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If you like railroading, we hope you'll make this site the first stop in your daily journeys on the World Wide Web.

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Welcome! We discuss train travel and various aspects of the railroading hobbies. We hope you will find the material here interesting and educational. We'll be happy to try to answer your questions and address your concerns. You may contact us via our "Meet Leaders" page.

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Our Amtrak Roster is the best publicly available roster of Amtrak equipment on the Web, and is updated frequently with equipment changes.

Looking for historical roster information? All 40 years of Amtrak roster history is now available! Visit our Amtrak By the Numbers page where you can find a link to an order form.


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  On Our Rails

Amtrak Travel Tips

Planning on taking an Amtrak trip? Make sure you check out our revised Amtrak Travel Tips for help on how to make your trip more enjoyable.

Trip Reports

In this section of ON TRACK ON LINE, we present reports of trips on the rails. We hope you will enjoy reading about the adventures of others, and that they will tempt you to experience passenger rail travel too.

Highlights of recent trip reports:

  • In January 2012, several OTOL members got together for our typical winter fest, this year in Philadelphia. Similar to the fest from January 2011 in NY City, this too was an all request fest. Join us on our adventures here.

  • In July 2011, many OTOL members took part in the annual Summer OTOL Fest; traditionally our longest fest. This year saw people making their way to Chicago and Albuquerque via various trains. We took in the sights and trains of both cities; Chicago &Chicago. You can read about our rides here.

  • In January 2011, several OTOL members got together for our typical winter fest, this year in New York City. This time around having completed riding all routes as a group, suggestions were taken from those thinking to attend on what the group should ride; the All Request Fest, as it were. People could suggest their favorite route, or a route that perhaps they had missed doing with the group on the past. Join us on our adventures here.

  • In September 2011, Greg Hunter and his wife made a cross country trip from San Francisco to Boston, with some stops along the way. Greg shares their adventures here.

  • In June 2011, Walter E. Zullig Jr. took a round about ride from Tacoma, WA. to Croton Harmon, NY. Walter ended up traveling one day longer than he had originally planned, thanks to flooding knocking out the Empire Builder. Read more about his trip here.

  • In August & September, 1979 OTOL leader David Warner made a figure 8 trip across the US on Amtrak. David included 14 photos of his trip within his report. You can revist some Amtrak history by reading David's report here.

About 300 other trip reports are available also.

Amtrak Radio Frequencies

Amtrak trains use the radio frequencies of the Host Railroads over which Amtrak trains run. Our Amtrak Frequencies section lists the AAR channels and frequencies Amtrak uses on each of its routes, with specific data about each route segment.

Operation Lifesaver

Operation Lifesaver is a national, non-profit public education program dedicated to ending collisions, deaths and injuries at highway-rail grade crossings and along railroad rights-of-way. We encourage you to visit Operation Lifesaver's Web Site.

Danny Boehr/Al Tuner "Muse From Here" Archive

Our Danny Boehr/Al Tuner - The Muse From Here Archive section contains a comprehensive collection of Al Tuner's "Muse From Here" essays on railroading distributed by e-mail beginning in 1994

The family of the late Danny Boehr dedicated a bench to him at Horseshoe Curve in August, 2003. Danny was a dear friend and a significant influence in railfanning using the internet. The Danny Boehr/Al Tuner Dedication Page includes the text of speeches and photos of the ceremony.

OTOL Forums

Visit our On Track On Line Forums/Bulletin Board to read news about all aspects of rail travel and railroad hobbies. Register on the Board to join discussions about your favorite railroad subjects.


OTOL Chat is another feature of On Track On Line. To learn all about it visit our Forums and read: The New OTOL Chat System or visit OTOL Chat directly. The Chat system is very easy to use and requires no special software. OTOL Forums membership is required.

Weekly Trains Chat: We hold a weekly Chat about "anything on flanged wheels" beginning at 9:30pm Eastern Time every Sunday evening. Log in with your OTOL Forums username and password.

Amtrak Disclaimer

Amtrak does not endorse this page, nor does it sponsor this or any other On Track On Line page. Amtrak sources were used to compile the roster, but the roster does not represent an official Amtrak roster, nor is the roster information endorsed by Amtrak. Similarly, information contained on the Amtrak Travel Tips, Auto Train Tips and Radio Frequencies was compiled by riders of the trains, and is not endorsed by Amtrak.

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