A La Plata Spring 2014 Railfan Event
to be held in Silver Rails Country,
and at the Depot Inn & Suites,
in La Plata, Missouri, on the route of the Amtrak Southwest Chief
Sunday - Wednesday, April 6 - 9, 2014
No humidity or high temperatures in April!
Chris Guenzler will lead you around Northeast Missouri for great opportunities of train photo shoots.
If you drive to La Plata you can use your car but some roads we will use are graded dirt.
If you fly in or take Amtrak, we will pair you with people who drive.
If you need to have your own rental car, Enterprise will bring it to you at the Depot Inn & Suites
(or you can pick up your car at the Kirksville Regional Airport or the La Plata Amtrak Station).
- Day 1 - April 6 Sunday: All Depots south of La Plata, 19 of them
UP, KCS and NS mainline Bosworth to Marceline
- Day 2 - April 7 Monday: BNSF west of La Plata to Bucklin
- Day 3 - April 8 Tuesday: BNSF mainline east of La Plata to Revere
- Day 4 - April 9 Wednesday: BNSF mainline east of La Plata
No lunch each day but you can bring all the snacks and drinks you want when we are out.
We will have group dinners each night of the event at your own cost.
There will be evening programs to share your pictures, so please bring them.
15% off rooms at the Depot Inn & Suites. Use "Chris Guenzler Spring Railfan Event" to get this discount.
To see the type of pictures you could get, look at the La Plata Railfan Guide at:
This will show you locations that Chris Guenzler will take you to plus some new ones.
Depot Inn & Suites
is providing 15 per cent room discounts to participants who
register in advance by March 15, 2014.
for more information about the railroad themed luxurious Depot Inn & Suites hotel.
There is much to see and do in the surrounding
Silver Rails Country when you are
not busy attending the railfan events, or if you stay beyond the days of the event.
Click here for more information or
click here to have a map of
Silver Rails Country mailed to you.
Free Hotel Shuttle Service
is provided from the La Plata-MO Station on the
route of the Amtrak Southwest Chief, the Ottumwa-IA Station on the
route of the Amtrak California Zephyr, and the Quincy-IL Station on
the route of the Amtrak Illinois Service. Cape Air also provides
daily air shuttle service from St. Louis to Kirksville with connections from
throughout the nation. The hotel also provides free shuttle service
from the airport, just 5 minutes from the hotel.
When you make your hotel reservation please be sure to mention that you will
need free shuttle transportation and from which Amtrak Station or if from
the Kirksville Airport.
Click Map For Driving Directions.
Click Here For Information On Arriving By Train Or Plane
This event has been organized and will be led by Chris Guenzler.
Chris has traveled more than a million miles by Amtrak and is quickly approaching two million miles of overall rail travel.
He has traveled, photographed, and posted reports related to all of the Amtrak routes, most other tourist railway lines in
North America, and over quite a bit of other rare mileage. The train watching platform and cabin in La Plata was dedicated and named
The Chris Guenzler Millionth Mile Lookout Point at a ceremony
commemorating when Chris acheived his millionth rail mile enroute to La Plata on April 27, 2007. The following year on
April 7, 2008, Chris reached exactly one million miles of Amtrak travel as he stepped off the Amtrak Southwest Chief in La Plata.
Details and photographs from these events that celebrated Chris' record rail travel achievements can be found at:
Rail travel reports and photographs by Chris Guenzler can be viewed at
For Further Information
send email to Chris Guenzler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For hotel reservation questions send email to info@DepotInn.com or call 888-814-3669 toll free.
For complete train, plane, car rental, hotel or other travel reservations call 877-459-5900 toll free.
(Please only call 877-459-5900 if you want to book Amtrak, flight, car rental or other travel reservation in addition to
booking your hotel stay. If you ONLY want to make hotel reservations, then please call 888-814-3669.
877-459-5900 goes to our knowledgable affiliate travel agency. 888-814-3669 goes to the Depot Inn & Suites front desk. Thanks!)
The 15% off discount hotel rate will also apply if you'd like to arrive a few days before the event begins or
would like to stay a few days after the event ends based on availability.
To check for availability or to make your reservations, call the hotel toll free at 888-814-3669 and mention that you are coming
for the Spring 2014 Railfan Event in order to obtain the special hotel discount rate.