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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:

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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