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La Plata pre Spring Railfan Event4/4/2015



by Chris Guenzler

I woke up and had my breakfast in the lobby of the Depot Inn & Suites, I went to the rental car and gassed it up at Casey's and with the change brought a 12 pack of Coca-Cola I drove out to the Chris Guenzler Million Mile Lookout Point on a breezy 26 degree morning.





The first train was BNSF 7906 East. I would only shot eastbound train as the westbounds were coming out of the sun.





Next was BNSF 6863 East.





That was followed by BNSF 7931 East.





BNSF 4172 East came next.





Next was BNSF 7526 East.





That was followed by BNSF 7655 East.





Union Pacific 8090 East was my last train. Total trains for the morning at the Chris Guenzler Million Mile Lookout Point was 7 eastbounds and 6 westbounds. Not a bad morning at all.





The new vineyards behind the Depot Inn & Suites in La Plata. I returned to the Depot Inn & Suites and met Jim Choiniere here for the La Plata Spring Railfan Event 2015 and we decided to go out today. Amtrak wouldn't arrive until 12:26 PM so I had an idea that Jim agreed to and twenty minutes later, we started off. We took MO Highway 156 west to MO Highway 3 to US Highway 36 to MO Highway 129 to Meadow Road and the old Santa Fe signal bridge.





The old Santa Fe signal bridge just west of Bucklin.









BNSF 6999 East at the old Santa Fe signal bridge just west of Bucklin.







The Amtrak Southwest Chief Train 4 at the old Santa Fe signal bridge just west of Bucklin. From here we went back to US Highway 36 to MO Highway 5 south to US Highway 24 west to the bridge over the BNSF mainline where I saw a headlight coming our way.







BNSF 5012 East just east of Carrollton. We then took US Highway 65 south to US Highway 24 west to MO highway 224 into Lexington.





The old CB&Q Lexington Station now part of the Lexington Water Works. We continued west on MO Highway 224 to Wellington where we made another stop.





Union Pacific caboose 25612 in Wellington. We took MO Highway 224 west back to US Highway 24 into Buckner, our next stop.





Mopac caboose 11078 in Buckner.





Beside the caboose, Buckner also has a Mopac station.





The Buckner Mopac station. We stopped at Sonic for lunch which we got to go. We then went north to Sibley and parked near the Missouri River Bridge.





The old Santa Fe Railroad Bridge at Sibley which has cameras so stay off the tracks. The second span in the middle is where I passed my One Millionth Rail Mile back on April 27th, 2007. We ate our lunch here.









Union Pacific 8242 East at Sibley. From here we drove back into Sibley.





The old Santa Fe Railroad station at Sibley. From here we drove over to the old road bridge in Sibley.





The old road bridge in Sibley.









BNSF 8199 East at the old road bridge in Sibley. From here we went back to US Highway 24 west to MO Highway 291 to MO Highway 210 East and went into Camden for a look. We took Route H east and found a Union Pacific train stopped but soon it started up.





Union Pacific 7954 west just west of Henrietta.





Union Pacific Areo Wedge. We went into Henrietta.





The Hennerita Santa Fe station. We were leaving Henrietta when I spotted something so we stopped.





Missouri City passenger station originally built by the Wabash is in Henrietta.







Union Pacific 7963 west on a Norfolk Southern Triple Crown train at 84th Street. We made our way back to MO Highway 10 through Norborne where I saw a headlight coming and I turned into the first road east of town.









Norfolk Southern 2681 West just east of Norborne. From here we took MO Highway 10 east to US Highway 65 north to Route UU east to Route W east to MO Highway 11 into Brookfield to pick up dinner at Subway to take back to the Depot Inn & Suites. We returned to La Plata the same way we came out this morning and gassed up the rental car with gas three cents higher than this morning. We returned to the Depot Inn & Suites where I wrote this before taking a shower and calling it a night.



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