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My Train Trips 1980 through 2000

Here are stories of Chris Guenzler's journeys on the trains of North America from 1980 through 2000. The stories are in chronologial order, the most recent can be found at the top and the oldest by scrolling down to the bottom of the page.


Click here to read about the trip to complete riding all the passenger trains of Canada on the Algoma Central 12/25/2000 to 1/6/2001

Trip to Hawaii, the 50th state in which I have ridden a train 11/9/2000 to 11/13/2000

Pack your bags for a 33 day train tripwhen I almost finished all of Canada. Trips on Via, Algoma Central, Ontario Northland, Quebec North Shore and Labrador, Via's Bras D' Or and Amtrak including the Kentucky Cardinal 8/6/2000 to 9/8/2000

The Janesville Jaunt Come along on the Southwest Chief, Lake County Limited, Texas Eagle, 14 hours in San Antonio and a 12 hour late Sunset Limited 6/18/2000 to 6/25/2000

My trip to Vancouver Island, Coast Starlight, Mt Baker International and Via's Malahat 4/14/2000 to 4/22/2000

A Tribute to the now-closed Bell Mountain Railroad 2/19/2000

A day's ride on Metrolink 1/17/2000


The coldest trip that I have ever taken on the Canadian, Coast Starlight, Mt Baker International, Canadian Hudson Bay, Lynn Lake Mixed Train and the Skeena 12/10/1999 to 12/30/1999

Read about my trip on the Heartland Flyer to Oklahoma, Sunset Limited, Texas Eagle and Heartland Flyer 8/28/1999 to 9/4/1999

Take the journey 8/1999 as I reclaim Canada for my sobriety on the Ocean and Canadian, plus the new routes of Via's corridor to Ottawa, Quebec City and Windsor then the Chaleur to Gaspe, the Saguenay from Jonquiere and the Abititi to and from Senneterre 8/7/1999 to 8/25/1999

The 1999 National Railway Society Convention 6/20/1999 to 6/25/1999

My first trip to Alaska Anchorage to Fairbanks and return! 4/15/1999 to 4/18/1999

The New Sacramento to Bakersfield San Joaquin 2/21/1999


Copper Canyon 6 The Three Quarter Dome Trip 12/26/1998 to 1/1/1999

Round in Circles with South Dakota in the middle - Milwaukee Road 261 excursion North Kansas City to Minneapolis. Sunset Limited, City of New Orleans, Empire BuilderCoast Starlight, Southwest Chief, the 261 and home via Vancouver 8/30/1998 to 9/15/1998

The Mt Shasta Daylight Trip 6/20/1998

The reverse routing trip in which I ride in the opposite direction over some routes I have previously ridden on. Southwest Chief, Lakeshore Limited, Old Dominion, Silver Metour, Silver Star, Piedmont, Cresent and Sunset Limited. 4/9/1998 to 4/19/1998


First Pacific Parlor Car Trip.11/27/1997 to 12/1/1997

Finishing the Amtrak system sober and Fall Colors Trip: Southwest Chief, St Louis Mule, City of New Orleans, Sunset Limited, Silver Palm,Maple Leaf, International, California Zephyr and San Joaquin 10/9/1997 to 10/20/1997

A trip to Rutland via the Chief, the Cardinal, Night Owl, Bay State, Ethan Allen Express, Three Rivers and California Zephyr 6/12/1997 to 6/23/1997

Jucumba and Beyond 4/26/1997

Hale Bopp, the Northwest via El Paso: The Sunset Limited, Coast Starlight, Empire Builder and the Mt Baker International 3/24/1997 to 4/5/1997


Copper Canyon 5 Sober South of the Border 12/26/1996 to 1/1/1997

Ride along as I reclaim Arkansas, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconson and live out a gangster fantasy. Texas Eagle, Desert Wind, Coast Starlight, Empire Builder and the Desert Wind again 11/5/1996 to 11/30/1996

The Descanso, Alpine & Pacific Railroad plus the SP 2353 Campo to Miller Creek Run. 9/21/1996

Join with me as I finish riding the entire Amtrak System taking the Desert Wind, Michigan Service, International, Maple Leaf, Corridor Service, Adironick, Vermonter, Lake Shore Limited, Capitol Limited, Silver Meteor and the Sunset Limited 8/8/1996 to 8/21/1996

My trip on San Diegan 585 with the IC3 Flexliner 7/31/1996

Take a trip to the Southeast where I rode for the first time the Crescent, Carolinian, sevice to Newport News, Silver Star and the Sunset Transcontinental 3/28/1996 to 4/8/1996

Talgo in San Diegan Service Train 3/18/1996

The second trip over the Tijuana and Tecate 2/24/1996


Ride on the Yolo Shortline to Clarksburg from West Sacramento and Woodland to Lovdal 5/15/1995 to 5/16/1995

First Sober Long Distance Train Trip: Ride along when I take the Sunset Limited back to New Orleans, City of New Orleans, Pioneer to Seattle, Mt Baker International and Coast Starlight. 4/6/1995 to 4/15/1995

Sobriety Occurred 1/18/1995 Sober stories above, drinking day stories below.


Go East Young Man to Greeley, Colorado 11/26/1994 to 11/29/1994

I'm off to ride the Talgo 8/19/1994 to 8/23/1994

Union Pacific E Units to Westwood 7/1/1994 to 7/11/1994

Southern Pacific 2472 to Tangier 5/7/1994 to 5/8/1994


First Capitol trip 12/28/1993

Join me on my first ride on the Illinois Zephyr and the whole Empire Builder route: Southwest Chief, St Louis Mule, City of New Orleans, Illinios Zephyr, Empire Builder and Coast Starlight 12/18/1993 to 12/24/1993

A Thanksgiving Tale:Texas Eagle, Pere Marquette and Southwest Chief 11/23/1993 to 11/29/1993

Southern Pacific 2472 to Tracy 7/28/93 to 8/2/1993

Fillmore Western Steam Trip 7/3/93, 7/29/1995 and 3/24/2000

The Drunkard Experience - First Transcontinental Sunset Limited with being thrown off in New Orleans, The River Cities, Southwest Chief and first ever Texas Eagle run 4/4/1993 to 4/24/1993


Copper Canyon 4 Early into Mexicali 12/27/1992 to 1/1/1993

NRHS trip to San Jose City of San Francisco 3985/2472 7/21/1992

Union Pacific 3985 Pacific Limited Salt Lake City to San Jose 7/13/1992 to 7/19/1992

Colorado and Wyoming Trip 6/29/1992

Union Pacific 3985 UPHRS Sherman Hill Trip 6/28/1992


Santa Fe 3751 over Tehachapi 12/28/1991

Oh Canda, My first coast to coast trip: Desert Wind, Pioneer, Canadian, Ocean and Atlantic plus a rerouted Canadian on the return and the Coast Starlight. 6/23/1991 to 7/10/1991/

Union Pacific 8444/3985 Feather River Trip 4/26/1991 to 4/28/1991

Copper Canyon 3 Chris the Bartender 3/25/1991 to 3/28/1991


Copper Canyon 2 when we were halted by the worst rain storm in Sinaloa's history and how I drank that trip away 12/26/1990 to 1/1/1991

To the East Coast for the First Time: Desert Wind, Broadway Limited, Night Owl, Lakeshore Limited, Capitol Limited, Silver Star, Sliver Meteor, Cardinal and Southwest Chief 7/12/1990 to 7/25/1990


A Trip to the Snow at the Izaak Walton Inn 3/17/1989 to 3/24/1989


Destination Nacozari 9/8/1998 to 9/11/1988

My third trip to the Izaak Walton Inn 6/17/1988 to 6/23/1988

Bosque de Chihuahua and where I was engineer for a few minutes 5/13/1988 to 5/17/1988

Travel on a train from the U.S.A through Mexico to San Diego 4/30/1988

Mojave Circle Soledad Canyon and Cajon Pass 4/17/1988


Copper Canyon 1 First Contact - The Three Amigos 12/31/1987 to 1/4/1988

A slow trip on the Eureka Southern 9/5/1987 to 9/6/1987

My second trip to the Izaak Walton Inn 7/10/1987 to 7/16/1987

The Ghost Train of Old Ely 5/22/1987 to 5/24/1987


Trip to Greeley, Colorado: Desert Wind and Pioneer 11/26/1986 to 11/29/1986

Come ride my first Canadian Train ride: Expo 86 plus the first Empire Builder trips along with the Pioneer, California Zephyr and San Joaquin routes as well as the Izaak Walton Inn 7/16/1986 to 8/1/1986

The Narrow Gauge Adventure - Trips on the Durango and Sliverton Railroad and the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad 7/26/1985 to 8/3/1985


Cushenbury Caravan 5/4/1985


The Desert Scout 11/3/1984

Southern Pacific 4449 West World's Fair Daylight Phoenix to Los Angeles 6/16/1984 to 6/18/1984

Take a ride as I learned to be a fireman on the Sumpter Valley Railroad 8/21/1984 to 8/27/1984

San Diego Metroliner - first southbound run 4/29/1984

The First Mexican Train trips To Puerto Penasco including losing a friend in Mexico! 4/17/1984 to 4/4/1987


First Palmdale Cutoff Excursion 10/23/1983.

Spirit of California Last northbound run 9/30/1983 to 10/1/1983

The McCloud River Railroad Trips 9/9/1983 to 5/11/1985

Ride the Rio Grande Zephyr: San Joaquin, City of San Francisco, Rio Grande Zephyr, Pioneer trip and the Desert Wind. 3/24/1983 to 4/4/1983


Union Pacific 3985 First Excursion The Pyro Express 8/29/1982


I became a Pioneer: Coast Starlight, Pioneer and Desert Wind 4/11/1981 to 4/18/1981


To Bothell and back on the Coast Starlight 12/20/1980 to 12/21/1980

The Long Distance Trip that started it all off 3/30/1980 to 4/4/1980