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2012 – Fall Vacation – Part 8

As we near the end of our trip, we will spend Day #8 hiking (climbing) up to Hanging Lake near Glenwood Springs, CO.  Once parked, I spot a few Fallen Flag Gondola’s that are tough to get photos of but I did manager to get one clear shot.

Hanging Lake Trail

As you get ready to hike the Hanging Lake Trail there is a Warning Sign.  We Saw many on the trail that didn’t read this OR didn’t care!!!

Warning Sign

As we walked along the flat section of the trail along the River you get great views of the canyon and places one can also see the Railroad tracks; not a train in sight…

Hanging Lake Trail

Once you get to the original Hanging Lake Trail Head there is a great sign on the area

Information Sign

Here is another River and Railroad shot I took but still no trains in sight

Hanging Lake Trail

Once we are deep into the trail, we could see Waterfalls everywhere and this was fall when the water levels are normally low.  This is just one of many such places we stop and took photos of…

Hanging Lake Trail

After a nice long but tough hike we reach Hanging Lake.  The last say 0.2 miles is a very steep hike and narrow so mind your footing but the destination is well worth it.  We got up to the lake early so there wasn’t too many folks there let but WOW, by the time we left it was packed with people

Found this Hanging Lake Marker on a rock near the lake edge

After getting our shots of the lake we headed farther up the trail to Spouting Rock.  It’s not much of a hike by distance but it’s a bit rocky in places so again watch your footing.

Hanging Lake Trail

By the time we get back down it’s time for Lunch and we find a spot at one of the rest stops in the canyon.  I can hear a train coming (finally!) and grabbed the video camera; waiting at this location for the Passing Train.  Will share the video later…

Video coming later :-)
Our next stop is the Glenwood Railroad Museum that is in the old depot that is now used by Amtrak.  We have been here many a time to only find the museum closed but this time we made sure we would be here when it was open.  The front section has an O-Scale/O-Gauge setup and the back section has some nice historic pieces as well as a Large-Scale steam engine

Glenwood Railroad Museum

Our last destination for the day is Aspen, CO.  We tried and failed to find the old Depot but we have since learned we were looking in the wrong place.  We did however find the Colorado Midland Railroad Bridge (39.201200° N 106.849400°W) that today is used for pedestrian crossing over the creek.  It’s right next to today’s highway bridge.

Near Aspen, CO

Only one more day left of our vacation…

 

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2012 – Wichita Kansas – Part 2

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.

Zoo

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.

 

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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#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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2010: Railfanning East of Town; Day#04a

From our new vase camp in Overland, Kansas (near Kansas City), we strike out for our days planned adventures…

We first head north to St. Joseph, MO where we will visit the Pony Express Museum.

We notice that across the street in the park sits a Steam Engine; BONUS!!!!!!!

From there we head over to the Patee House Museum. From the outside one would look at this as a hotel which is how it started in 1858. It became the Pony Express HQ as well as the Hanibal & St. Joseph Railroad Office as well 1860. Many other uses happened over the years until it was finally made into the museum in 1963.

Now, catch this!!!!!!!

Inside the building is a Steam Engine, a Depot, as well as lots of other historical “large” items!!!

The Depot is the St, Joseph Depot from the St, Joseph & Des Moines Railroad (minus it’s roof) and the Steam Engine is #35 of the Hanibal – St. Joseph Railroad; there is also a replica of the first ever Mail Car behind it

We later tried to visit the Fire Museum but sadly it was closed.

Next we turn to more Railroad hunting starting with tracking down the Kansas City, Clay County & St. Joseph Interurban Passenger and Freight Depots.

We will also locate the MoPac Freight Depot and the Hanibal – St. Joseph Railroad Engine House.

More to come from Day #4…

 
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Posted by on 10/12/2010 in RRAdventures

 

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2010: Railfanning East of Town; Day#03

After spending time in the Hays Kansas area, we again head East towards Overland, Kansas.

During our travels, we first stop in Victoria to visit the Cathedral of the Plains and the German Immigrant Statue there.

While in town we learned about a Union Pacific Cemetery that was created for Six (6) Track Laborers that were killed by Cheyenne Indians around October 1867. Is hidden in a small grove just around the corner from the UP Bridge that cross over the road.

Our next stop was in Marquette, KS where we hiked around an area know locally as Mushroom Rock State Park. There are some neat geological formation there

We then head to Silina, KS where we first visit the Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure. This is a unique museum they have here with their zoo that is setup as real life displays of wildlife from around the world with some animation. Extreme real looking!

We then turn back to railroad hunting and spend allot of time tracking down several RR Passenger and Freight stations here in Silina.

UP / ATSF Passenger

ATSF Freight

MoPac Freight

MoPac Passenger

UP Freight

I also caught a Kansas and Oklahoma engine near the ATSF Freight that they now use…

Lastly we travel over to Kenwood Park to find UP#477

From there we make our way to Overland, KS which will be our base camp for several days.

 
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Posted by on 10/11/2010 in RRAdventures

 

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2010: Railfanning East of Town; Day#02

After spending the night in Hays, KS we will use it as a base camp to do some touring in the area. We head back west towards Oakley, KS and while at a Rest Stop near Grainfield Lisa catches a few shots of a Union Pacific MOW train.

Once we reach Oakley we tracked down the Union Pacific Combination Depot that was built-in 1940 and it’s still being used by UP today; got a few engines shots from there as well. We also tracked down another Union Pacific Combination Depot that has moved here from Grinnell, KS that is being used as a business now.

There is a large monument to Buffalo Bill in this town as well.

We will then head into Gove County to check out a geological area called Monument Rock; cool place! Got a few wild life shots but nothing special.

From there we drive into Logan County to visit the Keystone Gallery.

He head back to Hays, KS to visit the Sternberg Museum of Natural History.

From there is back to hunting down more railroad items on our list. First stop is finding the Kansas Merci Car which is at American Legion Post 173. We also head nearing out-of-town to an abandon facility called Frontier City where the Missouri Pacific Combination from Arnold Kansas not sits vacant and boarded up.

It’s been a full day and we return to our hotel in Hays for the night before we head further east at our next base camp
 
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Posted by on 10/10/2010 in RRAdventures

 

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