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Amtrak Station, La Plata, MO, October, 2011

Amtrak Station, La Plata, MO
On The Route of the Southwest Chief.

La Plata, Missouri

A Photo Essay by Carl Morrison,

October 16 - 21, 2011

La Plata Santa Fe Depot / Amtrak Station, 535 N. Owensby St., La Plata, MO 63549, 660-956-0460, Restored Historic Santa Fe Depot.


If you don't like the weather in Missouri, just wait 15 minutes and it will change.  The following photos were on another day.  In any weather, the Depot Inn & Suites will pick you up from, or deliver you to, any Amtrak Train.  Each morning one passes eastward, and each evening one passes westward.

The morning eastbound Amtrak No. 4 makes two spots at the La Plata Station.  One for Sleeing Cars, and one for Coach Cars.  Both use the new ADA loading spot that is level with the floor of the train.

"La Plata Bob" Cox, part-time station agent,  is always at the Station to help both arriving and departing passengers.

The station, and the nearby Depot Inn & Suites Lookout are the closest that railfans can legally get to take photos of passing freight trains and Amtrak trains.

Bob Cox, second from left, giving a tour to some attendees of The Rail Travel Writing and Photography Workshop held at the Depot Inn & Suites in La Plata in October 2011.

Workshop Attendees and arriving passenger waiting for her ride.

An excellent photo timeline of the Depot created by Bob Cox from found photos.

View from the Ticket Agent's Desk of the Lobby.

Bob at his post in the Station.  Note the original system on the wall on the left.

Calendar in the Station.

Bob showed me the newest development at the Station...a very large model train layout is being built.

Local Amish often take the train, arriving and departing the station by horse and buggy, passing the red-roofed building.

The Westbound Southwest Chief No. 3 arrives a few minutes before 8 pm each evening.

New Lighting and ADA Platform make the La Plata Station a safe destination or debarkation spot even after dark.

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0.    Table of Contents |
1.    Depot Inn & Suites, La Plata, MO |
2.    Amtrak Station, La Plata, MO |
3.    Silver Rails Gallery and Memorial Library |
4.    Chris Guenzler Millionth Mile Lookout at the Depot Inn & Suites |
5.    Amish Country west of La Plata on Hwy. 156 |
6.    Downtown La Plata, Missouri, Including Santa Fe Espresso, Grandma's Home Cookin', City Hall and other photo ops in town. |
7.    Silver Rails Event Center |
8.    Atlanta, Missouri |
9.    West Winery, Macon, Missouri |
10.  Columbia Star Dinner Train, Columbia, Missouri |
11.  Locust Creek Covered Bridge State Historic Site and Danube Dr. Barn  |
12.  La Plata, Missouri, Post Office   Built in 1937
13.  LAX to LAP on the Southwest Chief.

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