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Moberly Historic Railway Museum and Rothwell Park Magic City Line Miniature Railroad 7/16/2011

by Chris Guenzler

I got up and checked Amtrak Train Status and learned that the Southwest Chief was over 4 hours late. That screwed up our plans badly. You see that Gene got on that train at Flagstaff and Nathan joined him in Kansas City. That meant no Let's Talk Train from the Chris Guenzler Million Mile Lookout Point. They were due in at this point at 1:14 PM but late trains tend to get later. My new plan was to use my phone card to do the show from the Pullman Suite. So I ate breakfast then drove to Walmart in Kirksville to get a new card reader for my computer. That solved the picture problem, so I returned to the Depot Inn & Suite and got the pictures into the computer then started writing the first story. That was until it was time to do the Let's Talk Trains which was a lot of fun. It became will the Southwest Chief get to La Plata before the show ends. They made it with Gene getting a perfect spot to get off and Nathan just getting a good spot. The show ended and I changed clothes for this event. As soon as I got done there was Nathan and Gene and it was good to see them both in La Plata at last. Once they put their luggage in their suites, we started our trip which would end up at the Columbia Star Dinner Train. We drove down to Moberly where we would be making two stops.

Moberly Historic Railway Museum

Milwaukee Road Pullman Business Car GTLX 100

The Milwaukee Road Heritage is well shown on this car. Now we will take a look inside this new car this group got very recently

What a beautiful passenger car this is. Now we will see what else they have on their property.

These pieces of equipment were here on my last visit.

Wabash Caboose 2722 has been repainted from my last visit.

The inside of Wabash Caboose 2722.

An old crossing shanty that once served Moberly.

Now we headed into the old Railway Express Building that houses the unique collection of the Wabash Railroad. When we entered I was greeted by the Mayor of Moberly plus all the museum volunteers and the volunteers of the Magic City Line Railroad.

I shot the Norfolk Western 1776 in Roanoke at the Virginia Transportation Museum there.

They have this model of a Wabash Steam Engine.

Views inside the museum.

Wabash Railroad Telephone Board.

Railroad pictures on the wall.

Marker lights.

CTC Boards.

More display cases.

Wood carved train.

Another display train.

Diesels of the Wabash Railroad.


More views of this unique collection.

Station Master Desk.

Another railroad display.

A Wabash Station Heater.

One final Wabash Display.

With one last picture of the Moberly Railway Museum I walked out to get the van and then picked Nathan and Gene up and we followed one of our hosts out to the Rothwell Park where the "Magic City Line Railroad" is located our next stop.

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