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La Plata 2012 Spring Railfan Event Day 3 4/4/2012



by Chris Guenzler



We met in the lobby at 7:00 AM and soon Nathan Childester, Winston and Christy Walker and myself left the Depot Inn & Suites via Missouri Highway 156 and Missouri Highway 3 to Route J to Route M into Ethel where we set up for our first train of the morning.







BNSF 6535 west at Ethel. From here we took Missouri Highway 149 to US Highway 36 to Brookfield where we stopped at McDonald's and I got Hot Cakes and sausage. We then got back on US 36 to Missouri Highway 139 going through Sumner to Hale. I saw a BNSF eastbound train coming.





The former CB&Q Station in Hale.





Hale, Missouri.











BNSF 9193 East on the ex CB&Q line at Hale. From here we took Missouri Highway 139 into Bosworth then took Route UU to the CR 230 old bridge.









Union Pacific 4531 West at the CR 230 old bridge.







Union Pacific 4747 East at the CR 230 old bridge.





The CR 231 old bridge. We went back on Route UU to the CR 231 old bridge









BNSF 4116 East at the CR 231 old bridge. We took Route UU back to Bosworth then took Route M to Missouri Highway 11 to Route E to Route JJ to Kansas Road into Marceline.







BNSF 7556 West at Marceline. Here we got a text telling us that the CNW Heritage Engine CNW 1995 was on the point of a westbound coming into Fort Madison. We would set up someplace to get pictures of it.







BNSF 7487 West. From Marceline we went out on Missouri Highway 5 to US 36 east to Missouri Highway 129 to Newton Road which turns into Apple Street to Anchor Ave to Archer Street to Route VV to the bridge there and the rain started.









BNSF 4018 West at the Route VV bridge.





The view of the rain at the Route VV bridge.









BNSF 7393 West at the Route VV bridge. From here we went via Bison to Bayport Ave to Beaver Street to Missouri Highway 149 to the grade crossing in Ethel.





Ethel, Missouri. From here we wanted to be closer to La Plata we took Route F to Route M to Elmer where we set up for the CNW Heritage Unit 1995.











Union Pacific 1995 West led by the CNW Heritage Unit 1995. From here we returned to La Plata and thanked Bob Cox for letting us know that that the CNW Heritage Unit 1995 was coming west this day. We all returned to the Depot Inn & Suites and I worked on this story in the Pullman Suite and finished it before we went to the Red Rooster for dinner. After that I just relaxed for the evening.



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