Monthly Archives: May 2012
Well, it’s the final day of our mini vacation to Wichita but we have time to make one more jaunt. We will head for Wellington, Kansas this time to track down some more SF / AT&SF / BNSF railroad structures.
Time to turn back to Wichita and head to the airport. We will grab lunch at the airport and wait for our plane to arrive.
We are one again home after getting dumped off on the tarmac at DIA. Our niece who had just graduated is there to pick us up and take us home via the scenic route, Now if she can get a job at the Denver Zoo all would be great.
It’s now Day #4 of our five-day mini vacation. The rest of the family heads home today but we will remain to explore more of the area. We will start off heading out to Beaumont, Kansas to track down a Frisco Water Tower that is the last of its kind.
We now head to Augusta, KS to track down an old SLSF (Frisco) Depot as well as an old AT&SF Depot that is now used by BNSF. We found a few BNSF critters while we were there along with some other equipment.
From there it is off to Winfield, KS to track down an AT&SF Depot and by chance I spot the “modern” BNSF building behind it and also catch a diesel engine that I can get a quick shot of.
Our next stop is Mulvane, KS where we are again tracking down another AT&SF Depot along with a Santa Fe Caboose. It’s a museum that we knew would not be open but that does not mean I can’t take photos of the outside!
We get a bite to eat as we head back to Wichita, KS. As the wife reminds me often; not everything on our trips gets to be RR related. I agree and at 1PM the Museum of World Treasures opens up and it’s a very nice museum with items from many different eras so off to museum we go. The second floor is filed with all sort of military stuff from old to semi-modern times; well worth the stop
Afterwards I drop Lisa off at the hotel as it has gotten extremely hot and she is wiped. During our travels earlier in the day I spotted what looked to be a depot and a caboose near Douglass so I will head back out. Sure enough I find a AT&SF Depot (which is actually a replica) and another SF Caboose; score!
The caboose is actually For Sale so if anyone is interested I have the owner’s contact info. I wonder what the S&H costs would be on it as I think it would look great in my backyard.
Well, time to head back to Wichita and take Lisa to dinner but I have still a little time to stop by Friends University to check out the campus my niece just graduated from. I will take a few pictures to add into the video I going to make for her of her graduation. Here is the Admin. Building that is the largest of the buildings on campus.
It’s Day #2 of our mini vacation and today we head off in another direction. It’s going to be another clear day but also HOT so we head out early and head to the Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure in Salina, KS. This “Zoo” is two-fold. the normal outside zoo and an interior Museum.
Also at this location is the UP Tescott, Kansas Depot that today is their old ticket office for the Zoo.
Our next stop is Lindsborg, Kansas (also know as Little Sweden) to track down a MoPac Depot and AT&SF Steam Engine and let the wife do a little shopping.
We then head for Newton, KS to track down a AT&SF depot and steam engine and well we found allot more, this is a major BNSF town with all sorts of other RR things to enjoy. Here is a few sample shots…
Our final destination for the day before heading back to Wichita is Halstead where we will track down one more AT&SF depot.
We head to Wichita Kansas to attend my nieces college graduation and add some time before/after to make a mini vacation out of it.
Well our flight out turned out to be a Turbo-Prop but at least we sat far enough back to be away from most the noise.
We get in to our hotel close to midnight and then get up early to start our next RRAdventures of 2012 by heading for Hutchinson, Kansas to track down some depots; including the Arkansas Valley Interurban Depot.
From there we head for Fort Larned National Historic Site near Larned, KS
We then head down the road a bit to the Santa Fe Trail Center that has lots of historical stuff but not as much on the Santa Fe Trail as we had hoped but still very much worth the stop; especially since they have a depot there! The depot is from Frizell, KS and is AT&SF
With the major outside activities done (to avoid the heat) we head back into Larned itself to track down another depot
From there we head for Pawnee Rock, KS to track down their historical depot
Our next stop in Pawnee Rock is Pawnee Rock itself which was a geologic structure that mark the midpoint of the Santa Fe Trail. We also find a lone grave to Nehemiah Carson (PVT Mexican War) who died here from an unknown illness.
We don’t have much time left but we quickly pass through Great Bend, KS to track down AT&SF Steam Engine #3416
Time to head back to Wichita, Kansas to call it a night