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National Railway Historical Society

NRHS Conventions & Trips


NRHS 2019 & Golden Spike 150th Anniversary

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 theh... Read More>>

May 2-12, 2019 - Golden Spike 150 & NRHS 2019: Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. Adventures in Utah for Spike 150, Promontory Summit - 150 years later, A Sesquicentennial... Read More>>


NRHS 2018

July 22, 2018 - NRHS 2018: Reports & Photos by Chris Guenzler Photos and Reports from the 2018 National Railroad Historical Society Convention... Read More>>


NRHS 2017

June 16, 2017 - NRHS 2017: Reports & Photos by Chris Guenzler Photos and Reports from the 2017 National Railroad Historical Society Convention... Read More>>


NRHS 2016

July 25, 2016 - NRHS 2016: Reports & Photos by Chris Guenzler Photos and Reports from the 2016 National Railroad Historical Society Convention... Read More>>

July 2016 - Adventures in the Rockies: Reports & Photos by Robin Bowers. Photos and Reports from the 2016 National Railroad Historical Society Convention and the trip along the way... Read More>>


NRHS 2015

June 20, 2015 - Adventurers in New England: Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. Vermont Railway - Rutland to Hoosick Junction Passenger Train. Chris and I arrived at the station 9:00AM. and a little early for our scheduled 10:00AM departure for New York State. Hoosick Junction is just a few miles west of the Vermont state line. Setting on the siding was the... Read More>>

Jun 19, 2015 - Adventures in New England, Chapter 11: Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. Vermont Railway / Clarendon & Pittsford Railroad. Rutland to Omya Passenger Train, Shelburne Museum and Covered Bridges. Today's train trip to the Omya plant will be broken into two parts This is due to lack of track space at the plant. Group One will depart Rutland by... Read More>>

Jun 18, 2015 - Adventures in New England, Chapter 10: Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. Vermont Railway - Rutland to Burlington Passenger Train. Today's train departs at 10:00 AM from Rutland. After breakfast, with a couple of hours free to explore, Chris and I drove to the locomotive yard, location of the former car shop building, to see what was there... Read More>>


NRHS 2014


NRHS 2013

Alaska, NRHS 2013

National Railway Historical Society (NRHS)
Alaska 2013
Auto, Train, Bus and Plane. And Taxi too.
Report & Photos by Robin Bowers

Sep 13, 2013 - Auto, Train, Bus, and Plane. And Taxi too.. And so began my first day in the adventure of a life time. A one-time, never to be repeated exploring of a faraway land. A land much heard about, especially around a certain time of the year but with few visitors and scattered, sparsely populated residents... Read More>>

Sep 14, 2013 - Riverboat, Steam engine train and Stanley Steamer. It is the crack of dawn in the second largest city in the largest state in the Union that this day starts. Before falling asleep last night I perused the NRHS Schedule of Activities for Saturday September 14. The main first check point I needed to make was the bus shuttle operation from the Westmark to Riverboat Discovery. This was from 7:00 AM to 8:30 AM. I chose the time frame from 7:30 to 8:00 as the target. So near 6:45 AM as... Read More>>

Sep 14, 2013 - Fairbanks - Land of Midnight Sun. After boarding the bus the driver talked about the city of Fairbanks and our next stop Pioneer Park. The people who live along the rivers and coastline of northern Alaska are predominately Native American- Yup'ik, Inupiat, and Athabascan. For most of them, when they "come to town" they come to... Read More>>

Sep 14, 2013 - Antique Autos. Leaving Pioneer Park our bus made its way to our next venue and adventure. The driver was speaking about the country side we were passing by. She, the driver, explained we were passing what once was the biggest dairy farm in Alaska. Creamers Field is now part of a... Read More>>

Sep 15, 2013 - Train ride to North Pole. The second day in Fairbanks starts at the crack of dawn and this routine will continue thru the rest of week. The bus shuttle operation from Westmark to Fairbanks depot will be running from 6:00 AM - 8:00AM. An another great breakfast in the hotel dining room. The hostesses was... Read More>>

Sep 16, 2013 - Fairbanks to Denali. It was a bright sunrise this Monday morning in Fairbanks for my last day here. Shortly we would be starting our journey on the Alaska Railroad thru the middle of this the largest state in the Union. After checking my overnight bag to be sure I had what I needed for the next... Read More>>

Sep 17, 2013 - Denali to Anchorage via Talkeentna. Shrouded in the darkness before a gray dawn, the alarm goes off and a new day starts in Alaska. I gather my things and head out to my shuttle stop, "Bear Stop." The wait in the chilly darkness was short and no bears were heard or sighted. I boarded the shuttle to find... Read More>>


NRHS 2012


NRHS 2011



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... 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... Read More>>

NRHS 2010


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NRHS 2009


NRHS 2008


NRHS 2007


NRHS 2006


NRHS 2005



Jul 8, 2005 - 2005 NRHS Convention -- Brooklyn Roundhouse Tour and Convention Banquet: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. Even though it would be a few years until the City of Portland's three famous steam engines would have to find a new home (plans were already in the works)... Read More>>

Jul 7, 2005 - 2005 NRHS Convention -- Port of Tillamook Bay Excursion: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. Even though I had ridden the Port of Tillamook Bay Railroad four years earlier, I was looking forward to the convention trip from Banks to Enright and return. The Tillamook Branch of the... Read More>>

Jul 6, 2005 - 2005 NRHS Convention -- Western Star Steam Excursion: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. I was really looking forward to this day's excursion since I would be riding behind two steam engines that were new to me - Southern Pacific 4-8-4 4449 and Spokane, Portland and Seattle 4-8-4 700. Both are... Read More>>

Jul 5, 2005 - 2005 NRHS Convention -- Mount Hood Railroad Excursion: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. I was overjoyed when I learnt the 2005 National Railway Historical Society convention was going to be held in Portland, Oregon. Living in Victoria, British Columbia, it was an... Read More>>


NRHS 2004


NRHS 2003


NRHS 2002

Aug 21, 2002 - 2002 NRHS Convention - Verde Canyon Railroad: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. I joined the National Railway Historical Society (NRHS) in 2002 when I learnt that year's convention was going to be held in Williams, Arizona. The Grand Canyon was somewhere I had wanted to visit for a... Read More>>

Aug 22, 2002 - 2002 NRHS Convention - Sunset Trip to the Grand Canyon: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. The timing of the return to Williams from the Verde Canyon Railroad allowed me to see and photograph the afternoon Grand Canyon Railway train returning. Before that arrived though, I had a... Read More>>

Aug 24, 2002 - 2002 NRHS Convention - 3751 Grand Canyon Limited Excursion: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. There were no excursions scheduled for August 23rd but I did attend one of the seminars and walked around Williams and visited City Hall where I was given a municipal lapel pin to add to... Read More>>

Aug 25, 2002 - 2002 NRHS Convention - 3751 Canyon Limited: Report & Photos by Elizabeth Guenzler. The "outbound" trip of the 2002 convention was a two-day steam event, with the first day from Williams to Parker and the second day from Parker to Los Angeles. I rode the Sunday segment featuring rare... Read More>>

NRHS 2001


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NRHS 1999


NRHS 1992


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