After another good night of sleep, I had breakfast then in the Depot Inn & Suites Lobby then learned that the UP Southern Pacific Heritage Unit was on a train at Baring heading our way. We got our cameras then headed out to Santa Fe Lake where the best light of the morning close to the hotel would be.
UP 7668 East at Santa Fe Lake. A few minutes later we saw a headlight from the east.
UP 1996 West at Santa Fe Lake. We went back to the Depot Inn & Suites before I drove Nathan to Kirksville to Enterprise to get our rental van for our trip tomorrow to Rock Island and Train Festival 2011. After that we went out to the Chris Guenzler Million Mile Lookout Point we heard that the Herzog Train and crew would be on the move.
The Herzog Train passed beneath the Chris Guenzler Million Mile Lookout Point. After that we returned to the Depot Inn & Suites to get our coolers and things needed for our last day of our La Plata Railfan Event and headed east out of La Plata this morning. We took US 63 north to Road KK which runs directly into Cranberry Road. I do not recommend this road unless you have a four wheel drive. Our first stop was the old wooden bridge east of Gibbs.
The gang of the old wooden bridge east of Gibbs.
BNSF 7562 West at the old wooden bridge east of Gibbs. From here we continued east on Cranberry Lane then made a left on Grade Lane north to Missouri Highway 6 then east making a right on Clemson Lane south to the grade crossing.
BNSF 7860 West at Clemson Lane.
BNSF 7863 East at Clemson Lane.
BNSF 7588 East at Clemson Lane. We returned to Missouri Highway 6 which we took east to Missouri Highway 15 which we took north to the bridge over the BNSF mainline.
We had a red over green signal but that signal was taken down. We stayed on Missouri Highway 15 before making a right onto Route K which took us through Baring to where it turned into Route M which we took north through Rutledge. After Rutledge we turned east on Route A which took us to South Gorin. We turned east onto Route U which took us out to Sycamore Lane to our next wooden bridge.
The view of the old wooden bridge on Sycamore Lane.
Our group ready for the next train which was approaching.
BNSF 5031 East at Sycamore Lane.
Amtrak's Southwest Chief at Sycamore Lane. From here we went into Wyaconda where we had lunch in a bar there. After lunch we parked across the tracks in the shade to wait on a train.
BNSF 630 West at Wyaconda. From here we started back towards La Plata.
The same train BNSF 630 West at South Gorin. We continued west.
BNSF 7529 West at the Route A Bridge outside of Rutledge. From here we made it back to the Missouri Highway 6 Bridge over the BNSF mainline.
BNSF 5127 East at the Missouri Highway 6 Bridge.
Everyone is ready for our last train here.
BNSF 1077 East at the Missouri Highway 6 Bridge. From here we headed straight back to the Depot Inn & Suites. There we picked up Bob Alkire and took him out to the Chris Guenzler Million Mile Lookout Point where Elizabeth was waiting for us.
BNSF 5460 West was our train at the Chris Guenzler Million Mile Lookout Point. After that we returned to the Depot Inn & Suites for a shower before we all headed over to the Red Rooster for dinner. After dinner we went out to Gibbs to try to catch the Southwest Chief in the last light of day.
A westbound BNSF freight came first. The North Track signal changed to green.
Amtrak Southwest Chief with Amtrak Heritage Unit 184 trailing and three private cars running an hour late at the Century Lane in Gibbs.
The Crossbucks caught my eye. We returned to the Depot Inn and Suites. Tonight we watched the Railfans Chasing Trains Movie before I gave a preview of Rock Island on a DVD I own. I returned to my Pullman Suite where I wrote this story and then called it a night. As you can tell, our La Plata Railfan Event was a major success for those who came.
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