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Going to the NRHS 2014 Convention Day 3 June 8, 2014

Emporia, Kansas to Neosho, Missouri

by Chris Guenzler

I woke up at the Budget Host Inn in Emporia and put the last story up on After I packed, I checked out and drove to McDonald's, getting hot cakes and sausage and juice which cost me $2.10 more than it did in Woodward, Oklahoma. I wish McDonald's would have standardized pricing. After that, I then drove to Melvern, Kansas to the railroad park there.

The railroad park sign in Melvern, Kansas.

Union Pacific caboose 25836 on display at a Santa Fe site.

The limited view from the photography vantage point at this location.

BNSF 6973 west.

Another view of the Union Pacific caboose. After that, I moved to the Kansas 31 highway bridge over the BNSF mainline. Once I got there, I saw a headlight coming at me from the west.

The view from the Kansas 31 highway bridge.

BNSF 4063 east. The next trains were both coming at the same time. It was a race to see who would get there first. My head kept turning like it was on a swivel to work out if there was any way I could get both trains. Unfortunately, the westbound with the more interesting motive power came first, thus I did not get a good picture of the eastbound train.

BNSF 7363 west meets the unknown BNSF eastbound train. After those two trains, I moved to the pedestrian bridge to the east of the railroad park.

BNSF 8235 west from the pedestrian bridge.

BNSF 2662 east at the pedestrian bridge. After getting my early morning fill of trains, I returned to my rental car and drove to Ottawa. At the Love's gas station, I gassed up the car and then I drove to the Ottawa Santa Fe station.

Ottawa Santa Fe station.

Santa Fe caboose unknown number. A few minutes later, Bob and Elizabeth arrived and were met by their friends Dorothy Straney and Joel. After they had a brief and nice visit, we departed Ottawa and headed south down US 59 to Garnett, our first stop of the morning.

Santa Fe caboose 999058.

Santa Fe Garnett station. From here, we took US 169 South following the old Santa Fe right-of-way in places to our next stop in Chanute. We arrived at the station and were all amazed by the magnitude of the station building.

Santa Fe Chanute station.

Two views of the train on display in Chanute.

The 1936 Davenport 30 tonner.

Santa Fe caboose number 999521. We then went south to Santa Fe Park to our next destination.

Santa Fe 2-8-0 762. After that, we headed back to US 169, taking that south toward Coffeyville. On the way there, we had to make a couple of unscheduled stop for a few unique trains.

South Kansas and Oklahoma (SKOL) 4154 was sitting on the line going toward Iola. We got back on the highway and at the next crossing, we found another train.

SKOL 4148 was sitting on the Winfield line.

SKOL SD40-2 4148. From here we drove to our next location of Walter Johnson Park in Coffeyville.

Santa Fe 2-6-2 1079. Whoever painted it used a 2 and turned it upside down to make a 7. From here we drove back north to Cherryvale and our next railroad location.

Santa Fe Cherryvale station.

SKOL GP38-2 3831.

SKOL SD40-2 4036.

SKOL GP7 7004.

The Whitcomb switcher at the museum in Cherryvale.

In a backyard in Cherryvale, Bob spotted a MKT caboose hidden away from public view.

SKOL Railroad scenes.

We found a trolley mural in Cherryvale.

The passenger car RPCX 0306 at Cherryvale. From here, we drove to Parsons where stopped at Subway to pick up lunch to go before we went to the Iron Horse Museum where we ate our sandwiches.

MKT S-12 14.

A crane and support car.

Missouri Pacific 14240 "workout car".

MKT caboose 61.

An MKT state line marker.

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