Trains We've Ridden

Yes, Mike is unquestionably a "chuffer nut"—who thoroughly enjoys steam trains of yesteryear.

As we travel the backroads of our wonderful country, Linda kindly humors Mike's passion for riding old steam trains—surprisingly finding them in many parts of the country.

Recently, we looked through all of Linda's trip journals, and we were surprised at the number of train excursions (OK, so not all of them were steam trains) that we have enjoyed over the past years of our RV travels.

Two of the train rides were cog trains, capable of climbing and descending grades of more than 25 percent. Such a feat is truly amazing when you realize that the steepest grades regular trains can negotitate is only four percent (a four foot rise for every 100 feet of track).

Mike was very fortunate and "happy as a kid in a free candy store" when he was given a ride on a Speeder —one of those funny little yellow boxes that run up and down the rail lines, carrying railroad personnel and inspecting track. What fun it was to zip down the track at 10 or 15 miles per hour, but only two feet (or less) above the rails.

Cog Trains.

pic of a cog train

Manitou and Pike's Peak Railway

2008 Manitou, CO

Mt. Washington Cog Railway

2004 Bretton Woods, NH

Steam Trains.

pic of a railroad steam engine

1880 Train

2008 Hill City, SD

Chehalis-Centralia Railroad

2003 Chehalis, WA

Cumbres-Toltec Scenic Railroad

2008 Antonito, CO

Durago & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

2002 Durango, CO

Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad

2009 Mineral, WA

Nevada Northern Railroad

2007 Ely, NV

Rio Grande Scenic Railroad

2008 Alamosa, CO

Roaring Camp Railroad

2001 Felton, CA

Snoqualmie Railroad

2006 Snoqualmie, WA

St. Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern Railway

2010 Jackson, MO

Virginia & Truckee Railroad

2012 Carson City, NV

Diesel Trains.

pic of a diesel train

Alaska Railroad

2003 Anchorage, AK

Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad

2010 Boone, IA

Branson Scenic Railway

2012 Branson, MO

California Zephyr

2007 Roseville, CA

Eureka Springs & North Arkansas Railway

2012 Eureka Springs, AR

Fillmore and Western Railway

2007 Fillmore, CA

Grand Canyon Railway

2010 Williams, AZ

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

2010 Bryson City, NC

Mid Continent Railway

2010 North Freedom, WI

Middletown & Huddlestown Railroad

2010 Middletown, PA

Mt. Hood Railroad

2009 Hood River, OR

Napa Valley Wine Train

2002 Napa, CA

Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad

2012 Garibaldi, OR

Sacramento River Train

2012 Sacramento, CA

Skunk Train

2001 Fort Bragg, CA

Spirit of Washington Dinner Train

2006 Renton, WA

Sugar Cane Train

2011 La Haina, HI

Verde Canyon Railroad

2008 Clarkdale, AZ

White Pass and Yukon Railroad

2004 Skagway, AK


pic of a streetcar

Perris Trolley Car Museum

2002 Perris, CA

Track 29 Trolley

2010 Chatanooga, TN

Incline Railway.

pic of incline railway

Lookout Mountain Incline Railway

2010 Chatanooga, TN


pic of a speeder

Speeder (private)

2006 Snowqualmie, WA

For Train Lovers Everywhere. In attempting to find the proper names for the various railroads that we have ridden over the years, I just happened to stumble across a web site that lists train rides available throughout most of the USA.

Here, for all of you train aficionados, is a link to USA Train Rides. This web site has given us a glimpse of many trains that we will now have to add to our "future train rides" list.

We would be pleased to hear about your favorite train rides, either steam or diesel. Feel free to drop us an email, and let us know the trains that you have enjoyed.

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