On this edition of Shuttletrain’s Wanderings, TrainDog AJ, Mrs. Shuttletrain and I travelled across the Mighty Missouri River for a look at the old Kansas, Texas, Missouri railway line that is now abandoned of trains, but saved as the first full scale Rails-To-Trails project in Missouri.
The first picture is looking west from the trailhead, where the town of Marthasville and a group of regular non-railfan citizens restored the only surviving station of it’s type left.
A shot looking east from Marthasville…
Next, we headed west to Treloar, Missouri. The town still has a Mercantile.
A look west then east.
A closer look at a bridge that crosses a ditch.
We moved on to McKittrick, Missouri. Here are some pictures of two residences that are still painted in the color the railroad painted them.
The town’s mill still stands.
Just west of the trail head are a couple of interesting features of the old KATY and the new KATY. The one on the left is the tunnel under Missouri State Route 19. The right is the bridge over Loutre River.
Let’s take a closer look at the bridge. Starting with a builder’s plate.
Mrs. Shuttletrain and TrainDog AJ pose at the bridge.
At the trailhead, there are display boards of some of sites further east, that are not accessible by car.
The board also shows why the towns are named the way they are.
We crossed back over the Missouri, into the Missouri Pacific (Union Pacific) town of Hermann, where we had lunch between the tracks and the river in the riverfront park. Then headed back to Washington, Missouri only to find a Tractor Parade, where over 100 tractors got to parade around the streets of Washington and head to Union, Missouri.
That bring us to the end of the line for this edition of Shuttletrain’s Wanderings.