail Rangers. Change is about the only thing that has been... Read More>>

June 22, 2019 - Milwaukee Road 261 to Glencoe and beyond: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. The Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad; often referred to as the Milwaukee Road was a Class I railroad that operated in the Midwest and Northwest of the United States from 1847 until 1980. The company went... Read More>>

June 21, 2019 - The day before the Milwaukee Road 261: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. I had gotten my Milwaukee Road 261 tickets for a return to Glencoe and new mileage to Winthrop. I got my usual hotel then a rental car and was set to do this trip solo. Elizabeth Alkire then decided to ride both days but... Read More>>

June 15, 2019 - Pacific Railroad Society National Forum Private Car Trip Los Angeles to San Diego and return: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. I saw a post on Trainorders.com about a private car trip with the Pacific Railroad Society aboard the National Forum, a private car I had yet to ride. I signed up then... Read More>>

Chapter 17  Adventures in the Rockies Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. July 17, 2016: Riding the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad, from Antonito, CO - 64 miles - to Chama, NM. This station is the eastern terminus of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad (C&TS). None of the buildings and railroad... Read More>>

Chapter 16  Adventures in the Rockies Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. July 16, 2016: Scottsbluff, Platte Valley Trolley, Pikes Peak Historical Trolley Museum, Walsenburg and Alamosa. In the fertile valley of the North Platte River, Scottsbluff is the major trading center for western Nebraska and... Read More>>

Chapter 15  Adventures in the Rockies Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. July 15, 2016: Crawford Hill tracks & Carhenge, NE. The Pine Ridge Area has often been referred to as the "last frontier", and for a good reason. It was a favorite Indian hunting and camping area for hundreds of years and the... Read More>>

2006 Tracking Down Starlight: Report & Photos by Joy Basso. The Amtrak Coast Starlight has changed a lot recently. This is a report and photos from the better days of the Starlight in the past... Read More>>

May 24-25, 2019 - 14th Annual 24 Hours at Saginaw: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. Activities: Train watching begins, Sign in and log your time, make a donation, get a button; Railroad videos, Safety Rules displayed, Door Prizes; Pass the hat for Pizza; Silent Auction; RailStream Saginaw Cam... Read More>>

May 24, 2019 - Wichita Falls Railroad Museum and Tex Rail: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. The Wichita Falls Railroad Museum is a railroad museum in Wichita Falls, Texas. The museum is located in the Historic Depot Square in downtown Wichita Falls beside the railroad tracks. The museum is... Read More>>

May 23, 2019 - Red River Railroad Museum and the Oklahoma Streetcar: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. The Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad Company (M-K-T or Katy), the first railroad to enter Texas from the north, began its corporate existence in 1865, when its earliest predecessor, the... Read More>>

May 10, 2019 - Golden Spike 150th Anniversary: Photos & text by Carl Morrison. "Spike 150" is Utah's celebration of the 150-year anniversary of the Golden Spike. Uniting A Nation. An Amtrak/automobile trip from Fullerton, California, to the Golden Spike National Historical Park, Utah, for the 150th Anniversary of the joining of the rails at Promontory Summit on May 10, 1869... Read More>>

May 2, 2019 - NRHS 2019 Convention: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. The convention was held simultaneous with "Spike 150", Utah's celebration of the 150-year anniversary of the Golden Spike, one of the most iconic and life-altering events in America's history -- the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. It happened in Utah on May 10, 1869... Read More>>

May 17, 2019 - Midwest Rail Rangers Visit the CTA Heritage Fleet by Robert & Kandace Tabern. A Ride on Historic 1920's Cars on Various Chicago Elevated Lines of Today. On Saturday, May 11, 2019 we had the very rare opportunity to ride on a 1920's CTA car on various main lines of the CTA... it was part of... Read More>>

April 24 & 25 - 2019 California Passenger Rail Summit: Photos & Text by Carl Morrison. Extensive photos from this 7th annual summit including photos from a tour of the Amtrak Oakland Maintenance Facility. Summit Highlights: Future California Passenger Rail Network, California's Integrted Ticketing Program, The State's megaregional projects, New Equipment, Sustainability, Tourism and travel, Enhancements for the customer experience...
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Chapter 14  Adventures in the Rockies Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. July 14, 2016: Black Hills Central Railroad, Storybook Island, SD and Ponderosa Ranch, Crawford, NE. The109-mile-long George S. Mickelson Trail was originally the Burlington Northern line than took trains from Edgemont, SD to the... Read More>>

Chapter 13  Adventures in the Rockies Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. July 13, 2016: Powder River and Devils Tower, WY. The Powder River Basin is a geologic structural basin in southeast Montana and northeast Wyoming, about 120 miles east to west and 200 miles north to south, known for... Read More>>

Midwest Rail Rangers Non-Profit Plans Historic Train Ride Aboard 1950's Observation Car. Those who live in St. Louis area will be treated to an extremely rare opportunity next month -- the chance to ride round-trip for a weekend in a beautifully restored historic 1950's railcar. The Midwest Rail Rangers, a 501(c)(3) non profit organization whose volunteer Interpretive Guides... Read More>>

Join the Midwest Rail Rangers for a Falls Colors Coach Charter. Even though we are still waiting for the official start of summer (did I mention we're supposed to get 4-8" of snow here in the Upper Midwest this weekend?)... it's time to plan ahead and think about joining us for that fun fall train get-away weekend... Read More>>

Chapter 12  Adventures in the Rockies Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. July 12, 2016: Denver airport, Cheyenne & Douglas, WY. Known as Tent Town at its founding in 1886, Douglas served as a supply post for cattlemen and a distribution point for railroad consignments. The town's history is typical of the... Read More>>

Chapter 11  Adventures in the Rockies Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. July 11, 2016: Tiny Town, Georgetown Loop, Central City, Blackhawk, Idaho Springs. We left Pueblo early morning with clear sky and drove north on I-25 to Rt 470 and then west to Rt 285. Five miles west of the 470/285 interchange is... Read More>>

April 2, 2019 - Spring and Summer 2019 will no doubt be an extremely busy time for the Midwest Rail Rangers... and we are hoping that you will join us for one of our MANY events scheduled for the months ahead. Midwest Rail Rangers is partnering with Keith White, the owner of private car "Hollywood Beach", in hopes of running a special private rail excursion this... Read More>>

Chapter 10  Adventures in the Rockies Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. July 10, 2016: Strasburg, Limon, Kit Carson, Lamar, La Junta, Delhi and Pueblo. Near Strasburg on Aug 15, 1870, the Kansas Pacific Railroad completed laying tracks that formed part of a continuous chain of railways connecting the Atlantic and... Read More>>

March 27, 2019 - Amtrak's Crescent to Freedom Riders National Monument: Report & Photos by Robert & Kandace Tabern. Did you know that you can easily visit two of our country's newest National Park Service units by riding Amtrak's Crescent train through Alabama? Before leaving office in 2017, then-President Barack Obama designated two sites in... Read More>>

March 17, 2019 - Orange Empire Railway Museum, Photo Essay, "Shooting Trains" PSA Roundup Chapter Event. Photos and text by Carl Morrison. The engineer was working on a short circuit to the headlight which had to be working for the daily runs north to the Perris, California Station. As it turned out, he got it fixed and the first run was at noon rather than the advertised 11 a.m. departure. However, the trolley is the same 4' 81/2" gauge as the main line, so it was brought up on the main line so I rode the same route in a trolley rather than behind steam. During the day guests could ride all vehicles that were... Read More>>

March 13, 2019 - The Coast Starlight and Winterail 2019: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. I neeed this trip in my life at this point of it. I decided to take the Coast Starlight to Winterail 2019 this year and I called Amtrak Guest Rewards and got sleeping cars going both ways and Robin Bowers would join me. We would... Read More>>

Chapter 9  Adventures in the Rockies Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. July 9, 2016: Greeley, Fort Collins Municipal Railway, Terry Bison Ranch. Greeley was founded by a group of visionaries who responded to New York publisher Horace Greeley's renowned exhortation, " Go West, young man!" Greeley's dream... Read More>>

February 15, 2019 - Midwest Rail Rangers Visit England, Scotland & Wales: Part 8 of 8, Jacobite Steam Train by Robert & Kandace Tabern. The history of the railroad line, on which "The Jacobite" train operates over today, actually dates back to 1901. This is when the West Highland Railway built its Mallaig Extension. The railroad had hopes of opening up... Read More>>

Chapter 8  Adventures in the Rockies Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. July 8, 2016: North Platte to Cheyenne & Laramie. Nebraska's Lincoln Highway History - The last stretch of Lincoln Highway in the United States to be paved was in North Platte, Neb, in 1935. Before that, the route across the state was anything from... Read More>>

February 23, 2019 - NRHS Discovery Visit for the 2020 Convention Fillmore & Western Railroad Trip by Chris Guenzler. The Fillmore and Western Railway is a railroad owned by the Fillmore and Western Railway Company. The company operates on track owned by the Ventura County Transportation Commission. The... Read More>>

January 15, 2019 - Midwest Rail Rangers Visit England, Scotland & Wales: Part 7 of 8, Strathspey Steam Train by Robert & Kandace Tabern. If you are planning a visit to Scotland, one of the "must see" railroads on your list would definitely be the Strathspey Railway, which is based in Aviemore. If this city... Read More>>

January 19, 2019 - Ash Hill Trip: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. Bill Compton and I decided to go out to Ash Hill on Saturday 1/19/2019. He picked me up at 5:30 and we drove non stop to Newberry Springs where we saw our first train of the day... Read More>>

Riding The Downeaster And Silver Meteor by Jack M. Turner. The Downeaster was led by F40 cab control car 90214 followed by a Business class/cafe car, 4 Amfleet coaches, and trailing P42 # 130 wearing the Amtrak belt stripe heritage paint scheme. That engine had led the northbound run that we spotted from the Brunswick Hotel. We had ample room in... Read More>>

Mountain Majesty: The Conway Scenic Railroad by Jack M. Turner. Monday October 7 was Columbus Day, a major holiday in New England and a busy day for the Conway Scenic Railroad. The North Conway station was crowded with passengers boarding the round trip Valley Train to Conway and those waiting for the Notch Train to Fabyan and return. Once the... Read More>>

Riding The Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad by Jack M. Turner. Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad is part of the Hobo & Winnipesaukee Railroads which operate over 54 miles leased from the State of New Hampshire. This mileage stretches from Lincoln southward to Tilton. Both end points are nestled close to I-93 though the railway arches eastward along... Read More>>

Archived Highlight Images From Various RailCams. Old railcam images from Fullerton, San Juan Capistrano and Santa Ana, California, from Cumberland Maryland, La Plata Missouri, Portland Oregon, and Olympia-Lacey and Vancouver Washington. 2000-2002 Fullerton Railroad Days photos also featured... Read More>>

Riding The Green Mountain Railroad by Jack M. Turner. After taking Amtrak from Jacksonville to Albany-Rennselaer, NY (covered in my previous story) Christine and I drove eastward from Lake Placid along the Ausable River then north to Plattsburgh. Near Plattsburgh we boarded a Lake Champlain ferry for... Read More>>

Chapter 7  Adventures in the Rockies Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. July 7, 2016: Forney Museum, North Platte Cody Park, Golden Spike Tower. The Museum is off I-70 exit 275B near the Denver Coliseum. The museum features more than 100 antique and classic cars, carriages, bicycles and other... Read More>>

January 6, 2019 - Times are Changing: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. Over the years there have been many changes to Amtrak power on the old Santa Fe Surfline. I will now take you back in time to the events of the past. Santa Fe F units were standard power for the Surfline since May 1, 1971 until... Read More>>

March 02-03, 2019 - Rocky Mountain Train Show. Visit the largest model train show west of the Mississippi River at the Denver Mart. Make it a day or a weekend of Family Fun with 2-1/2 acres of model and toy trains of all scales, with 30 operating train layouts. See classic and modern trains from many manufacturers. FREE kids activities include Kids Hands-On Layouts, Thomas the Train, Railroad Story Time, Kid-In-A-Cab, Railroad Theater, Train Town and our Build-A-Layout... Read More>>

Chapter 6  Adventures in the Rockies Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. July 6, 2016: Buena Vista, Breckenridge, Fairplay, Cripple Creek, Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, Canon City, Pueblo, Colorado Springs and The Broadmoor. It was a bright crisp summer morning when Chris G. and I left our motel in Salida to start our... Read More>>

Chapter 5  Adventures in the Rockies Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. July 5, 2016: Chama to Cumbres Chase and then on to Antonito, Monte Vista, Del Norte and South Fork. Hidden away in a little-known corner of the southern Rocky Mountains on the border of New Mexico and Colorado is a precious historic artifact of... Read More>>

Chapter 4  Adventures in the Rockies Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. July 4, 2016: Riding the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and a visit to the private Animas Valley Railroad. The Durango Depot is located at Mile Post 451.52 and Silverton Depot, near the end of the line, at MP 496.7. The number... Read More>>

Chapter 3  Adventures in the Rockies Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. July 3, 2016: Chasing the Durango & Silverton, Visit to Ridgway, Cimarron & Gunnison. Durango began as a railroad town with a mining and smelting center during the gold and silver booms. It is now a crossroads for... Read More>>

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

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

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