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NRHS 2014 Convention Arkansas & Missouri Railroad - Springdale to Monett Round-trip 6/14/2014

by Chris Guenzler

My morning started by putting the corrections in my last story. I went to upload it and my Chris Trip page was gone for the usual folder I use. I did a search and found it I thought but it was a July 2013 version. Panicked, I went to then to the Featured Stories and started to add stories back to the present. I finished and then checked out. Now running late I did the Drive Thru at McDonalds and took it to the train station and ate it during our Safety Meeting. I walked out to the boarding spot saying "Good Morning" to all my passengers before the train was spotted for loading. After we got everyone onboard. I did my Safety Talk and then took the tickets to Bart Jennings. I had an electric plug hanging behind my seat so I plug in and worked on the Garden and Banquet story. The train left Springdale on time and I was busy working.

In Rogers they have a Frisco Covered station.

Frisco caboose 1011 is also at Rogers. From here we ran north towards Monett. On the way there it was announced that we would do a Photo Runby of an A&M grain train at Exeter if we got there first and had to go into the siding. Near Exeter I went to my door.

While we were waiting for the switch to be thrown at Exeter, I clicked this picture off. We then unloaded the train and everyone walked to the south side of the road crossing. I got into the Photo Line at the road crossing.

Our train backed across the road to clear the grade crossing.

The Photo Line I was in.

The waiting scene at Exeter.

The A&M Grain Train Photo Runby.

The back up move of our train.

Photo Runby of our train. We reboarded the entire train at my two doors of cars 105 and 106. We headed to Monett. Once I got to Purdy, I was on new rail mileage into Monett.

Scenes on the way to Monett.

The northwest leg of the wye at Monett.

Monet scene.

We had reached the yard along the BNSF mainline in Monett.

Looking out the south side of our train. Our engines ran around the train here before we started back.

Grain elevator in Monett.

View of Monett.

Two views of the old station platforms where I had shot that BNSF train on Monday on this trip. I went to get a T shirt and A&M hat but could not get back to my car because a lady had taken a fall. The EMT took care of her and I called Lets Talk Trains late because of all that. Time can get away from you on a trip like this.

The pond by the road where the train was stopped. We ran straight back to Springdale arriving there on time. We unloaded the train and then I returned my NRHS radio and safety vest to Sarah Jennings in ther Dome Car. I walked to my car and prepared to drive to Tulsa. I would like to thank the A&M Railroad and Brenda Rouse and her entire crew. Bart and Sarah Jennings, Greg Molley, Steve Miller and our entire NRHS crews for all their help in making this another excellent NRHS convention.