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Silver Rails Rail Fest Day 1 7/17/2011

by Chris Guenzler

My day started with breakfast as I worked on the Columbia Star Dinner Train Story. Later I gassed up the van before driving down to the Amtrak Station where I visited with Bob Cox until the Southwest Chief was nearing La Plata before setting up for a picture.

The Southwest Chief arrived into La Plata. I returned to the Depot Inn & Suites and finished the story before getting all that I had bought at CR Market yesterday and drove out to the Chris Guenzler Million Mile Lookout Point to start the BBQ so it would be ready when our guests would arrive.

BNSF 6267 East was the first train through La Plata after I got out there. I had taken my computer with me to write the Moberly parts of that story while at the BBQ.

BNSF 7591 West came by my photo location next.

UP 4067 East came through La Plata next.

BNSF 4545 West with EMD 9009 in its consist.

BNSF 7807 East.

BNSF 7808 East.

UP 7465 West. We all enjoyed the hot dogs at this event.

BNSF 5204 East.

Our group enjoying the Chris Guenzler Million Mile Lookout Point in La Plata, Missouri.

BNSF 7509 East.

BNSF 734 East. After that we cleaned up and took the perishables back to the Depot Inn & Suites. From there we all went to the Silver Rails Gallery and they got a good tour of it. After that we headed out of town west. With a green signal lined up for an eastbound I took us out to Indiana Place to set up for pictures.

Jim Choiniere at Indiana Place.

Nathan and Gene at Indiana Place.

BNSF 7301 East with CN 2604 as its trailing unit went through the Indiana Place crossing. From here we drove on out to Ethel.

UP 4661 East at Ethel.

BNSF 7874 West. From here we drove over two crossings east and waited. A BNSF Hi-Rail Truck came down the north track and stopped. He couldn't believe we were out photographing trains in this weather. I asked him if any trains were coming? He said a westbound was at Revere and an eastbound was almost to Marceline. We packed up and headed straight to the old wooden bridge near Gibbs for our final set of pictures of this day.

The group on the old wooden bridge near Gibbs.

BNSF 5089 East with NS 8798 as the trailing unit.

BNSF 7417 West at the old wooden bridge west of Gibbs. We returned to the Depot Inn & Suites where we all showered and changed clothes before we went to the Red Rooster for dinner. I had the Smoked Hamburger. After that I drove to the Amtrak Station then waited for Dennis Warwick to arrive on a ten minute late Southwest Chief. I finished up and wrote today's story before calling it a night.