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Silver Rails
About Us

Created in 1995
Out Of A Love For Rail Travel

Stephen Grande created a railroad related website in September 1995 after his first railroad trip with his two young daughters on the Amtrak Coast Starlight from Seattle, Washington, to Los Angeles, California. Originally that website was but was later moved to

Stephen and his spouse, Barbara Cepinko, have been involved in the computer and engineering sector since the early 1970s. In 1979 they formed MIDCOM Corporation, a workforce solutions company providing software & hardware engineers to the aerospace & defense industry. They sold that company in 2013, but have continued to use their computer and information skills in further venutes. Stephen brought his computer and information skills to the railroad sector to build one of the largest railroad related websites, provides a vast array of online information for train enthusiasts. Silver Rails also created a free web hosting service at where other train enthusiasts and rail organizations coould share their interests, knowledge, railroad photosgraphs, and historical information with others. Currently hosts over 800 railroad related websites. These websites contain over one million railroad related images and over 200,000 web pages of railroad related information. About 5,000 individual train enthusiasts visit these pages every day viewing over 240,000 web pages at TrainWeb.

Silver Rails has been involved in other railroad related ventures over the years. Silver Rails used to own the Depot Inn & Suites and the Silver Rails Event Center near the Amtrak Southwest Chief Station in La Plata, Missouri, and still works with the new owner to encourage business to these facilities. Silver Rails also created the 501(c)(3) non-profit American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation (APRHF). Although no longer actively involved in the management of this organization, Silver Rails contiues to encourage membershp and visitors to their attractions in La Plata, Missouri, especially the Rail Lookout Cabin & Deck. Silver Rails also owns and operates Silver Rails Vineyards & Winery, a 40 acre vineyard & winery located near the Amtrak Station in La Plata, Missouri.

A new separate service line of Silver Rails is a technical recruiting and professional job placement service. This is actually a return to our prior expertise as founders, owners and maangers of MIDCOM Corporation for 30 years as mentioned above. Click here for more information about this aspect of our business.

Silver Rails has also started a new set of web sites and web information services that will not be related to railroads or rail travel. These web sites reflect other interests of Stephen Grande and Barbara Cepinko. As indicated below, some of these websites have already been launched with content growing daily. Others will be launched in the near future. Please visit the Silver Rails web sites listed below:

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