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La Plata Railfan Event Day 1 4/2/2016



by Chris Guenzler



I got up, grabbed breakfast then took it back to my room. I learned that the Southwest Chief was late so I had a Pittsburgh Penguins game to listen to at noon. No one showed up yet for the La Plata Railfan Event so I would be on my own for at least today. I know John Green and friend will be here tomorrow night. So I can do whatever I want to do today. I will drive out to Route Z and take a hike to get pictures this morning. It was 32 degrees when I left La Plata and found a strong cold northwest wind blowing. This would be a new location for my photography.





The eastbound signal bridge at Hart at County Road Z.





Two views of the westbound signal bridge at Hart at County Road Z.





I have a green westbound signal meaning a train is in the block. I heard this train blow for the road in Ethel.









Union Pacific 5418 West at the westbound signal bridge at Hart at County Road Z.







BNSF 7896 East at the westbound signal bridge at Hart at County Road Z.









BNSF 6129 West at the westbound signal bridge at Hart at County Road Z. From here I drove over to Lisbon Road just east of Marceline. I looked east down the track and had a westbound coming. I parked off of a side road then made a run for it.







BNSF 8267 West at the signal bridge just west of Lisbon Road MP 344.59. From here I drove to West Marceline finding my westbound BNSF train I had photographed at Hart waiting on a green.







BNSF 6129 west again this time at West Marceline also known as Long Branch Road grade crossing. From here I drove back to Lisbon Road.









BNSF 7655 East at Lisbon Road MP 344.59. From here I headed back to the Depot Inn & Suites. In Room V, I listened to the Pittsburgh Penguins vs the New York Islanders. Kris Letang had an assist his 62nd point of the season in the 5-0 Penguins win. I then went out east and found the County Road 42 grade crossing east of Baring and a new photo location for me. I parked and soon the crossing gates went down.

















BNSF 8532 East was a military equipment train rolling east County Road 42 MP 287.18.













BNSF 7468 West County Road 42 MP 287.18.







BNSF 7549 East at County Road 42 MP 287.18. I started heading back to La Plata. I gassed up the rental car in Edina then drove back to the Depot Inn & Suites. Tom Anderson came by and we went to Kirksville to Ruby Tuesdays for dinner. We had dinner then we returned to the Depot Inn & Suites. Tom showed me the vineyards before we parted company. I wrote the rest of this story, then called it a night.



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