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La Plata 2012 Spring Railfan Event Day 4 4/5/2012



by Chris Guenzler



Nathan, Winston, Christy and I met at 7:30 AM and we took US Highway 63 north to Route F which we took the bridge over the BNSF mainline.





The storm is heading southwest away from us at Gibbs this morning.





The view looking east has power lines in it.





A line of rolled hay at Gibbs.





The 55 Speed Limit has been blown upside down making it look like 22 MPH. With no trains and a very cold strong breeze we left Gibbs. We headed to Route V to Missouri Highway 6 east to Route J which we took north to Missouri Highway 11 to Route P to the bridge over the BNSF mainline. We waited here but the cold wind made us decide to relocate again. We went east on Route P then took a left on Road 119 to the old bridge over the BNSF mainline. With still no trains and tired of the cold we relocated once more. We took Road 119 to MO Highway 11 to Route K to Route M and took a left on Underpass Road, left on Road 19 to Road 49 to the old bridge over the BNSF mainline.











BNSF 6724 East at the Road 49 old bridge west of Rutledge.





Next a track inspector truck came on Track 1.















BNSF 7331 West at the Road 49 old bridge west of Rutledge. From here we went back to Route M to Route A to Route M to Route A to Route W and east of Wyaconda took the first left to the old bridge over the BNSF mainline.







BNSF 7470 West at the old bridge east of Wyaconda.





The old bridge east of Wyaconda. Next the track workers returned to Wyaconda.











The parade of BNSF track worker's equipment.





The view looking north.







The Southwest Chief running over two hours late at the old bridge east of Wyconda. From here we moved to the Sycamore Lane old bridge west of Wyaconda.





The Sycamore Lane old bridge west of Wyaconda.





The view looking north at the Sycamore Lane old bridge west of Wyaconda.









BNSF 5370 West at the Sycamore Lane old bridge west of Wyaconda. From here started to return to La Plata the way we came out.





At Baring we caught the DPU on a BNSF gondola train. We stopped at the Route P bridge but once again no trains so we went straight back to the La Plata. Once there we returned the rental car to Enterprise in Kirksville and Nathan drove us back. At 5:30 PM Winston, Christy and I went to the Red Rooster for Dinner. Later I drove them down to the Amtrak Station and they boarded the Southwest Chief for home almost an hour late. I returned and called it a night.



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