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A Rail Travel Writing and Photography Workshop
for railfans, journalists, writers, bloggers and camera fans of all skill levels
at the Depot Inn & Suites, La Plata, Missouri, on the route of the Amtrak Southwest Chief
October 16-21, 2011

The workshop is sponsored by the American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation ( Silver Rails Gallery and will be taught by two noted TrainWeb field reporters—Carl Morrison, a widely published professional photographer, and Henry Kisor, author of Zephyr: Tracking a Dream Across America and other books. Several of their rail travel reports and photos can be viewed at and

Participants will learn skills in photographing and writing about train travel, including on-board and trackside shooting, gathering information and interviewing crew and passengers, tailoring stories to specific audiences and publications. A welcome reception is on Sunday evening, October 16, and classes will be held Monday through Thursday mornings, giving plenty of time to write and go out into the field with camera and notebook in the afternoons. There will be a “wrapup” party Thursday evening, October 20.

As a bonus, all participants are invited to set up a free web account at There you can publish rail travel reports and photos. Instruction will be provided in creating and uploading travel reports and photos to your new website. After this workshop you will be able to publish—free—your rail travel reports and photos to one of the largest online audiences of train enthusiasts. ( counts more than one million page visits per month by over 250,000 unique visitors.)

Participants may want to stay an extra day or two for the annual Silver Rails Train Show October 21-22 at the Silver Rails Event Center in La Plata.

Tuition: $125 for all five days. Limited to 20 participants.

Accommodations: The Depot Inn & Suites is providing 20 per cent room discounts to participants who register in advance by September 15 for five to seven nights for $75 per night plus tax. (A continental breakfast is included in the room rate.) Total advance registration, including tuition and room: $500.00 for five nights.)
Click here for more information about the railroad themed luxurious Depot Inn & Suites hotel.

Participants will be responsible for lunches and dinners at the Red Rooster next door to the hotel or other restaurants in the area.

Participants must bring their own digital cameras and laptop computers. We will show and discuss our work in the classroom.

After Hours: There is much to see and do in the surrounding Silver Rails Country when you are not busy attending the workshop or social activities, or if you stay beyond the days of the workshop. Click here for more information or click here to have a map of Silver Rails Country mailed to you.

Rental cars are available from Enterprise Rent-a-Car in nearby Kirksville, telephone 660-665-3396. Enterprise will bring the car to the Depot Inn & Suites. Mention Code L51EZ54 and get special daily rates of $34 for compact, $37 for mid-size, or $39 for standard.

Transportation: 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.

Click Map For Driving Directions.

Click Here For Information On Arriving By Train Or Plane

For Further Information send email to Carl Morrison at or Henry Kisor at For hotel reservation questions send email to or call
888-814-3669 toll free. For complete train, plane, car rental, hotel and workshop reservations
call 877-459-5900 toll free.

Select an option below to register and pay for the workshop:

Workshop & 5 Hotel Nights ($500)
Sunday Oct 16 - Friday Oct 21, 2011:

Workshop & 6 Hotel Nights ($575)
Sunday Oct 16 - Saturday Oct 22, 2011
Stay for the 2nd Annual APRHF Model Train Show & Swap Meet
on Saturday, Oct 22 from 9am to 3pm! $5 to be paid at the door
of the Silver Rails Event Center:

Workshop & 7 Hotel Nights ($650)
Sunday Oct 16 - Sunday Oct 23, 2011:

Workshop Only - no hotel included ($125):

If you plan to arrive earlier than Sunday October 16 or stay beyond Sunday October 23, then register for the Workshop Only and call the hotel toll free at 888-814-3669 to make your hotel reservations. Be sure to mention you are coming for the Rail Travel Writing & Photography Workshop in order to obtain the special hotel discount rate.

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