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Columbia Star Dinner Train 3/31/2012



by Chris Guenzler



I wrote about the second ever trip of this train last July but since Winston and Christy Walker wanted to ride it, I was only too happy to ride it again. We left the Depot Inn and Suites at 4 PM to give us plenty of time to drive south to Columbia via Centraila. We pulled into the parking lot and the security guard came out, gave us our tickets and then told us we were free to take all the pictures we wanted and the train would be boarding at 6:30 PM. I started my picture taking.





Columbia Star Dinner Train F7A 1951.





The Nose of the Columbia Star Dinner Train F7A 1951.





The Columbia Star Dinner Train.





Two more views of the Columbia Star Dinner Train F7A 1951.





One more view of the Columbia Star Dinner Train.





The Columbia Star Dinner Train Table Car 300.





The Columbia Star Dinner Train Table Car 400.





The Columbia Star Dinner Train Kitchen 200.





The Columbia Star Dinner Train Table Car 100.





The Columbia Star Dinner Train Table Car 500.





The articulated trucks on one of the table cars.





Colt Railroad GP-9 2001.





The Columbia Star Dinner Train F7A 1950 and Colt Railroad GP-9 2001.





The Columbia Star Dinner Train F7A 1950.





Our happy group of Columbia Star Dinner Train riders for tonight's trip which were Theodore Vincent Picraux, Pam Picraux, Michael Lee Strong, Winston Walker, Christy Walker and myself. At 6:30 PM we boarded the Columbia Star Dinner Train. I was seated with Theodore, Pam and Michael.





The trip started with the Columbia Star Dinner Train heading out onto the mainline by crossing Brown Station Road.





Leaving Columbia we went by some of the homes along our route.





We were soon out into the Missouri countryside.





Down towards the end of the road.





The train ran through Browns Station.





The sun was in the process of setting on a very warm Spring day.





The views of the guests inside our Dining Car.





The train crossed another road along our route.





A water tower along our route.





First we enjoyed a Salmon Cake.





We got to see the sunset briefly.





Still presunset tonight.





We have reached sunset.





We are now in twilight.





Next our table was given a shrimp cocktail as a special treat.





Rolls were served next.





The train was rolling through Hallsville.





Burro Cranes.





Salads were served next.





Twilight aboard the Columbia Star Dinner Train





The floodlights on the cars started to take effect. The train reached the turn back location. Next the main courses were served. I had an excellent Prime Rib with a baked potato. Good conversations were had at our table during the evening. Dessert was a piece of lemon short cake. We settled our bills but all too soon the train pulled back into Columbia and we detrained from the Columbia Star Dinner Train. We left Columbia and drove straight back to La Plata arriving there at 11:07 PM ending a very good first day back in La Plata.



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