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Oct 25, 2022 - North Carolina Transportation Museum, Southern Railway, Spencer, North Carolina: Photos & Text by Carl Morrison. The N.C. Transportation Museum is a historic site, once home to Southern Railway's largest steam locomotive repair facility in the southeast, and a museum featuring all types of... Read More>>

Sep 24, 2022 - Amtrak Safety Event - Fullerton, California: Photos & Text by Carl Morrison. The big attraction for me was to go through all the Fullerton Train Museum's rolling stock even though I see the museum every time I visit the Fullerton Station. The first car in the walk-through is surely a walk through time. Perfectly restored 50s lounge car with bar... Read More>>

Apr 25, 2022 - A Day at Cajon Pass, Watching Freight Trains: Photos & Text by Carl Morrison. We drove our 2020 Tesla Model 3 from Placentia, leaving about 9:30 on a Friday, first up 57 Fwy. to 60 Fwy. to I-15 and we started up Cajon Pass. We had intended to take Kenwood Avenue Exit, but found that it is only accessible by the truck lanes on the right as I-15 joins I-215... Read More>>

March 12-13, 2022 - LA Travel and Adventure Show, 2022: Photos & Text by Carl Morrison. I attend the Travel and Adventure Show each year when it is in Los Angeles. I get a press pass to attend in return for a report and photos for TrainWeb.com/carl and TeslaTouring.com/carl. It is held on Saturday and Sunday at the Los Angeles Convention Center; Traffic is relatively light to drive my 2020 Tesla 3 there for the day. I like to look for tourist trains to mention to my TrainWeb.com readers and there are always California destinations represented as well as Western US destinations to which we could drive our Tesla's or other EVs. (Gas this day is nearing $6 a gallon.) A highlight for me is also hearing the travel writers, this year including Peter Greenberg, and Pauline Frommer... Read More>>

Mar 16-22, 2022 - Winterail 2022: Photos & Text by Carl Morrison. Tesla 2,000-mile Road Trip from Orange County, CA to Corvallis, OR for Winterail 2022 and the TRAINS magazine/Santiam Photo Excursion on Albany & Eastern. I. Tesla Travelogue of 1,000 miles from Orange County, CA, to Corvallis, OR, via I-57, I-210, and I-5, II. TRAINS magazine photo excursion on the newly restored 1924 Baldwin 2-6-2 No. 205 in Lebanon, OR, III. Winterail 2022 in Corvallis, OR, IV. Tesla Travelogue from Corvallis, Oregon, to home in Orange County, California... Read More>>

Nov 9-16, 2021 - Trains of Oahu, Hawaii: Photos & Text by Carl Morrison. Past, Present, and Future including Oahu Railway, Hawaiian Railway, Dole Pineapple Express, and Honolulu Rail Transit. In 1900, Oahu Railway & Land Co. founder, Benjamin F. Dillingham, had Parlor/Observation Car No. 64 designed and built especially for himself. No. 64 was the showpiece of the OR&L's rolling stock... Read More>>       Slideshow>>

Sep 13-23, 2021 - Amtrak Coast Starlight and Empire Builder Journey to Glacier Haven Inn, Motel, RV Park & Cafe and Izaak Walton Inn in Essex, Montana: Photos & Text by Carl Morrison. including stops in Seattle, Washington; Essex, Montana; and Portland, Oregon. Don and I planned this trip for about a year. We wanted to return to the Izaak Walton Inn, at Essex, Montana, on the Empire Builder Route... Read More>>       Slideshow>>

Oct 15, 2021 - Chris Parker Memorial Run of the Tioga Pass private rail car: Photos & Text by Carl Morrison. Round trip LA to San Diego, (Would have been Chris' 65th birthday). Good afternoon everyone. To honour the memory of our dear friend Chris Parker, we are chartering the private car "Tioga Pass" for a... Read More>>

Sep 13-23, 2021 - Amtrak Coast Starlight and Empire Builder Journey to Glacier Haven Inn, Motel, RV Park & Cafe, A New Railfan Destination between East and West Glacier Entrances: Photos & Text by Carl Morrison. Glacier Haven will soon become Railfan Haven with its... Read More>>       Slideshow>>

Aug 7, 2021 - Virginia & Truckee Railroad steam train ride: Photos & Text by Carl Morrison. Virginia City, Nevada, home of the Virginia & Truckee R.R. Tourist Train. The first round-trip ride to Gold Hill, a 35-minute ride behind steam locomotive No. 29, is at 10:30 and we arrived a few minutes earlier. I walked into the ticket office and picked up our media tickets to ride... Read More>>

Mar 8-9, 2021 - Del Mar Bluffs, The Sandstone Bluff is Crumbling and nearly taking the railroad with it: Photos & Text by Carl Morrison. Background: Sue and I have been vacationing one week each year since 1983 at Wave Crest Resort overlooking the coastal railroad tracks and the surf in Del Mar, California. It has always... Read More>>

Oct 10-15, 2020 - Los Angeles - Seattle Round Trip on the Amtrak Coast Starlight: Photos & Text by Carl Morrison. Itinerary. Saturday, October 10, 2020 - Depart Fullerton, California, Station 8:16 a.m. Pacific Surfliner 763 Unreserved Coach Seats Arrive LA 8:51 a.m. Transfer to Train 14, Coast Starlight Los Angeles - Seattle (King Street Station) 1 Superliner roomette | Car 1431 Room 5 Departs 10:10 Arrives Seattle... Read More>> Slide Show>>

Oct 18, 2019 - Overland Trail and Pacific Trail Trip - Los Angeles to Chicago: Photos & Text by Carl Morrison. The vintage railroad passenger cars traveled to Chicago to participate in the new "Autumn Colors Express" (the old "New River Train") later in October in West Virginia... Read More>>

Jul 29-Aug 5, 2019 - White Pass & Yukon Route Railway "The Scenic Railway of the World, Skagway, Alaska" With Rainbow Glacier Adventures Tours in Skagway and Haines, Alaska: Photos & Text by Carl Morrison. Built in 1898 during the... Read More>>

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>>

March 17, 2019 - Orange Empire Railway Museum, Photo Essay, "Shooting Trains" PSA Roundup Chapter Event. Photos and text by Carl Morrison. The engineer was working on a short circuit to the headlight which had to be working for the daily runs north to the Perris, California Station. As it turned out, he got it fixed and the first run was at noon rather than the advertised 11 a.m. departure. However, the trolley is the same 4' 81/2" gauge as the main line, so it was brought up on the main line so I rode the same route in a trolley rather than behind steam. During the day guests could ride all vehicles that were... Read More>>

October 3, 2018 - Imperial Western Beer Co. and The Streamliner at LA Union Station Exclusive Preview: Photos & Text by Carl Morrison. Historic Los Angeles Union Station former Art Deco Harvey House that is almost a century old finally reopens to the public as a working brewery... Read More>>

October 1, 2018 - Amtrak Pacific Surfliner Siemens Charger Locomotive Unveiling: Photos & Text by Carl Morrison. Amtrak Pacific Surfliner, Caltrans Introduce New, Cleaner Locomotives at Los Angeles Union Station. More reliable, greener Siemens Charger locomotives will power passenger trains along southern California coast between San Diego, Los Angeles and San Luis Obispo. PRNewswire -- With a blast of the locomotive's horn and a shower of biodegradable confetti, the Los Angeles - San Diego - San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) Rail Corridor Agency and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) introduced new, cleaner locomotives to... Read More>>

April 18 & 19 - 2018 California Passenger Rail Summit: Photos & Text by Carl Morrison Extensive photos from this 6th annual summit including equipment displays, reception in the historic Los Angeles Union Station ticket area, and the Patrick Henry Private Railcars. Photos also included from the tour of the LA Metro Regional Connector Transit Project and the LA Union Station Tour... Read More>>
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April 17-20, 2018 - Mobility Assistance Scooter On Public Transportation in Fullerton and Los Angeles, California: Photos & Text by Carl Morrison Notes about traveling with an assistance scooter on trains, Metro light-rail, Uber, LAUS Station Tour, Regional Connector Tour, the Metro Board Room, and... Read More>>

Nov 18, 2017 - Amtrak Surfliner Round Trip Fullerton - Santa Barbara for Lunch: Photos & Text by Carl Morrison. Often, when folks know I ride trains quite a bit, they ask me what train ride to start with, perhaps with their children or grandchildren. For a... Read More>>

Sep 9, 2017 - Chris Guenzler's 1,500,000 Miles of Rail Travel Celebration: Photos & Text by Carl Morrison Reaching this 1.5-million-miles-on-the-rails milestone by Chris Guenzler of Santa Ana, California, was celebrated with some close rail friends on a Pacific Surfliner excursion from Santa Ana to Solana Beach, California and return in Business Class. Conductor CJ held enough seats in the second Business Class car (a former long distance Amtrak car) for our group to be seated together. She also obliged by... Read More>>

April 17-20, 2016 - Amtrak Coast Starlight, Round trip Fullerton - Sacramento: Report and Photography by Carl Morrison. The purpose of this trip was to photograph and report on the 2017 California Passenger Rail Summit held in Sacramento. (A link to that Summit report is at the end of this report.) This trip on... Read More>>

April 18 & 19 - 2017 California Passenger Rail Summit: Photos & Text by Carl Morrison Conference Purpose: To meet with leaders in the rail industry for discussions regarding the modernization and integration of passenger rail service in California. This modernization and integration effort is... Read More>>

Jul 5-22, 2016 - America by Amtrak, Coast-to-Coast and Border-to-Border: Photos & Text by Carl Morrison A dream train trip covering 25 states on 6 Amtrak Long Distance Trains with 7,638 rail miles by a 74 year old dad and 42 year old son, Matthew Morrison on which trip I took over 4,000 photos. You will be happy to know not all are in this report!... Read More>>

Feb 18, 2016 - LA Travel and Adventure Show: Report & Photos by Carl Morrison A great place to research Tourist, Amtrak, and VIA trains is the LA Travel and Adventure Show which... Read More>>

July 17-18, 2016 - America by Amtrak, Coast-to-Coast and Border-to-Border, Crescent Charlotte, North Carolina to New Orleans, Louisiana 17 hrs Viewliner Roomette 776 miles: Report & Photos by Carl Morrison. 5th segment [of my trip] which left Charlotte, NC at 2:45 a.m. on CRESCENT No. 19 Roomette 5 Car 1910, would take me through NC, GA, AL, MS, and the SE corner of Louisiana. This would be my first roomette in a Viewliner Amtrak car... Read More>>

July 14-16, 2016 - Amtrak Destination City: Charlotte,NC: Photography and text by Carl Morrison Charlotte, North Carolina was the fourth Destination City on a dream Amtrak train trip covering 25 states on 6 Amtrak Long Distance Trains... Read More>>

July 14, 2016 - Amtrak Carolinian Washington, DC to Charlotte, North Carolina 780 miles: Report & Photos by Carl Morrison This is the 4th leg of my son, Matthew Morrison, and my "America By Amtrak" Tour. This Carolinian segment, which left Washington, DC at 10:53 am, includes photos from the train of Alexandria, VA; Quantico, VA; Fredericksburg, VA; Richmond, VA; Petersburg, VA; Rocky Mount, NC; Wilson, NC; Selma, NC; Raleigh, NC; Cary, NC; Durham, NC; Burlington, NC; Greensboro, NC; High Point, NC; Salisbury, NC; Kannapolis, NC; Charlotte, NC... Read More>>

July 12-14, 2016 - Amtrak Destination City: Washington,DC - Photography and text by Carl Morrison. America by Amtrak, Coast-to-Coast and Border-to-Border. Washington, DC the nation's capitol, was the third Destination City on a dream Amtrak train trip covering 25 states on 6 Amtrak Long Distance Trains... Read More>>

Jul 11-12, 2016 - Amtrak Capitol Limited Chicago to Washington,DC: Report & Photos by Carl Morrison This is the third leg of my son, Matthew Morrison, and my America By Amtrak Tour. The daylight portion of this Capitol Limited segment, which left Chicago at 6:40 pm, includes photos from the train of Cumberland, Maryland; Martinsburg, West Virginia; Harpers Ferry, West Virginia; Rockville, Maryland; and Washington, DC; and forest, farms, and rivers in between... Read More>>

Aug 20, 2016 - The Nethercutt Colluction: Report & Photos by Carl Morrison Replica of a luxury car showroom with restored, licensed, operating vintage cars plus the 1937 Canadian Pacific Royal Hudson Locomotive #2839 and 1912 Pullman Private Car #100 California... Read More>>

July 9-11, 2016 - Chicago: Report & Photos by Carl Morrison America by Amtrak, Coast-to-Coast and Border-to-Border, Chicago (CHI), an Amtrak Destination City. The second Destination City on a dream Amtrak train trip covering 25 states on 6 Amtrak Long Distance Trains on 7,638 rail miles by a 74 year old dad, Carl Morrison, and 42 year old son, Matthew Morrison... Read More>>

July 7-9, 2016 - Amtrak Empire Builder: Report & Photos by Carl Morrison America by Amtrak, Coast-to-Coast and Border-to-Border, My first Empire Builder ride past Essex, Montana, and Matthew's first Empire Builder ride at all left Seattle on time at 4:40 pm, July 7, 2016. This would be the second leg of my son, Matthew Morrison, and my "America By Amtrak" Tour... Read More>>

July 6, 2016 - Amtrak Destination City, Seattle, Washington: Report & Photos by Carl Morrison America by Amtrak, Coast-to-Coast and Border-to-Border, Seattle (SEA), Served by these Amtrak Trains: Amtrak Coast Starlight (Trains #11 & #14) and Amtrak Empire Builder (Trains #7 & #8). Arrival in Seattle on the COAST STARLIGHT from Los Angeles, California about 8:12 pm. We made our first Uber call and were picked up quickly. The Uber app even showed where the driver was located on a real time map. Our destination was Courtyard Seattle Downtown/Pioneer Square... Read More>>

August 5, 2016 - Reno, Nevada, Amtrak Destination City: Report & Photos by Carl Morrison Hot August Nights 2016 ... Amtrak California Zephyr stops in Reno daily - once eastbound, about 4:30 pm, and once westbound, about 8:30 am. Check the Amtrak.com app. for Trains 5 and 6 for exact times, or call... Read More>>   Slideshow>>

July 17, 2016 - New Orleans (NOL): Report & Photos by Carl Morrison America by Amtrak, Coast-to-Coast and Border-to-Border, New Orleans (NOL) Segment, Served by Amtrak Crescent (Trains 19 & 20), Amtrak City of New Orleans (Trains 58 & 59) and Amtrak Sunset Limited (Trains 1 and 2)... Read More>>   Slideshow>>

Jul 29, 2016 - Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus: Report & Photos by Carl Morrison Includes photos of the CIRCUS TRAIN and 2016 PLAY DATES for the 146th Edition Out Of This World from the official RBBB website... Read More>>   Also See: CircusTrains.com>>

June 2, 2016 - Link Union Station (Link US): Report & Photos by Carl Morrison An LA Metro project designed to meet the long-term regional rail needs at Los Angeles Union Station (LAUS) by allowing the station to function more efficiently and providing a better overall passenger experience... Read More>>

May 23, 2016 - Southwest Chief and Coast Starlight Discussion with Eric Smith, Director Long Distance Routes, Amtrak Coast Starlight and Amtrak Southwest Chief. Comments by Carl Morrison. Read More>>

Apr 13-14, 2016 - California Passenger Rail Summit: Report & Photos by Carl Morrison Annual summit of passenger rail agencies of California held in the Los Angeles Union Station Historic Ticket Office. Includes photos of trains on display (3751, Amtrak Metrolink) and tour of the Regional Connector Transit Project...
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