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La Plata 2012 Spring Railfan Event Day 1 4/2/2012



by Chris Guenzler



We met in the lobby at 7:30 AM and headed out of La Plata via Mo Highway156 west to MO Highway 3 to Route J which took us to Elmer and our first train of the day.







BNSF 6638 East at Elmer. From here we drove out to the first old bridge west of Elmer via Route J to Route F then a left on Beaver and a left on Crystal Ave. With lighting not too good, we returned up Crystal Ave, left on Beaver and a left on Bayport Ave to the 2nd old bridge west of Ethel.





First a track inspector truck came beneath our photo location.







BNSF 4522 East at the 2nd old bridge west of Ethel.





Two pictures of our group which included Winston and Christy Walker, David Korkhouse and Donald Sillence.







A parade of track equipment went west to a work location.





Railroad rails have many uses including bridge support.





The 2nd old bridge west of Ethel.









The Southwest Chief at the 2nd old bridge west of Ethel with the last Amtrak Dome Car deadheading to Beech Grove. From here we moved to the 3rd bridge west of Ethel via Bayport right on Bison, right on Route VV to the bridge.









BNSF 5860 East at the 3rd bridge west of Ethel. From here we moved to the 4th old bridge west of Ethel. We backed tracked down Route VV right on Route EZ and a left on Anchor Ave.











BNSF 7331 East at the 4th old bridge west of Ethel.





More track equipment came by during that last train. From here we headed to the Newton Road grade crossing via Anchor Ave and a right on Newton Road.









Union Pacific 7349 East at Newton Road. From here we took Newton Road west and a left on Missouri Highway 129 into Bucklin for a bathroom/snack stop. I walked over to the bridge over the old CB&Q.





The CB&Q Line through Bucklin. From here we drove south to Meadow Road for a special picture.





Shot them while you can, as the Santa Fe signal bridges are being replaced. From here we drove down to the US Highway 36 to Missouri Highway 11 which we took into Brookfield.





The CB&Q Station in Brookfield.



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