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La Plata Spring 2014 Railfan Event Day 2 April 7,2014



by Chris Guenzler



I got up at 6:15 AM and after getting some breakfast I worked on yesterday's story before I met John and Christy in the lobby. We headed out of La Plata on Missouri Highway 156 to Missouri Highway 3 to Route J and at Elmer we found a train slowly coming our way.





BNSF 6831 East at Elmer. From here we took Route J to Route F to Missouri Highway 149 to Beaver Street then a left on Bayport Avenue to the new second bridge west of Ethel. This bridge has fencing on it which someone had already cut out a porthole.





Christy and John on the new bridge west of Ethel at Bayport Avenue.











Union Pacific 8108 East at the Bayport Avenue Bridge. From here we went south on Bayport Avenue, a left on Bison Street to Route VV to the third bridge west of Ethel.









BNSF Ferromex 4696 at the third bridge west of Ethel.









Amtrak's Southwest Chief Train 4 at the third bridge west of Ethel. From here we took Route VV to Route Z and we went to Anchor Ave which was closed to we went back to the Route Z grade crossing.









BNSF 1043 West to Route Z.





BNSF 4458 East at Route Z.





One last view of BNSF 1043 West. From here we took Route Z to Bugle Ave to Apple Street to Newton Road to Missouri Highway 129 to Meadow Road.





The Santa Fe signal bridge at Meadow Road.







BNSF 8108 West at Meadow Road. We went back to Missouri Highway 129 to US Highway 36 to Monaco Drive to the Lisbon Road grade crossing.









BNSF 4599 East at the Lisbon Road grade crossing. From here we went to the Casey Gas Station in Marceline. then returned to the first bridge west of Ethel.





My group on the first bridge west of Ethel.











BNSF 4752 West with CP Rail leased power at the first bridge west of Ethel.













BNSF 6554 West at the first bridge west of Ethel. From here we headed back to La Plata.







BNSF 9060 West at La Plata. We next visited Shivam along with Bob and Amy Cox at Train Party before returning to the Depot Inn & Suites.

I finished the last story then found out we had another member of our group who arrived last night. I met Gary Lutes in the lobby and offered to take him and Winston out to see some trains. Maria told me to take the van to make it easier on Winston so we did. I took them first to Santa Fe Lake, then the bell at the crossing on Archer Lane then out to the old bridge west of Gibbs where we had a train in sight to the east.







BNSF 5821 West at the old bridge west of Gibbs.







BNSF 4392 East at the old bridge west of Gibbs.









BNSF 7016 East at the old bridge east of Gibbs.









Union Pacific 6015 at the old bridge east of Gibbs in a light rain. We returned to the Depot Inn & Suites. At 5:30 PM Winston, Christy, John and I went to Kirksville to Ruby Tuesdays where I had an excellent steak. We returned to the Depot Inn & Suites and I finished the story of what we did today. I took a sauna bath before calling it a night.



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