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Chris' railroad mileage now stands at: rail miles 1,691,648.4 or 2,728,465.16 kilometers as of 2/24/2021.

Chris going 152 MPH on Acela Express First Class.

Chris has ridden over 1,691,000.0 miles - that is equal to over 70.46 times around the world! He has ridden trains in all 50 states and has traveled on every Amtrak route at least twice, plus all the trains of Canada's Via Rail as well as every intercity route in Canada. In Mexico he has done Copper Canyon many times plus some other special places. Here are a few of the milestones that Chris has done: He hit his 100,000th mile on the Ferrocarril Pacifico at Lujan, in the Mexican state of Sonora, he reached 250,000 miles on Amtrak train 580 near Irvine, California, and when he got to 500,000 miles he was on Amtrak Train 11 at mile post 256.8 on the Union Pacific's Coast Line in California on December 30, 1999. On August 28, 2002, he passed 700,000 miles 14.1 miles west of Albuquerque, New Mexico. On May 26, 2003 at MP 178 east of Santa Ana he passed 750,000 rail miles. On April 25, 2004 he was on the Southwest Chief and passed 800,000 miles just west of the Metrolink West Corona Station. On February 20, 2005 he passed 850,000 miles at MP 215.6 on Surfliner 785 on the San Diego Sub. His 900,000 miles was passed aboard the Southwest Chief Train 4 on the BNSF Seligman Sub at MP 369.9 on November 26, 2005. His 950,000.0 miles was passed at MP 200.9 on the Metrolink San Diego Sub on 8/29/06. On April 27, 2007 at MP 425.5 on the BNSF Marceline Sub at the Missouri River Bridge at Sibley Missouri aboard the Southwest Chief, Chris passed his One Millionth Rail Mile ridden. On April 7, 2008 as Chris stepped off the Southwest Chief at the La Plata, Missouri Amtrak Station he reached his One Millionth Amtrak Mile ridden! On September 7, 2008. Chris passed his 1,100,000.0 Rail Mile on Surfliner 571 passing under Interstate 5 west of Irvine a MP 183.2 on the Metrolink San Diego Sub. On December 16, 2009 he reached his 2,000,000.0 Kilometer as well as his 1,200,000.0 Rail Mile at Milepost 166.2 on the Metrolink San Diego Sub at the Orangethrope Grade Crossing in Anaheim. On July 1, 2010 Chris passed his 1,250,000.0 Rail Mile 2.7 miles west of WB Jct at Milepost 391.4 of the BNSF Marceline Sub in Missouri. On May 19, 2011 on the Lakeshore Limited he passed his 1,300,000.0 Rail Mile 2.5 miles west of Kirksville, New York on the CSX Mohawk Sub. On July 1, 2012 on the Southwest Chief at the crossing of Magnolia Avenue in the City of Riverside he passed his 1,350,000.0 Rail Mile. He passed his 1,400,000.0 rail mile at MP 222.7 Oceanside Blvd in Oceanside, CA on November 3, 2014. On July 1, 2015 he recompleted riding the entire Amtrak System aboard train 174 from Norfolk to Washington, DC. At the NS/CSX connection when Chris reached the mainline switch onto the CSX mainline that was the moment of completion. On the night of April 7, 2016 Chris passed his 1,450,000 rail mile 1.6 miles north of Elma, Virginia at MP 137.2 aboard the Crescent. Now on September 9, 2017 Chris got his 1,500,000 Rail Mile as he stepped off Pacific Surliner 1567 at his home station of Santa Ana, California. Chris finished the Amtrak system again when he stepped off Northeast Regional train 171 in Roanoke on July 26,2018. On October 14, 2019 Chris passed his 1,600,000.0 rail mile at CP Bake on Metrolink San Diego Subdivison.

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Chris passing his Millionth Rail Mile. Click here for the story.

Completing the Amtrak System

Chris reached his Millionth Amtrak Rail Mile. Click here for the story.

Hawaii The Final State Train Ride

Canadian Intercity Finale

Alice Cooper Concert

Read about my trips in 2016 through the present


Read about my trips in 2011 through the 2015


Read about my trips from 2009 though 2010.


Read about my trips from 2006 though 2008.


Read about my trips from 2001 though 2005.


Read about my trips from 1980 though 2000.

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A tribute to Amtrak 1971 to the present!
The story of my early life.
Links to my favorite web sites.
Hotels near railroad stations.
Newspaper articles with Chris in them
Ten tips for train riders.
Industrial Rail Events.
Concert photos of my favorite bands.
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A Tribute to Richard Hamilton founder of Lets Talk Trains
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Map of all the routes that Chris has traveled.

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