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La Plata and the trip home



by Chris Guenzler



7/24/2013 I got up and after having breakfast in the Pullman Suite, I did a few things on-line before I loaded the rental car and headed out. My first stop of the day would be the old bridge just west of Ruteledge. I parked the car and took a Coca-Cola with me out onto the bridge. I called Chris Parker and we discussed a few matters when from the east I heard a train horn. I ended the call and got myself ready.





All was quiet from the west.





The silence was broken in the east.









BNSF 4865 West on an auto train.









UP 5311 West on a stack train.









BNSF 7103 West on an intermodal train.









Amtrak's Southwest Chief Train 4 heading to Chicago. From here I drove to a new photo location for me at Powell Road.







UP 7356 West with a stack train.









BNSF 643 West with a general manifest train.









BNSF 7440 East with a stack train.











BNSF 7242 West with a stack train. From here I drove to the old bridge on Road 119 and set up for pictures.











BNSF 5126 West with a general manifest train. From here I returned to La Plata, gassed up my rental car and then drove to the Chris Guenzler Million Mile Lookout Point.

Help Save the Chris Guenzler Million Mile Lookout Point

I went to the lookout point and saw the water damage to the walls.









As you can see we need to replace these walls and add some insulation and new inside walls. I have donated $ 50 to this cause myself. If you would like to help with this project, please go to the link below.

Click here to help pay for repairs.

Even with the water damage like these below can still be had from here.









BNSF 4420 East came by the Chris Guenzler Million Lookout Point in La Plata, Missouri.





My favorite path in the whole wide world. I returned to the Pullman Suite where I worked on stories before driving to Wing Thing in Kirksville to pick up dinner. I then worked on stories the rest of the night.



Click here for Part 2 of this story!