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The Trip Home from the NRHS Convention with a stop in La Plata and my 1,350,000 Rail Mile Part 2



by Chris Guenzler

6/28/2012 I was up early at 6:00 AM and after another light breakfast and checking the Internet before I headed out to the rental car. I took Missouri Highway 156 west to Missouri Highway 3 to US Highway 36 which I took west to Brookfield and gassed up the rental car. I took Missouri Highway 11 to the bridge over the BNSF mainline and parked off the bridge on the southeast access road. I walked out onto the bridge.





The views from the bridge.









Union Pacific 7411 West at the Missouri Highway 11 Bridge.







Union Pacific 4146 West at the Missouri Highway 11 Bridge.





I saw the headlight of the next train as the bird flew into my picture.









BNSF 6726 East with CN 8890 at the Missouri Highway 11 Bridge. I went back north on Missouri Highway 11 and took Route E through Rothville to the crossing of the BNSF mainline and parked.





The views from the Route E grade crossing.





The crossing signal box here at the Route E grade crossing.









BNSF 7288 East at the Route E grade crossing. I went east of Route E then made a left on Route JJ that I took into Marceline and visited the Dollar General. I then stopped for a picture in Marceline.





The old Santa Fe Signal Bridge in Marceline. From here I would return to La Plata via the bridge route I took last summer during the La Plata Railfan Event. I drove over Bridge 4 then made it to Bridge 3 where I set up for pictures.








BNSF 5474 West at the 3rd Bridge west of Ethel. From here I drove to the 2nd Bridge west of Ethel.





Me and my shadow at the 2nd Bridge west of Ethel.









BNSF 4597 East at the 2nd Bridge west of Ethel. I drove over to the 1st Bridge west of Ethel and got there just as a westbound was going by.



The rear end of the unknown BNSF westbound at the 1st Bridge west of Ethel.



With red Signals at West Ethel, I returned to La Plata and relaxed for just a few minutes. I went over to Trainparty.com and visited with Bob Cox as we waited for the Southwest Chief to arrive into La Plata at 2:11 PM.





The Southwest Chief arrived into La Plata today.





Amtrak P42DC 87.





Amtrak P42DC 45.





Amtrak P32-8 (8-32BWH) 510.





Amtrak Pacific Surfliner F59PHI 461. The Amtrak 510 and 461 are along for positive train control testing.





The train pulled to a stop and did the station work at La Plata.





The train with the Chris Guenzler Million Mile Lookout Point behind the engines.







The Southwest Chief left La Plata for Chicago running over 3 hours late. I returned to the Depot Inn & Suites and went into the pool. I then wrote today's story before relaxing. At 5:15 PM Bob Cox picked me up and we went to Walmart and then Colton's Steakhouse in Kirksville where I had a 12 ounce Sirloin. Bob took me back to the Depot Inn & Suites and I got the keys to the Golf Cart and headed out to the Chris Guenzler Million Mile Lookout Point.





My favorite path in the whole wide world!





The half moon was out this evening in the southern sky.





A quiet La Plata at this moment.





Conner and his Grandma came out tonight.





The Southwest Chief came into La Plata.





Conner and Grandma wave at the train.





The train pulled into the station at La Plata and I return to the Depot Inn & Suites for my last night in La Plata.



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