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MY FAVORITE PLACES TO WATCH TRAINS
MY FAVORITE PLACES TO WATCH TRAINS
  LAST UPDATED IN JANUARY 2004
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There are many places to watch trains and photograph trains. This place will help guide you to a wonderful spot in the areas listed below. For more details on these locations or other locations I don't have listed go to RAILFAN LOCATIONS or Railfans' Help Desk.
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KANSAS RAILROADS SITES LOCATIONS FREQUENCIES
EMPORIA

 

BNSF EMPORIA SUBDIVISION

60+ trains daily
Railfan hangout. Old depot site [depot burned down by arsonist]
yard office to the west of depot at Rural street.  Friendly employees there. 
City of Emporia  Hotels
3rd and Neosho streets. Go south on Neosho st from 6th ave (highway 50).

Lat  N38 24.110' Lon W96 11.186'

160.650 (AAR 36)
Emporia subdivision

161.145 (AAR 69)
Topeka Subdivision

160.935 (AAR 55)
La Junta Sub west of Ellinor
Plenty of restuarants including El Pelenque Mexican cafe in the 300 block of Commercial st near the tracks. And Wendys at 6th ave and West street, which is down the road from the yard office.  Conoco gas station is also at 6th and Neosho. PBX 160.425

PBX 160.335

161.370 CH84
Emporia yard

Matfield Green area BNSF Emporia subdivision
60+ trains daily
The most beautiful place to watch BNSF in KS, there are lots of hills. Plenty of accessiblity on railroad access roads, but use caution and common sense.  along K177 highway about 20-30 miles south of Strong City between railroad mileposts 138-150.  MAP1   MAP2 160.650 (AAR 36)

PBX 160.425

Workers seem to allow railfans to photograph up here on the property.  Farmers possibly allow railfanning on hilltops near the tracks.  People I know and I included never had any problems around here.
Alta Vista Union Pacific (formerly Southern Pacific and CRI&P) Herington subdivision
20 trains daily Trains run in bunches, many hours of nothing
One lane wooden bridge.  Scenic location, nearby signal lights, alerts approaching trains less then a minute away.  Sheriffe may ask what you are doing, but will allow you to stay there. Ave A 1/2 mile east of St Rt 77
Lat  N38 51.759' Lon W96 29.669'

 

161.550 (AAR 96) 
Topeka Union Pacific Kansas City subdivision 40+ trains daily,
Salina sub light traffic unknown #s,
Herington sub light traffic up to 20 trains daily
Restoration in progress on UP depot.  Places to park along the tracks there.  Be carefull because of the homeless people in the area.  Old SP Herington sub connects to the UP KC sub at the depot.  Good photo shots available of the Herington sub at the nearby Ks river bridge.  The yard office is several blocks west of the depot and a public road for taking pictures of the locomotives sitting around. TOPEKA HOTELS [North Topeka] Go one block west of Quincy to Kansas Ave and south to the tracks.  If approaching from the bridge from the south hang a left at Laurent st and another on KS ave. MAP 160.515 (AAR 27) Kansas City subdivision

160.740 (AAR 42)
Salina Subdivision

161.550 (AAR 96)
Herington subdivision
Topeka Union Pacific Kansas City subdivision 40+ trains daily Gordon Street is the railfan hangout.  Park in the gravel area a safe distance from the tracks.  It is on railroad property but no problems parking there.  There is a small restaurant/bar for restrooms and food.  although you have to walk across the tracks because the road no longer goes across the tracks.  Go east from Quincy st on Gordon till you reach the tracks.

MAP for Gordon Street

160.515 (AAR 27)
Kansas City subdivision

160.740 (AAR 42)
Salina Subdivision

161.550 (AAR 96)
Herington subdivision

Topeka BNSF Topeka subdivision
4-6 trains daily
Amtrak depot and train yard.  Do stay off the tracks.  locomotive and car shopes north of the Amtrak depot. Wide View Map of Topeka 161.145 (AAR 69)
Topeka subdivision
Lawrence UP Kansas City subdivision 40+ trains daily Trainwatching is possible from many public locations.  The restored UP depot belongs to the city.   There is also roads and a levee to bike ride on and watch trains at Riverfront Park   HOTELS Depot: 3rd st & Locust
Riverfront Park: 1800 road across from highway 40
MAP
160.515 (AAR 27)
UP Kansas City Subdivision
Kansas City Area RAILROADS SITES LOCATIONS FREQUENCIES
Parkville, MO BNSF St. Joseph sub has about 20-40 trains daily There is a nice S curve and a small station that is being renovated into a City Hall.  The scenery is great. There is a park with sidewalks and benches between the tracks and the river, for 2miles.  Parkville 5-10 miles northwest of KC

take Highway 9 west from I635 North of the KS river.

BNSF 161.160
Birmingham, MO IMRL/UP, NS/BNSF jointly operated tracks that cross each other.  20+ trains daily?  More info needed BNSF and NS tracks are shared through here with seperate radio channels for both.  They cross the former Soo Line and CNW tracks, now IMRL and UP.

Busy area and now some scenery is gone as a industrial/ autorack yard was built off the NS tracks where NS and UP transfer jobs switch cars out of.

Stay off the tracks, rr cops are strict here. NS crews calls tresspassers in.

5 miles northeast of KC, take 210 highway east of I435 to North Arlington Road to the area.

MAP

IMRL 160.770

NS 160.440

BNSF 161.385

LENEXA, KS BNSF Emporia subdivision 60+ trains daily Craig Crossing Park has paved trails for bicycling, etc that just happens to be pararell to the tracks.  Nice scenery and restrooms at a public place.
Lenexa Parks
91st St at Woodland Rd

MAP

BNSF EMPORIA SUBDIVISION CH36 160.650
LENEXA, KS BNSF Fort Scott Subdivision, 20 trains daily, some UP trackage rights trains The depot on the BNSF Fort Scott sub park on the north or south side of the tracks. Take 95th go north on Fplumm St until you reach the tracks. Or from 87th from the north. MAP BNSF Fort Scott sub.CH39 160.695
 

MO RAILROADS SITES LOCATIONS FREQUENCIES
NEOSHO KCS PITTSBURG SUB, 20 TRAINS DAILY;  BNSF CHEROKEE SUB,UNKNOWN #S OF TRAINS Neosho MO is a scenic spot with lodging and restuarants, small town with plenty of food places.  The KCS hotbox detector is at the south end of the town.  KCS goes by slow, but BNSF action is fast.  Some slow spells then several trains in a row. 
NeoshoCity  Hotel Guides
Baxter and Broadway streets is a great location for KCS, quiet neighborhood.  BNSF tracks just a few blocks to the west, go to I think it's, Jefferson st further north, there is a park there as well.
MAP1, MAP2
KCS PITTSBURG SUB CH10 DISPATCHER TO TRAIN 160.260/ CH16 TRAIN TO DISPATCHER 160.350

BNSF CHEROKEE SUB CH

TIPTON FORD KCS PITTSBURG SUB, 20 TRAINS DAILY There is a Bar and Grill near the tracks and also a campground south of the tracks, within 1/4 mile with view of the KCS mainline. There is a KCS hotbox detector several miles south of the location, indicating a northbound train.   This is more of a landmark rather than a town. Get off Highway 71 bus route onto road W and go north to the tracks. Tipton Ford is between Joplin and Neosho, MO   MAP KCS PITTSBURG SUB CH10 DISPATCHER TO TRAIN 160.260/ CH16 TRAIN TO DISPATCHER 160.350




 
TERRE HAUTE, INDIANA:
*  My most favorite is Terre Haute, IN
at Haley Tower where Conrail crosses the CSX.  The CR is the ST. Louis line, CP runs on CSX past the tower.  The tower has been in operation since 1926.  This is a neat place to see trains.  The tower is now a museum moved a short ways from the tracks, and the switch crossing interlocking is now crossover switches.  Conrail is now CSX.
Radio Frequencies:
161.070 CSX ( formerly CONRAIL) St. Louis Line
161.370/161.520 CSX CE&D sub.



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