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Left: Enjoying coffee at the Santa Fe Espresso in La Plata, Missouri.
Right: In the Pacific Parlour Car on the Amtrak Coast Starlight.

Steve Grande's Rail Travel

My total rail travel is over 300,000 miles,
almost all on Amtrak between September 26, 1996 and today.

"Solitude ... a man traveling by train moves simultaneously in three spheres -- the larger world flowing constantly past outside his window, the smaller more social world of people and coach moving with him, and the infinite world of his own imagination -- and a perfect trip is a matter of bringing all three, each with its own pace and scale, into balance."

-- George F. Scheer III, Booked On The Morning Train

Dec 19-20, 2022 - Amtrak Coast Starlight, Vancouver-WA to Los Angeles-CA : Report & Photos by Steve Grande. Travel in a Bedroom (Deluxe Room) in a Superliner Sleeping Car. Includes photos of scenery as well as photos and review of meals in the Dining Car. My first travel on the Amtrak Coast Starlight since 2008 and first real rail travelogue since 2010... Read More>>

Dec 5, 2021 - SP 4449 Holiday Express Train: Report & Photos by Steve Grande. I rode the SP 4449 Holiday Express Train in vintage rail cars pulled by the history Southern Pacific 4449 provided by the Oregon Rail Heritage Center in Portland, Oregon. This is a slideshow of that train ride... Read More>>

Oct 15, 2021 - Chris Parker Memorial Train Ride From Los Angeles To San Diego Round-Trip: Report & Photos by Steve Grande. Barbara, my wife, and I boarded The Tioga Pass private railcar in Anaheim. Others had boarded in either Los Angeles, Fullerton or Santa Ana. This private railcar was chartered and made this round-trip journey in tribute to Chris Parker, a member of... Read More>>

April 19, 2018 - An Excursion on the Patric Henry Private Railcars: Report & Photos by Steve Grande. My wife and I were one of the 3 couples that rode the Patrick Henry Private Railcars from Los Angeles, California, to Albuquerque, New Mexico. This report contains photos and text from that trip plus a couple of short video clips... Read More>>

April 20, 2018 - Amtrak Southwest Chief Albuquerque to Los Angeles: Report & Photos by Steve Grande The Ride Back From Albuquerque, New Mexico to Los Angeles, California, after the ride on the Patrick Henry Private Railcars. Mostly photos of the dining car and menus... Read More>>

Oct 26, 2017 - Los Angeles Metro Regional Connector Transit Project Photos by Steve Grande Photos of the construction sites of two stations of the LA Metro Regional Connector Transit Project including information and a map of the project. When this project is completed there will be a re-configuratin of the Los Angeles Metro Subway Lines. The BLUE LINE will run all the way from Azusa to Long Beach. Thus you will be able to take the light rail BLUE LINE between Azusa and Long Beach without changing trains... Read More>> Slide Show>>

Sep 12-19, 2016 - London Underground and Overground Photos by Steve Grande Just some photos that I took when taking the London Underground (The Tube) and London Overground while visiting England... 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>>

Tuesday, November 16, 2010: I received an email this morning from Russ Jackson of congratulating me on reaching my 300,000 rail travel milestone. Until then, I didn't even know I had crossed my 300,000 of rail travel miles! Being a bit backlogged as usual, I hadn't recorded any of my rail travel for the last two months. So, I stopped for a moment to record and add all my rail travel over the last two months. Sure enough, I had completed 300,000 miles of rail travel on Wednesday, November 10, 2010, while on my return trip from La Plata, Missouri, to Fullerton, California, on the Amtrak Southwest Chief! On Monday, November 15, 2010, I found I had a round-trip Amtrak ticket to San Diego that I had purchased one year ago and would expire that day. So, I decided to go ahead and use it rather than lose it. It turns out that return trip from San Diego was my 900th rail trip since my first Amtrak trip in 1995! For more information, click here to view my rail travel mileage log.

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