Facebook Page

A Stay at the Depot Inn and Suites 8/22/2022

by Chris Guenzler

Elizabeth and I woke up in the Pullman Suite and we had their hotel breakfast then walked out to the Chris Guenzler Million Mile Lookout Point with our computers.

My favorite path in the whole wide world.

We arrived at the Chris Guenzler Million Mile Lookout Point and set up our laptops but had to use Elizabeth's mobile phone hotspot as the hotel's Internet did not reach here.

The first train snuck up on us but I was able to capture Ferromex SD70ACe 4056 built by Electro-Motive Division in 2011. Good friend Maria Snodgrass, former manager of the Depot Inn, drove up from Macon to see us and we caught up on goings on in each of our lives.

BNSF 7444 East came by the lookout point.

The Southwest Chief, Train 4, arrived at La Plata at 10:15 AM and departed a few minutes later.

The Southwest Chief departed for points east along the route to Chicago.

BNSF 4726 West came through La Plata and an eastbound BNSF train came through on track 2 at the same time.

Maria Snodgrass, a very good friend of ours.

The end of both BNSF trains. Maria had business in Macon so she left us.

BNSF 7556 West came through the town.

BNSF 6661 East was our last train at the Chris Guenzler Million Mile Lookout Point. Elizabeth and I then decided to shoot depots south of La Plata.

Bevier and Southern 2-6-0 112 built by Baldwin in 1920. The Bevier & Southern Railroad started life in 1914, when the Missouri & Louisiana Railroad divided, with the Missouri portion of railroad becoming the B&S. It hauled coal on a 9.18 mile line from Binkley, Missouri, to a connection with the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad at Bevier. The line was abandoned in 1982. 112 was donated to the City of Bevier, Missouri, in 1963 having travelled 364,562 miles in service. We continued on to Clifton Hill.

New York Central container 209394 was a surprise.

Wabash Clifton Hill station. From here we drove into Moberly.

Miloma (MILW "Indiana") 16 section sleeper built by Pullman in 1917 sold to Milwaukee Road, rebuilt into a business car, as GTLX 100 "Indiana". It was put on display here in 2011.

Wabash Railroad Moberly baggage building.

Wabash caboose 2722 built by the railroad in 1942. We next drove to Mexico.

Chicago & Alton/Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Mexico station.

Norfolk Southern 7032 is the local power in Mexico. I drove us to Columbia.

Missouri, Kanasas and Texas Columbia station built in 1909 and is currently a restaurant.

Missouri, Kanasas and Texas Columbia station information board.

Wabash Railroad Columbia station built in 1910. Elizabeth drove us to Kirksville and Colton's Steakhouse where we had dinner with my good friend Tom Anderson. We caught up on things while enjoying a excellent meal. Back at the Depot Inn and Suites, Elizabeth proofed my story while I took the golf cart out to the Chris Guenzler Million Mile Lookout Point.

BNSF 7468 East was my last train in La Plata for this visit.

The La Plata water tower. I returned the golf cart and uploaded my story then took a sauna bath, really enjoying the jets. We called it a night after that.