Managing and supporting the railroad related content of the websites hosted at TrainWeb is an
all volunteer effort of the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the
American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation (APRHF.COM).
For further information about the APRHF, please
Managing and supporting the railroad related content of the websites at TrainWeb has always
been an all volunteer effort. As of January 1, 2013, the volunteer nature of this effort
was made official by turning responsibility over to the APRHF.
Mostly it is still the same people volunteering their time and effort that have been doing
so for the past several years. They will just be wearing an APRHF hat instead of a TrainWeb hat.
However, the product of these efforts will continue to be found at
and the many other railroad related websites hosted free by TrainWeb LLC.
The goal of TrainWeb has always been to provide a free online location where train enthusiasts and
rail related clubs and organizations could share their knowledge, photos, news and events. The
websites of TrainWeb have been a labor of love since the day TrainWeb was founded in 1996. It has
always been an all volunteer effort without any paid staff providing or managing the content of
the websites. All the rail travel reports posted to TrainWeb have been provided by volunteer
correspondents. There are also over 1000 rail related websites hosted at TrainWeb.org, each
managed by individuals or rail organizations that volunteer their own time to share their
information and photos with the rail community. Even the management and technical support of the
websites has been an unpaid volunteer effort.
Since it has always been an all volunteer effort, we are just making it "official" by placing this
effort under the umbrella of the APRHF, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose main goal is to
preserve and promote passenger rail heritage.
If you operate your own website that is hosted at TrainWeb.org, nothing will change. Your website
will continue to be hosted for free on the TrainWeb.org web server, you will still manage the
content of your website, and TrainWeb will continue to provide free additional disk space for your
railroad related content and photos as needed.
When TrainWeb first started in 1996 it was built on a business model similar to TV and radio,
providing free content with revenue and profit coming from paying advertisers. Unfortunately it
turned out that the advertising revenue was barely enough to cover the cost of computer equipment,
internet access, and the overhead of rent and utilities. For the first few years TrainWeb only
survived by the continual influx of investment capital and a lot of unpaid time and effort by the
founders and volunteers. Fortunately, a more profitable sideline was discovered in 2003: selling
railroad themed party supplies online at
This new venue became the only profitable side of the business. But the TrainWeb staff didn't
want to abandon their original goal of providing an online location where train enthusiasts can
share with the railroad community. Thus they continued to put time and effort into the websites
as an unpaid volunteer effort.
Under the new arrangement, all railroad content of the TrainWeb servers has become the
responsibility of APRHF. That content is now managed and updated by APRHF volunteers. Most of
those volunteers will be the same people who have been managing and updating the content of the
TrainWeb servers from the beginning, but APRHF is seeking additional volunteers with the interest
and skills needed to help maintain and grow the railroad content and participation in this online
community. The company TrainWeb LLC will continue to provide free web hosting for this content and
online community as it has been doing all these years. In exchange for the free web hosting, ads
will continue to run on the web pages to generate the funds needed to provide the free web hosting.
WHAT ELSE DOES APRHF DO?
Taking on responsibility of the railroad content of the TrainWeb servers is just the latest
venture of the APRHF. The APRHF is devoted to the preservation and promotion of American
passenger rail heritage, including the history of Amtrak. The APRHF is national in scope but has
its headquarters and physical presence in Silver Rails Country near the Amtrak Station in
La Plata, Missouri, on the route of the Amtrak Southwest Chief.
The APRHF will continue to feature and expand its collection and displays of railroad heritage in
Silver Rails Country while it expands membership and activities nationwide.
These are some of the other ventures of the APRHF:
The APRHF manages an
exhibition of Amtrak history.
Housed inside 2 ex-Amtrak Mail Handling Cars (MHC), the exhibition features the memorabilia
collection of the Amtrak Historical Society which includes many items from the early years of
Amtrak. Also featured are Amtrak items collected and donated by TrainWeb LLC and many others
featuring Amtrak through the years. Like the APRHF Silver Rails Gallery & Memorial Library,
the APRHF exhibition of Amtrak history is located in Silver Rails Country and staffed by
The APRHF manages the displays of railroad heritage in the
Depot Inn & Suites.
The hotel located in Silver Rails Country in La Plata, Missouri, has displays of railroad heritage
throughout the building and the grounds. Many of these displays are rotated at times by APRHF
The APRHF manages a
rail lookout cabin and deck.
Overlooking the BNSF main trans-continental rail line this cabin provides a heated year round
shelter for train enthusiats to enjoy watching the frequent freight trains and twice daily
Amtrak Southwest Chief. Free Wi-Fi, electric power, gas heating, BBQ, restrooms and a large deck
above the tracks make this lookout point a railfan's paradise. This lookout point was dedicated
and named the "Chris Guenzler Millionth Mile Rail Lookout" as it opened on the arrival of Chris
into La Plata at the completion of his one millionth mile of rail travel.
APRHF Volunteers run the weekly
Let's Talk Trains
radio talk show.
Let's Talk Trains can be heard each week on Saturday 10am-Noon PT / 11am-1pm MT /
Noon-2pm CT / 1pm-3pm ET at
Previous episodes can also be downloaded on-demand. The talk radio show features guests with
expertise from just about ever aspect of the railroad world.
The APRHF manages the
Silver Rails Gallery &
The gallery is devoted to works of railroad art and photography incluing the works of a number of
noted railroad artists and photographers. The library features an extensive collection of
railroad books, videos, and journals, including several rare books related to the history of
Amtrak. The gallery and library are located in Silver Rails County near the Amtrak Depot in
La Plata, Missouri. They are open to the public and staffed by APRHF volunteers.
The APRHF owns and manages the
Silver Rails Event Center.
This is a railroad themed meeting and convention space with a seating capacity up to 800.
The APRHF holds its annual Silver Rails Model Railroad Show in this facility as well as renting
out the facility for local community events and private parties. This building will also soon
become the initial location of a museum of American passenger rail history that the APRHF is
beginning to assemble. This building is also located in Silver Rails Country.
The APRHF manages the
historic Santa Fe Depot / Amtrak Station
in La Plata, Missouri.
APRHF volunteers preserve the historic aspects of the depot as well as maintain the grounds for
use by Amtrak passengers.
The APRHF publishes the
Silver Rails Country Map.
This is a comprehensive guide to all the train enthusiast attractions as well as many other
heritage and tourist locations throughout Northeast Missouri (NEMO). A new related effort is the
creation of the Silver Rails Wine Trail which will feature wineries and wine tasting rooms
located in Northeast Missouri, including the new
Silver Rails Vineyards
that is now being planted and will feature railroad themed wines!
The APRHF also provides support to the
National Park Service Trails & Rails Program
on board the Amtrak Southwest Chief from Chicago to La Plata.
for more information about the APRHF.
APRHF volunteers are mostly located in Missouri and Southern California but we welcome those
opening local chapters
anywhere in the nation. The APRHF could certainly use your help if you'd like to
volunteer your time
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
Right now the APRHF is having a major membership drive. The APRHF would like to grow to
1,000 members pledging at least $5 per month. If you could pledge just $5 per month, that would go
a long way toward helping the APRHF maintain its current venues as well as achieve its future
goals. For more information on the goals of the APRHF, please
For more information on pledging $5 per month, please
APRHF thanks you for your consideration of helping support passenger rail heritage!
THE HISTORY OF TRAINWEB:
To read about the detailed history of TrainWeb, please