In this story we will look at all the train engines that have pulled my excursion trains through the years.
My first excursion was pulled by the Union Pacific Challenger on its first excursion trip from Salt Lake City to Provo on June 26,1982.
The first McCloud Steam Trip was from McCloud to Hambone behind the McCloud 25 on September 9,1983.
The first train trip over the Southern Pacific Palmdale Cutoff using the Sunset Limited equipment ran from Los Angeles to Mojave had Amtrak 242 on the point on October 23,1983.
My First Mexican Train Ride was the Pacific Southwest Railroad Museum Puerto Penasco Trip from Mexicali to Puerto Penasco behing Sonora Baja California GP-40-2 2110 on April 17,1984 .
I fired on the Sumpter Valley Railroad working the W.H. Eccles on August 25,1984
I rode behind the Southern Pacific Daylight 4449 on a two day trip from Phoenix to Los Angeles June 16-17,1984.
The Pacific Railroad Society Desert Scout ran from Los Angeles to Barstow behind Amtrak 286 on November 3,1984.
The Pacific Railroad Society Cushenbury Caravan ran from Los Angeles to Cushenbury behind Amtrak 214 seen at Riverside on May 4,1985.
The Cumbres and Toltec Railroad K-36 pulled me from Chama to Antonio on August 1,1985. Here at Osier is the Antonio train arriving.
The Durango and Silverton train had K28 473 pulling my train to Silverton on August 2,1985.
My second Pacific Southwest Railroad Museum Puerto Penasco Trip had Sonora Baja California GP-40-2 2110 on April 5,1986.
My third Pacific Southwest Railroad Museum Puerto Penasco Trip Sonora Baja California GP-40-2 2110 on November 5,1986.
My final Pacific Southwest Railroad Museum Puerto Penasco Trip Sonora Baja California GP-40-2 2112 on April 4, 1987.
Nevada Northern 4-6-0 40 pulled the Ghost Train of East Ely at Copper Flats on May 23,1987. Jeff Hartmann and I rode the first trip ever here.
The Pacific Railroad Society Mojave Circle ran out through Soledad Canyon and back through Cajon Pass on the Palmdale Cutoff with Amtrak 250 on the point on April 17,1988.
San Diego, Arizona and Eastern ran a train from Campo over the entire Tijuana and Tecate Railroad then up the Trolley Line into San Diego with the San Diego Imperial Valley GP-9 5911 on the point on April 30,1988.
I rode the Chihuahua Pacific Mixed Train 32 behind the CHP 1023 from Cuidad Juarez to Neuvo Casa Grande on May 13,1988.
The next day we rode a special train from Neuvo Casa Grande to Cumbres behind the NdeM 905 on May 14,1988.
We rode the last train ever across the Bosque de Chihuahua behind Bosque de Chihuahua H-16-44 1000 on May 14,1988.
I rode the Destination Nacozari 1988 trip pulled by the FNM RS-11 501 in September 8,1988,
The final mile of the Destination Nacozari 1988 we had the FNM PA1 19 on the point back into Nogales in September 10,1988.
Union Pacific 844 and 3985 took me double heading down the Feather River Canyon from Portola to Sacramento on April 21,1991.
Santa Fe 3751 took me from Barstow to Bakersfield and around the Tehachapi Loop on December 28,1991.
Union Pacific 3985 took me from Cheyenne to Laramie on my first ever Sherman Hill Trip on June 28,1992 on a Union Pacific Historical Society Trip.
The next day I rode the Wyoming and Colorado Railroad with their FP-7 1512 leading the train from Laramie to Fox Park on June 29,1992.
I rode the Union Pacific 3985 from Salt Lake City to San Jose from July 14-19,1992. Here are the best photo runbys from each day of these trips.
At the NRHS 1992 San Jose Convention I rode the City of Oakland behind the Union Pacific 3985 on July 23,1992 seen here in downtown Oakland.
Later that same afternoon I rode the City of San Francisco behind the Southern Pacific 2472 on July 23,1992.
Due to poor train handling by the CHP on my Bananafish Tours Trip 4 we were ran as a special train instead of being put on the rear of the regular passenger train. On the CHP portion we were pulled by the NdeM SD-40-2 8780 and 8733 seen at Divisadero on December 30,1901. The next day on the Sonara Baja California we were put into the siding for SBC Tren 2 as it raced through Lopez Collada in the middle of the Altar Desert on December 31st,1990.
I rode both behind the Great Western 2-8-0 51 and Fillmore and Western F7A 100 on July 3,1993.
Napa Valley Wine Train Alco MLW/FPA-4 71 took me on the brunch train on July 29,1993.
Southern Pacific 2472 took me from Oakland to Tracy and onto Lathrop on July 30,1993.
Southern Pacific 2472 took me from San Luis Obispo to a round trip to Tangier on May 7,1994.
Union Pacific E9a 949 took me from Oroville to Westwood on July 10, 1994.
From the Orange Empire Railway Museum I rode from Perris to Hemet behind the RSD-1 US DOT 015 on November 3,1994.I got sober on January 18,1995.
I rode the Yolo Shortline behind their 44 Toner 50 on the Clarksburg Branch on May 13,1995.
I rode a second trip San Ysidro to Tecate behind the SD&IV GP-38 5537 on February 24,1996.
I rode the Pacific Southwestern Railroad Museum trip called Jacumba and Beyond behind the SD&A MRS-1 1809 on April 26,1997.
I rode the Mt Shasta Daylight behind the Amtrak 382 from Sacramento to Black Butte on June 20,1998.
I rode my first Milwaukee Road 261 Trip, a three day trip from North Kansas City to Minneapolis Jct, on September 11-13,1998.
At the NRHS 1999 Convention in Sacramento Amtrak 231 took me on both on the Franklin Canyon Special June 22,1999 and the West Coast on June 24,1999.
At the NRHS 1999 Convention in Sacramento Union Pacific 844 took us on the City of Tehama from Sacramento to Tehama on June 23,1999.
For my 50th State Train ride on the Hawaiian Railway Society I rode behind 423, a 45 ton narrow gauge Whitcomb diesel-electric locomotive, on November 12,2000.
Grand Canyon Railroad FPA-4 6776 took me from Williams to the Grand Canyon on February 9,2001.
I rode the Rocky Mountaineer behind the GP-40-3 8013 on April 17-20,2001.
I took the a trip on the Yuma Valley Railroad behind the United States Marine Corps 1975 built GE center cab 152405, on April 17,2001.
The NRHS 2001 St Louis Convention Union Pacific 3985 took me from St Louis to Gorham, IL on June 19, 2001.
The NRHS 2001 St Louis Convention Frisco 1522 took me on two trips, one to West Quincy on June 21,2001 and a trip to Newburg on June 23,2001.
I rode the Sprit of Washington Dinner Train behind the F9As 84 and 82 on April 31,2002.
I rode the Verde Canyon Railroad FP-7's 1510 & 1512 on April 20,2002.
Santa Fe FP45 took me from Perris to Highgrove on May 11,2002.
I rode the Minnesota Zephyr Dinner Train behind the F7A 787 and 788 on May 17,2002 .
I rode the Milwaukee Road 261 from Minnepolis to Duluth on May 18,2002.
I rode the Dinner Train from Duluth to Marbles behind the DM&IR 193 subbing for the Milwaukee Road 261 on may 18,2002.
The NRHS 2002 Grand Canyon Convention gave me a chance to ride behind the Santa Fe 3751, Grand Canyon 4960 and 18 on August 24,2002.
Santa Fe 3751 took me home from the NRHS 2002 Grand Canyon Convention via the Peavine Line and Arizona and California from Williams to Los Angeles on August 25-26,2002.
I rode the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad behind the three truck Shay 10 on August 30,2002.
At the Iron Horse Roundup 2002 I rode behind the Quincy 2-6-2T 2 on August 31,2002.
At the Iron Horse Roundup 2002 I rode behind the Sierra 2-8-0 28 on August 31,2002.
At the Kentucky Railroad Museum I rode behind Santa Fe CF-7 2546 on December 28,2002.
I rode My Old Kentucky Dinner Train behind RJ Coram FP-7A's 1941 and 1940 on December 28,2002.
I rode behind the 2.5 ton Brookville Locomotive on Descanso, Alpine & Pacific on April 5,2003.
I rode the Poway Midland Railroad behind the Engine 0-4-0 3 that was built by Baldwin in 1907 on April 5,2003.
At the National Railroad Museum I rode behind the Milwaukee Road H-10-44 767 on May 2,2003.
I rode the Lewis and Clark Explorer 998 with RDCs RDC's 31,11 and 10 on June 15,2003.
Milwaukee Road 261 took me on a two day trip from Minneapolis to Chicago over the old CB&Q on June 19-20,2003.
Union Pacific 3985 took me from St Paul to Kansas City on a two day trip on June 21-22,2003.
At the 2003 NRHS Baltimore Convention I rode the Harrisburg Circle behind the Pennsylvania Railroad E-8s 5711 and 5809 on July 5,2003.
At the 2003 NRHS Baltimore Convention I rode the NRHS Blue Mountain Limited Baltimore to New Oxford on July 6,2003.
A Union Pacific 3985 trip to Yoder became at trip to Laramie from Cheyenne instead after the UP parked coal trains on that line to Yoder on July 12,2003.
I rode the Southern Appalachia Railway Museum Idaho Cascadian Passenger Train from Payette to Cascade behind the Idaho, Pacific & Northern GP-40 on August 8,2003.
I did the four day Montana Daylight Trip from Livingston to Sandpoint and back behind Montana Rail Link SD-19-1s 651 and 652 on August 22-26,2003.
I did the Three Kings Train to Tecate behind Carrizo Gorge GP-9 5911 from Campo to Tecate on January 11,2004.
I rode Sierra Railroad GP-9 46 on a post Winterrail Photo Train on April 13,2004.
I rode the Southern Appalachia Railway Museum Eagle Cap Limited on the Wallowa-Union Railroad Authority behind the Wallowa Union Railroad Authority GP-35 4508 on May 22,2004.
I rode the Southern Appalachia Railway Museum Pend Orielle Hiawatha on the Pend Orielle Valley Railroad behind the Pend Orielle Valley Railroad GP-10 1745 on May 23,2004.
I rode the Southern Appalachia Railway Museum Central Montana Rail Judith Basin Dinner Train on the May 24th,2004 and Jawbone Express Passenger Train on May 25th,2004 behind the Central Montana GP-9 1824.