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The Day before the La Plata Spring Railfan Event 4/1/2012



by Chris Guenzler



We got up Sunday morning, had breakfast at the Depot Inn & Suites, before we headed out into the Missouri countryside. We went west out of La Plata on MO Highway 156 then south on MO Highway 3 south to Clifton Hill, our first stop of the day.





The Clifton Hill Wabash Station. From here we went west on US Highway 24 which we went west to Brunswick for our next stop.







The Brunswick Wabash Station. From here we went west to our next stop.





Norfolk Southern DPU's on a grain train at Brunswick.





Norfolk Southern D9-40CW 9327 at Brunswick.





The plant switcher was RCC 1211. From here we took MO Highway 11 north to Mendon and went into town on Road CC.





Here we found this sign. From here we went to the grade crossing in town.







It did not take long and soon the eastbound Southwest Chief headed through Mendon at track speed. We went back south down MO Highway 11 and went west on Route M to Bosworth.





Bosworth Station Sign.





BNSF ES44C4 6956 at Bosworth.





Bosworth, Missouri. From here we took MO Highway 139 to CR 210 going west to CR 231 to an old bridge.











BNSF 6310 West just west of Bosworth.





I took a picture of this bridge. From here we went south on CR 231 to CR 230 to another old bridge over the BNSF mainline. We arrived just as a westbound BNSF train was heading west.





Here is that unknown BNSF westbound train.











BNSF 6795 East at the 2nd old bridge west of Bosworth.





Here is the 2nd old bridge west of Bosworth.







BNSF 7581 East at the 2nd old bridge west of Bosworth.







BNSF 990 West at the 2nd old bridge west of Bosworth. From here we took Route UU stopping back at the 1st old bridge west of Bosworth.









UP 7395 East at the 1st old bridge west of Bosworth. We took CR 231 to CR 210 back to MO Highway 139 back through Bosworth to route M where we made a stop in Triplett





Here we found the former Wabash right of way that once ran from Brunswick to St Joesph. From here we returned to MO Highway 11 and went back to Mendon, crossing the tracks taking Road CC then to Mike Road to the BNSF grade crossing.





This crossing had wig wag crossing signals until a few years ago. From here we continued east down Mike Road.





The view looking east down Mike Road. From here we went back to MO Highway 11 to the bridge over the BNSF mainline.





Two great views but no trains.





Yellow Creek flows into this lake. From here we took MO Highway 11 into Brookfield.





There is a BNSF Caboose in Brookfield.





The CB&Q Station in Brookfield.





The BNSF local power in Brookfield. We stopped at Casey for gas for the rental car. From here we took US Highway 35 to MO Highway 5 which we took into Marceline.





Santa Fe 2-8-0 2546 in Marceline.





Santa Fe Caboose 999471 in Marceline.





BNSF 7220 West at Marceline.





The Santa Fe Station in Marceline. We took a tour of the Disney's Hometown Museum but that will be in another story. From here we headed back to La Plata via the four bridges we shot at last year at the 2011 Summer La Plata Railfan Event.





The 4th old bridge west of Ethel on Anchor Road.





We stopped at all four bridges but caught only one train. We waited there as we had a green eastbound signal.









BNSF 5383 East in Ethel. We headed back to La Plata but made one more stop.





The UP 8245 West across the Chariton River flood plain. Back in La Plata we went to the Red Rooster for dinner where I had a smoked hamburger. I worked on the stories until I drove the van down to the Amtrak Station to pick up David Korkhouse and Donald Sillence who both came in for the La Plata Railfan Spring Event 2012. I gave them a quick La Plata tour and we went out to the Chris Guenzler Million Mile Lookout Point. Once they got checked in at the Depot Inn and Suites and they settled into their rooms, we went out to the Exhibition of Amtrak History and the Model Railroad. After that I returned to the Pullman Suite to finish this story before calling it a night.



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