Trains & Travel

P.O.Box 312

Portola CA 96122

chris@traintrips.biz (Rail Tour Manager)

1-800-359-4870 (USA)

1-800-752-1836 (Canada)

1-800-266-8751 (Fax)

1-530-836-1944

collectables

 

From the vast collection of railroad items from Chris Skow. This collection includes videos, books, photos, hats, tickets, timetables, paper items, and much more. If you like to collect railroad historical items you need to check out this page from time to time as we will continue to add items over time. We are making a number of our tour DVD programs shot during our tours available for your collection. Also we are having the vast collection of sound movie railroad programs shot by Chris Skow going back to the 1960's transferred to DVD for your collection and enjoyment.

 

 

SHIPPING AND HANDLING CHARGES

 

 

Up to $15.00.....................$ 5.95
$15.01 to $25.00...............$ 7.95
$25.01 to $50.00...............$ 9.95
$50.01 to $75.00...............$11.95
$75.01 to $100.00.............$14.95
$100.01 to $125.00...........$16.95
$125.01 to $150.00...........$18.95
Over $150.01....................$19.95

Up to $15.00$ 5.95

$15.01 to $25.00$7.95

$25.01 to $50.00$9.95

$50.01 to $75.00$11.95

$75.01 to $100.00$14.95

$100.01 to $125.00$16.95

$125.01 to $150.00$18.95

Over $150.01$19.95

 

DVD Railroad PROGRAMS

 

THE DENVER & RIO GRANDE WESTERN 315 RIDES AGAIN: This program touches on the seven-year restoration process, test runs, and features her first revenue trip in 58 years! Trains Unlimited, Tours teamed up with the Durango Rail Historical Society and the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad for the 315's first ever trip to Silverton over the former Silverton Branch of the Denver & Rio Grande Western

 

56 minutes $29.95

 

LOGGING RAILROADS OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST: This footage was shot by Chris Skow in 1976 and 1977 in color sound movie film and has been transferred to high quality digital format and computer enhanced by a professional lab. This program covers almost all of the logging railroad lines and mainline log hauling operations in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and British Columbia. Included is private roads such as Simpson Timber Company, ITT Rayonier, Canadian Forest Products, Crown Zellerback, Potlach, Oregon, California & Eastern, Curtis, Milburn & Eastern plus Weyerhauser's Longveiw-Vail-Cascade-Mohawk and Sycan Divisions. Then log hauling common carriers include: BN, Milwaukee, Camas Prairie, Oregon & North western, Esquimalt & Nanaimo, and Tacoma Belt. We then end this program with a wild and fast ride on a track car speeder over an abandoned logging line.

 

50 MINUTES $29.95

 

WESTERN PACIFIC-THE FINAL YEARS: Chris Skow worked as a brakeman and conductor for the Western Pacific Railroad between 1969 and 1995. Union Pacific took over control of the Western Pacific In 1983. This film covers the final years of the Western Pacific between the years of 1969 and 1983. Chris was based out of Portola but he made it a point to work over the entire WP system between the San Francisco Bay area to Salt Lake City and up on the Hiline towards Oregon. He always carried his sound movie equipment with him when he went to work so was able to capture some very unique footage that most railfans could never get. This is a very interesting program from the lens of a working conductor

 

70 MINUTES $29.95

 

WORKING THE SPERRY CAR ON THE WESTERN PACIFIC: This is more footage Chris Skow shot while on duty as a conductor. In 1980 and 1981 Chris agreed to work the Sperry Rail Detector Car over the entire Western Pacific system. During these two years he worked a total of eight sperry rail testing runs over the system as a conductor pilot with the Sperry crew. Each Sperry rail test took about 30 days to cover the WP system including the Tidewater Southern, Hiline and Reno Branch. This program is packed with railroad action and has many exciting meets with WP freight trains over the system and includes interesting facts about testing the WP. Included in this program is many of the train derailments and wrecks that Chris worked using Western Pacific's Oroville and Elko big hook derricks, plus a rare look at the famous wreck of the Oroville Derrick between Quincy Junction and Keddie and the emergency use of the old Nevada Northern steam derrick on the WP mainline. The testing of the system by the Sperry Car was done to try and find some of the rail defects that caused many of these train wrecks that you will see on this program. Again, as always, Chris carried his camera gear on all of his assignments. Again, Chris always took his sound movie equipment with him and made this very interesting program.

 

65 MINUTES $29.95

 

THE GRAND CANYON LIMITED: This program takes you onboard the Grand Canyon Limited excursion train pulled by the ATSF 3751 from Los Angeles to the Grand Canyon and return in celebration of the Arizona Centennial. This train ran May 14-19, 2012.

 

119 MINUTES $39.95

 

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA EXPLORER: This special excursion train ran June 3-5, 2011 from Emeryville, California to Klamath Falls, Oregon via the Feather River Canyon and the Inside Gateway then returned south via the Shasta Route and Sacramento River Canyon. We take you onboard for this three day excursion.

 

87 MINUTES $29.95

 

FEATHER RIVER EXPRESS ll 2010-DOMES TO RAILROAD DAYS: Come take a ride with us onboard this charter passenger train August 20-22, 2010 from Emeryville to Portola and return running through the former Western Pacific's Feather River Canyon both directions. In Portola we join in for the annual Portola Railroad Days Festival which also includes the Western Pacific Railroad Museum.

 

76 MINUTES $29.95

 

 

CLEANING OUT OUR STORE ROOM OF

OUT-OF-DATE DVD's

 

SNOWFLAKE EXPRESS 2007:Onboard a private rail car Emeryville to Reno and return.

 

$9.95

 

LUXURY ON THE RAILS: Promotional DVD for the private rail cars.

 

32 minutes $9.95

 

GREAT WESTERN RAIL ADVENTURE: Pre G scale Garden Convention in 2006.

 

85 minutes $15.95

 

FALL COLORS EXPRESS: Onboard the private rail cars Emeryville to Denver and return.

 

165 Min $19.95

 

DOMES DOWN THE VALLEY: Onboard the private rail cars Oakland to Bakersfield and return.

 

25 Min $9.95

 

SNOWFLAKE EXPRESS 2006: Onboard a private rail car Emeryville to Reno and return.

 

90 minutes. $15.95

 

 

RAILROAD VHS VIDEOS

OUT OF PRINT PROFESSIONAL RAILROAD

VIDEOS

PRODUCED BY BERKSHIRE VIDEOGRAPHY, INC.

MORE THAN 25 YEARS AGO !!

 

We have been cleaning our storeroom and found several boxes of brand new professional railroad VHS videos made by Berkshire Video- graphy, Inc. taped and produced between 1984 and 1991 by Grant G. Geist. All tapes are in their original dust covers with photo description program inserts, most in color and have never been played. This is a wealth of historical railroad programs that are no longer available. We only have one copy of each video program listed below. Prices below include postage and handling.

 

 

PACIFIC PRINCESS: Running time 43 minutes. Filmed 1986. Coverage of Kentucky Railway Museum's ex-l&N 152

 

$19.95

 

THE FRISCO FILLY: Running time 60 minutes. Filmed 1988. Coverage of Frisco #1522

 

$19.95

 

STEAM STILL STANDS: Running time 52 minutes. Filmed 1985. Coverage of The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania and the Strasburg Railroad

 

$15.95

 

8444 THE GREYHOUND LEGEND: Running time 60 minutes. Filmed 1989. Covers the UP 8444's busiest season in years

 

$19.95

 

COTTON BELT 819: Running time 60 minutes. Filmed 1988. Coverage of Cotton Belt 4-8-4 #819

 

$19.95

 

BERA INTERLOCKING: Running time 60 minutes. Filmed 1988 & 1989. A modern day look at Berea Tower in Ohio

 

$19.95

 

TWO-NINETY: Running time 90 minutes. Filmed 1990. Coverage of Atlanta & West Point 4-6-2 # 290

 

$25.95

 

SACRAMENTO STEAM SHOWCASE: Running time 90 minutes. Filmed 1991. Coverage of Railfair '91 in Sacramento, California

 

$29.95

 

THE COMTEMPORARY RAILROADING SERIES VOL 1: Running time 60 Min. Filmed 1990. Berkshire Productions teamed up with Neff Video Productions to produce 3 volume set. Volume 1 covers modern action on Norfolk Southern's rugged Pocahontas Division between Bluefield and Williamson, West Virginia

 

$19.95

 

THE COMTEMPORARY RAILROADING SERIES VOL 2: Running time 90 Min. Filmed 1990 This volume covers the Bessemer & Lake Erie Railroad including the Western Allegheny F units and the Pittsburgh & Conneaut Dock Operations

 

$29.95

 

THE COMTEMPORARY RAILROADING SERIES VOL 3: Running time 90 Min. Filmed 1991. This volume covers the former Western Pacific's Feather River Canyon, now owned by Union Pacific

 

$29.95

 

 

RAILROAD BOOKS

SOME OUT OF PRINT

 

 

VANCOUVER ISLAND RAILROADS.By Robert Turner 5tth Edition1984 hardbound 170 p

$40

STEAM ON 4 CONTINENTS.Part 1 by G. Haslbeck D. Wardale 1984 hardbound 128 p

$35

STEAM ON 4 CONTINENTS. Part 2 by G. Haslbeck D. Wardale 1986 hardbound 128 p

$35

THE GOLDEN SPIKE CENTENNIAL LIMITED. By Ross Rowland 1969 hardbound 52 p.

 

Rare High Iron Company Golden Spike excursion train to Utah full itinerary book

$55

MALLET TO MOGUL. By Robert L. Hogan 1973 softbound 53 p

$10

F UNITS. By Daniel J. Mulhearn and John R. Taibi 1982 softbound 80 p

$10

TRAIN TO THE SUN. 2006 hardbound 131 p All color Featuring the Railroads of Ecuador

$40

VANCOUVER ISLAND RAILROADS.By Robert Turner 5tth Edition1984 hardbound 170 p$40

STEAM ON 4 CONTINENTS.Part 1 by G. Haslbeck D. Wardale 1984 hardbound 128 p$35

STEAM ON 4 CONTINENTS.Part 2 by G. Haslbeck D. Wardale 1986 hardbound 128 p$35

THE GOLDEN SPIKE CENTENNIAL LIMITED.By Ross Rowland 1969 hardbound 52 p. Rare High Iron Company Golden Spike excursion train to Utah full itinerary book$55

MALLET TO MOGUL.By Robert L. Hogan 1973 softbound 53 p$10

F UNITS.By Daniel J. Mulhearn and John R. Taibi 1982 softbound 80 p$10

TRAIN TO THE SUN.2006 hardbound 131 p All color Featuring the Railroads of Ecuador$40

 

 

PUBLIC TIMETABLES

**All timetables are system unless otherwise noted**

MILWAUKEE ROAD (Mint Condition)

$12

October 27, 1968

 

April 24, 1966

 

October 30, 1966 Condensed

 

June 1, 1967 Condensed

 

December, 1 1967 Condensed

 

October 27, 1968 Condensed

 

April 25, 1965 Condensed & Revised

 
   

SEABOARD COAST LINE RAILROAD (Mint Condition)

$16

May 1, 1971

 

April 28, 1968

 

April 27, 1969

 
   

SEABOARD COAST LINE RAILROAD (Mint Condition)

$13

April 27, 1969 South Wind Pocket Timetable

 
   

CANADIAN NATIONAL (Used)

$8

April 27, 1969

 

October 31, 1965

 

October 29, 1961

 

April 24, 1966

 

April 25, 1965

 

April 26, 1968

 

April 25, 1976

 
   

VIA RAIL CANADA (Mint Condition)

$10

October 29, 1995

 

May 25, 1997

 

November 1, 1993

 

April 30, 1995

 

April 30, 1989

 
   

VIA RAIL CANADA (Used)

$9

April 24, 1977

 

October 29, 2000

 

October 31, 1976

 

October 29, 1978 Eastern Transcontinental Services

 

October 29, 1978 Western Transcontinental Services

 

April 30, 1978 Eastern Transcontinental Services

 

April 24, 1977 Condensed

 
   

NORFOLK AND WESTERN (Mint Condition)

$19

October 31, 1965

 

April 24, 1966 (Used)

 
   

KANSAS CITY SOUTHERN (Used)

$7

November 1, 1964

 
   

ROCK ISLAND (Mint Condition)

$8

October 31, 1965

 

April 24, 1966

 

October 30, 1966 (Used)

 
   

CANADIAN PACIFIC (Mint Condition)

$14

April 25, 1965

 

 

 

SOUTHERN PACIFIC (Mint Condition)

$14

October 30, 1966

 

May 12, 1968

 

March 23, 1969 (Used)

 

June 1, 1966 (Used)

 

March 22, 1970 (Used)

 
   

SOUTHERN PACIFIC-SANTA FE (Used) California schedules

$12

October 31, 1965

 

April 24, 1966

 

October 1, 1967

 

 

 

SOUTHERN PACIFIC GOLDEN GATE FERRIES (Used)

$15

April 1, 1938 Pocket timetable for Bay Area ferry service

 

 

 

SOUTHERN

$12

September 1, 1971 (Used)

 

November 20, 1970 (Mint)

 

April 30,1967 (Used)

 

 

 

SOUTHERN-CENTRAL OF GEORGIA (Used)

$12

August 1968

 

 

 

CHESAPEAKE & OHIO-BALTIMORE & OHIO (Mint Condition)

$14

April 27, 1969

 

 

 

CHESSIE SYSTEM (Used)

$10

May 1, 1975 Potomac Valley Service Pocket TT

 

 

 

WESTERN PACIFIC (Mint Condition)

$15

June 1, 1965

 

June 1, 1967

 

January 1, 1969

 

 

 

LOUISVILLE & NASHVILLE (Mint Condition)

$10

April 28, 1968

 

April 30, 1967

 

 

 

MISSOURI PACIFIC LINES (Mint Condition)

$10

May 15, 1966

 

April 1, 1965 (Used)

 
   

UNION PACIFIC (Mint Condition)

$19

January 1, 1969

 

April 30, 1967

 

October 31, 1965

 

March 10, 1968

 

February 6, 1966

 

April 24, 1966

 

 

 

SANTA FE (Mint Condition)

$14

Fall 1965

 

Spring-Summer 1967 (Used)

 

Spring 1965 (Used)

 

 

 

PENNSYLVANIA (Mint Condition)

$14

April 30, 1967

 

January 29, 1967

 

April 24, 1966 (Used)

 

MILWAUKEE ROAD (Mint Condition)$12

October 27, 1968

April 24, 1966

October 30, 1966 Condensed

June 1, 1967 Condensed

December, 1 1967 Condensed

October 27, 1968 Condensed

April 25, 1965 Condensed & Revised

 

SEABOARD COAST LINE RAILROAD (Mint Condition)$16

April 27, 1969 South Wind Pocket Timetable

 

CANADIAN NATIONAL (Used)$8

April 27, 1969

October 31, 1965

October 29, 1961

April 24, 1966

April 25, 1965

April 26, 1968

April 25, 1976

 

VIA RAIL CANADA (Mint Condition)$10

October 29, 1995

May 25, 1997

November 1, 1993

April 30, 1995

April 30, 1989

 

VIA RAIL CANADA (Used)$9

April 24, 1977

October 29, 2000

October 31, 1976

October 29, 1978 Eastern Transcontinental Services

October 29, 1978 Western Transcontinental Services

April 30, 1978 Eastern Transcontinental Services

April 24, 1977 Condensed

 

NORFOLK AND WESTERN (Mint Condition)$19

October 31, 1965

April 24, 1966 (Used)

 

KANSAS CITY SOUTHERN (Used)$7

November 1, 1964

 

ROCK ISLAND (Mint Condition)$8

October 31, 1965

April 24, 1966

October 30, 1966 (Used)

 

CANADIAN PACIFIC (Mint Condition)$14

April 25, 1965

 

SOUTHERN PACIFIC (Mint Condition)$14

October 30, 1966

May 12, 1968

March 23, 1969 (Used)

June 1, 1966 (Used)

March 22, 1970 (Used)

 

SOUTHERN PACIFIC-SANTA FE (Used) California schedules$12

October 31, 1965

April 24, 1966

October 1, 1967

 

SOUTHERN PACIFIC GOLDEN GATE FERRIES (Used)$15

April 1, 1938 Pocket timetable for Bay Area ferry service

 

SOUTHERN $12

September 1, 1971 (Used)

November 20, 1970 (Mint)

April 30,1967 (Used)

 

SOUTHERN-CENTRAL OF GEORGIA (Used)$12

August 1968

 

CHESAPEAKE & OHIO-BALTIMORE & OHIO (Mint Condition)$14

April 27, 1969

 

CHESSIE SYSTEM (Used)$10

May 1, 1975 Potomac Valley Service Pocket TT

 

WESTERN PACIFIC (Mint Condition)$15

June 1, 1965

June 1, 1967

January 1, 1969

 

LOUISVILLE & NASHVILLE (Mint Condition)$10

April 28, 1968

April 30, 1967

 

MISSOURI PACIFIC LINES (Mint Condition)$10

May 15, 1966

April 1, 1965 (Used)

 

UNION PACIFIC (Mint Condition)$19

January 1, 1969

April 30, 1967

October 31, 1965

March 10, 1968

February 6, 1966

April 24, 1966

 

SANTA FE (Mint Condition)$14

Fall 1965

Spring-Summer 1967 (Used)

Spring 1965 (Used)

 

PENNSYLVANIA (Mint Condition)$14

April 30, 1967

January 29, 1967

April 24, 1966 (Used)

TOUR CONDITIONS FOR 2017 **PLEASE READ CAREFULLY**

Tour Price: All tour prices are subject to change without notice, at any time. All prices based on double room occupancy. We reserve the right to change tour prices if necessary without prior notice.

 

Prices do not include:Personal items, meals not listed in the itinerary, laundry, phone calls, excess baggage charges, rental cars, side tours, insurance, passport fees including visas, vaccinations, gratuities, medical costs, tips to train or motor coach staff, extra tour costs due to unanticipated changes in the itinerary for reasons beyond our control, including weather, travel conditions, or cancellations, government intervention, sickness, political disputes, and failure of transportation or other causes beyond our control.

 

TRAVEL AND HEALTH DOCUMENTS:A valid passport is required for our international tours. In some cases a visa is also needed. Consult your health professional for the recommended immunizations and documents. Trains and Travel , here on referred to as TT, assumes no other responsibility if a client is refused entry into a country. Cost and cancellation fees will be paid by the client in the event they do not have valid documents.

 

CHANGE OF ITINERARY:We reserve the right to substitute, alter or modify the tour if any unexpected and unforeseen conditions beyond our control preventing the completion of such. Conditions can include weather, train schedules, equipment, motive power, revision of train consist, train delays, labor strikes, political disputes, derailments, closure of a rail line, break down of railroad or motive power equipment, railroads not honoring contracts and bus equipment problems. We will always endeavor, in each case, to provide substitutes, if any changes take place. TT is not responsible for canceled trains, delays, hotel rooms, route changes or missed connections, for any reason whatsoever. We will not give refunds if such conditions or cancellations take place.

 

TRAVEL INSURANCE:Travel insurance is strongly suggested. Insurance will cover and give tour members many benefits and protection. Benefits include baggage loss, accident, life, trip cancellation, sickness, bankruptcy, strike, weather conditions, employer termination or layoff effecting you or a person sharing the room with you, terrorist incident in your departure city or city of destination, jury duty, you are subpoenaed, hijacked, or quarantined, your residence or traveling companion residence is rendered uninhabitable, emergency military duty, traffic accident, single supplement upgrade when your room- mate cancels their trip, trip interruption, trip delay, missed connections, itinerary change, emergency medical benefits, medical evacuation, pre-existing medical conditions if enrollment is within 21days of your invoice date, assault of you or your traveling companion before departure, burglary of you or your companion before departure 24 hour hotline emergency assistance, emergency cash transfer and more .

 

RESPONSIBILITY AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY:Accepting your payment represents an agreement that you understand all the conditions, to be a member of our tours. TT gives notice that they are acting agents for the owners, contractors and suppliers, providing the transportation and all related travel services and assume no responsibility for equipment problems, mechanical failures, injury, sickness, damage, loss, additional expenses accidental delay or irregularities which may be caused through willful and or negligent acts or omissions on the part of the companies providing or engage in transportation, accommodations or services related to the accomplishment of the tour. Nor do we assume responsibility for natural disasters, social or political upheaval, acts of terrorism or acts of nature. TT reserves the right to substitute hotels, tour leaders, equipment, motive power, trains, onboard accommodations, routes and to alter the itinerary when deemed necessary without notice. The right is also reserved to cancel any trip or train prior to departure for any reason . TT is not responsible for expenses incurred by tour members in preparing for the tour, including non-refundable airline tickets, visa fees, planning, phone calls, or any other expenses. TT reserves the right to decline to accept, or ask to leave a tour, any person whose actions impede the daily operations of a tour, welfare or or enjoyment of other tour members. TT cannot give any refunds for any unused services. The terms contained herein shall serve as a waiver of liability to TT . Assumption of risk on behalf of the client, their heirs, executor, administrators, successors, and assigns for any and all known persons injuries. In many cases it is not possible to advise the passengers on reasons for train delays if beyond our control.

 

RESERVATIONS: A deposit is due in our office within 14 days after you make your bookings. Full payment is due 90 days before departure except for the Grand Canyon Limited in which full payment is due on a different schedule. You will receive an invoice, reservation form and current tour bulletins with your confirmation and travel insurance forms. No notice for final payment will be sent to you. It is your responsible to make the final payment on-time.

 

CANCELLATIONS:TT does not accept cancellations on the phone. Cancellations must be received by postal mail, email or fax before any refunds will be considered. Allow enough time if sending your written notice by US mail postal system. When a written cancellation is received in the Trains and Travel office this will be the effective date of the cancellation. Please take note that it can take up to 60 days to to process some refunds. Cancellation refund rules: 120 days prior to the start of any tour you will receive a refund less a $200 per person administration fee. 119 to 61 days before the departure of any tour there will be a 80% cancellation penalty based on the full cost of the tour. Cancellations received 60 or less days before the start of any tour will not receive any refund. GW Travel Ltd has their own cancellation rules and these will apply. If booking on GW Travel Ltd ask for cancellation rules.

 

PRE-DEPARTURE TOUR BULLETINS:Tour bulletins will be sent to clients that have booked on tours operated by TT . Bulletins include travel info related to the tour. Final documents will be sent out about two to three weeks before a tour begins. We offer tours operated by other companies and they may or may not send out tour bulletins and updates and most send out final documents only one to two weeks prior to the start of their tours.

 

PAYMENTS: Payments can be made with personal check drawn on a U.S. Dollar account, money order for U.S. Dollars, bank wire transfer, or credit card. We accept Visa, Master Card, Discover or American Express. Final payment for all tours is due 90 days prior to departure and we will charge your credit card on file unless you have given us other instructions. If final payment has not been received 7 days after the due date, a late fee of $50 per week will apply.

 

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:All prices are based on double room occupancy. We will try and match you with a roommate if one is available. If not, you may be charged the single room supplement listed for the tour you are booked on. Single rooms may not be available in some remote locations and on some trains.

 

TOUR REFUNDS:If for any reason tour members amend or delete any arrangements during travel, and leave the tour on their own, we cannot give any refunds on unused portions of the tour. If buses and trains are cancelled by the carrier or there is a labor strike or they go out of business, we cannot be held responsible and we cannot give refunds. Travel insurance will protect you for any of these reasons. If TT needs to cancel any tour everyone will receive a full refund. Please take note that in some cases refunds can take up to 60 days to process.

 

PARTIAL TOURS:We will allow passengers to join or leave a tour at certain points. Give us a call and we will try and work up a custom option for you.

 

MILEAGE COLLECTORS:Mileage collectors please take note that TT does not cater just to mileage collectors. We cater to all folks that enjoy trains and Rail journeys. We give strong warning that itinerary and route changes do happen and this is totally beyond our control when it does. If the only reason that you would want to book a tour is to collect the rare mileage, you need to understand that possible route changes do happen.

 

Questions? Send Email To: Chris@traintrips.biz

Trains & Travel

P.O.BOX 312

Portola CA 96122

1-800-359-4870 USA or (530) 836-1944

1-800-752-1836 CANADA