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2010: Railfanning East of Town; Day#11

Our final day of our trip is here and still lots planned. As we woke from a restless night as we could hear trains passing the hotel what seemed throughout the night as if they were in our room, we find one sitting on the tracks that Lisa and I got out our cameras and took a few early morning shots, one of those was of this Ferromex engine.

There was one more depot here that I didn’t get to on Day#10 because we were not sure where exactly it was. We agreed to give it another shot before leaving town and after some driving around we finally spotted it. It’s the AT&SF Combination from Thatcher that was moved to the south side of La Junta that is part of the Valley Trading Post property now.

OK, time to head out of La Junta and head for Rocky Ford as we continue to track down more AT&SF Depots.

We make a small detour north to Sugar City where we track down a UP Caboose they have in a small park on the north side of town.

From there we travel to Manzanola, Fowler, Boone, and Devine to find all the AT&SF depots in those cities. The one in Devine was from Avondale.

From there we head into Pueblo and look for a place to have lunch. We decided that we are both nearly worn out and will call it a day after visiting the Steal Works Museum of Industry & Culture; which is also where Mine Rescue Car #1 sits as a display piece.

From there we head for home after 2,572.5 miles of road miles plus a ton of walking but if you have been reading all the blog entries you know we had a very successful trip.

Shortly after getting back and working on this Trip Report I was contacted by the person building a new website dedicated to existing depots (http://depotmaps.com/) and asked if I could help him which I agree to. So, if/when you visit his site some photos there might look like those form this blog because they are.  I have a ton more I plan to help him with as well as his site will be an extremely helpful for me and others for future depot location information.

 
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Posted by on 10/19/2010 in RRAdventures

 

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2010: Railfanning East of Town; Day#10d

I continue to track down more RR items on my list in La Junta, CO with several items are all grouped together. First item is the BNSF Signal Deportment Office, also here is the old AT&SF Passenger Depot now used by Amtrak and BNSF. I also find another build marked as AT&SF but not sure what it was historically. Also will grab a few BNSF roster shots

Just down the road is also the old AT&SF Freight Depot…

Over at McDonald’s is a Caboose that I understand is AT&SF #999645 even though there are no markings left on it…

My last items on my list take me into residential territory as these are depots from other places that have been moved here are turned into homes. The first one is the Fort Lyon Depot that you can still see it’s Combination layout. The other two are the Combination Depot from Cheraw and McClave that have been combined together into a home.

Well, that’s the end of my daylight and we will pack up and head out of La Junta come morning for one last day of travel towards home…

 
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Posted by on 10/18/2010 in RRAdventures

 

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2010: Railfanning East of Town; Day#10c

After leaving Holly, Colorado our next stop is Lamar. Here we find their AT&SF Combination Depot and at the same location is AT&SF Steam Engine #1819 along with a Windmill and Water Tank as part of a static display.

Lisa and I also find the Madonna of the Trail for Colorado as part of the Wagon Trail history we also tracked during this trip.

Lamar, CO

The next stop of this long day is Las Animas where we find the AT&SF Passenger and Freight Depots.

We finally reach La Junta, CO and Lisa is beat and ready to call it a day so we head for the hotel. She is fine with me taking advantage of the remaining light so I head out.

I first track down AT&SF Steam Engine #1024, Santa Fe Caboose #999602, Santa Fe Hopper #307178 (along with others)…

Still plenty of light left and there is still more items on my list to track down…

 
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Posted by on 10/18/2010 in RRAdventures

 

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2010: Railfanning East of Town; Day#10b

With lunch ate, we head on down the road to Garden City, Kansas. Here we once again track down another AT&SF Combination Depot. On the far side of the parking lot there is also a sign talking about the history and, I find a pair of BNSF Engine idling near by.

We depart and head for Lakin, KS next to locate the AT&SF Combination Depot that has been moved to form a museum of local history.

Next stop is Syracuse, Kansas where find a trio of AT&SF structures, the Passenger and Freight Depots along with the Water Tower. Sadly, all that is left of the old Passenger Depot is the Baggage Room now used by BNSF as storage.

We now cross back into Colorado and stop in Holly to find yet another AT&SF Passenger Depot.

From here we will travel farther west as we have lots more places to find and photograph before we call it a night in La Junta.

 
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Posted by on 10/18/2010 in RRAdventures

 

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2010: Railfanning East of Town; Day#10a

On Day #10, we pull up camp in Wichita and take a slow drive towards La Junta, CO; making a ton of RR stops along the way.

Our first stop will be in Kingman, KS where we track down the AT&SF Combination Depot which is now used by the Central Kansas Railway and I also bag Hopper FINX #10573

From there we travel to Cunningham, KS to find the AT&SF Combination Depot there.

Next we head over to Pratt, KS to find the next AT&SF Combination depot along this route.

As we passed through Mullinville, KS I found a road side display calling itself the “World’s Largest Coffee Collection”
Mullinville, KS

We reach Dodge City next. Here we find the AT&SF Passenger and Freight Depots and Santa Fe Caboose #999014 all close by to each other.

Down the street is the “Boot Hill” museum.  From the outside it looks like a Tourist Trap but besides the “cemetery” there are building that are very much worth going into as they have lots of historical items to view and read about the history of this area.  As for “Boot Hill” itself well…

Dodge City, KS

Als on their property they have the AT&SF Combination Depot from Sitka, KS as well as AT&SF Steam Engine #1139

We stop for lunch at Arby’s and I catch one more RR shot before we head to our next stop…

As we head east out of Dodge City along US50 we come across an area where the Santa Fe Trail Wagon Wheel tracks can still be seen.
Between Dodge City and Cimarron, KS along US50
 
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Posted by on 10/18/2010 in RRAdventures

 

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2010: Railfanning East of Town; Day#09

On our 9th day, we will tour around Wichita itself. We planned to go to the Zoo early with my niece and her roommate; but, the roommate is a bit slow getting going. So, Lisa and I head downtown on a Depot hunt! Yep we got a nice haul all in one spot; (1) KCM&O from Runnymede, KS, (2) Rock Island Passenger, (3) Rock Island Baggage, and (4) UNION Station

The girls are now dressed and ready so off to the zoo we go. After getting our personal tour of the place we stop for lunch.

Wichita, KS

Now it’s my turn and I take the girls back downtown to the Great Plains Transportation Museum. It was great fun to share my hobby with them as they explored the various railroad equipment with me. Lisa also makes sure we captured a shot of my niece and me together!

I take the girls out to dinner too. From there the girls take Lisa and I over to see the Keeper of the Plains monument which is a massive Native American statue they light up with fires and night. The girls also give us a tour of their campus before calling it a night and get some needed sleep.

Wichita, KS

Day #10 will be another travel day with lots of RR hunting as we start heading for home…

 
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Posted by on 10/17/2010 in RRAdventures

 

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2010: Railfanning East of Town; Day#08

It’s day eight of our trip and today we meet up with my niece and the three of us head for Hutchinson, KS. Our morning activity is to tour the Kansas Underground Salt Museum. At the surface is old Engine No. 2 now sitting as Static Display and I find lots more RR stuff underground that I will share in a future in a trip report.

After stopping for lunch, we head over to the Cosmosphere which is a great Space Museum.
Hutchinson, KS
It is the home of the Liberty Bell and Apollo 13 space capsules.
Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center

Before leaving Hutchinson and heading back to Wichita for Dinner, Games, and Sleep we track down the AT&SF Freight Depot that is here and also find a modern BNSF office across the street from it.

Day #9 coming soon…

 
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Posted by on 10/16/2010 in RRAdventures

 

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2010: Railfanning East of Town; Day#07b

After leaving Topeka, he head down the Flint Hills Nation Scenic Byway working our way to Council Grove, Kansas. Here we track down the MKT (Katy) Combination Depot. Next to it is the Sylvan Park Ranch “Private” Depot. This is the last depot of its kind know to exist. Behind it is a MoPac Caboose…

We then head over to another section of town to track down the MoPac Freight Depot.

Here to is the Kansas Madonna of the Trail we also wanted to track down.

Kansas

We will also track down Kaw Indian – Guardian of the Grove Statue and also locate the Neosho River Crossing of the Santa Fe Trail that also has a historic Wagon there as well.

Kaw Indian

Our next stop is Strong City, Kansas. Here we track down the AT&SF Combination Depot and luck be with us again and spot a Santa Fe Caboose sitting in a park near by. We also spot a bridge that is marked and stopped and got a shot of it too!!!

From there we stop in Cottonwood Falls for lunch and I spot a BNSF Rail-Truck outside the Court House. Have camera, take shot…

We head down the road again stopping at Schrumpf Hill Overlook. Nice place to get a feel for what the Kansas Plains once looked like with the Tall Grass all around.

Tall Grass

We then reach El Dorado, Kansas to track down the MoPac Combination Depot. We also stop at the Butler County History Center & Kansas Oil Museum and within all the displays, we also find a Tanker Car!

We head for Wichita, Kansas to meet up with family for dinner and games and then call it at night as this is out next base camp..

 
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Posted by on 10/15/2010 in RRAdventures

 

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2010: Railfanning East of Town; Day#07a

On this day we pack up and move to our next base camp to Wichita, KS; but, it will take us the entire day to get there with all the stops planned.

First stop, Topeka!!!!!!!

We first head for the AT&SF Passenger Depot which is now used by Amtrak. It’s also near the railroad faculties operated today by BNSF.

We will next head around the BNSF Facility to find the old AT&SF Bridge and in doing so we will find a Santa Fe Rotary Snow Plow; Score!!!!!!!

Next we head over into Union Pacific territory by finding the Great Overland Station and then track down the UP Bridge that also spans the Kansas River.

We had one more place to locate in Topeka; the Old Prairie Town Museum (Ward-Med Historic Site). Here we find the Ex-Pauline, KS AT&SF Combination Depot as well as Caboose #1552.

Time to head for the next stop…

 
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Posted by on 10/15/2010 in RRAdventures

 

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2010: Railfanning East of Town; Day#06

On this day, we strike out easterly from Kansas City. We take a short drive along Cliff Drive Missouri State Scenic Byway for both the scenic drive and was also told there are good photograph points over the yard. Found lots of trees and the few place I saw the yard it wasn’t worth taking any shots.

Missouri State Scenic Byway

We then head for Independence, MO to visit the National Frontier Trails Museum and Lisa and I both had family that traveled west by wagon train.

Next door to the museum is the Chicago & Alton Railroad Depot that also has a second floor where the Station Master family lived. Got a great tour by the caretakers!!! Also here in town is the MoPac Depot that today is the Amtrak Station (a.k.a. Truman Depot) and they have a MoPac Caboose sitting outside.

After taking in lunch, we head for Buckner, MO. Here we track down the MoPac Combination Depot. To our surprise we also find a MoPac Caboose sitting with it…

It’s marked “Sedalia Yards Only” as in Sadalia, MO so it’s a few miles from home.

Our last destination of the day is Lexington, MO where we first visit the Battle of Lexington State Historic Site (Civil War).

Civil War

We also track down the “Madonna of the Trail” for Missouri that is related to wagon trail history.

Missouri

We have to take an interesting back road to get to the CB&Q Combination Depot put we found it as well.

Back to Kansas City and to our hotel in Overland Park. We will need our rest before taking on Day #07…

 
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Posted by on 10/14/2010 in RRAdventures

 

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