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The BNSF southern Transcon slices across Missouri diagonally from Kansas City to the northeast corner of the state. I visited the Marceline Sub in north central Missouri yesterday. The area around Marceline, Bucklin and LaPlata is beautiful country. This is all double track with trains looking to be travelling around 55 mph+. I learned to get ready for photos earlier, the hard way. :O

This eastbound was the fastest of the trains I saw, passing a signal bridge near Bucklin, MO.

Grab shot of some Missouri mules.

This eastbound autorack is seen on a massive fill near Marceline, MO.

Nice roads in the area. I wouldn't want to be driving on it at night waiting for a deer to jump out.
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Outstanding In My Field
An eastbound UP train, also at Marceline.

I didn't get any decent shots near Elmer or LaPlata, all the trains were coming from the wrong direction (out of the sun). Maybe next time.

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Nice variety of shots Bill. Wonder how much longer the signal bridge will remain, seems like all the old ones are being replaced.


Outstanding In My Field
The signal bridge is unique, for sure. There are a bunch of them. Once they are removed, it will look like every other line.

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I took the liberty of repositioning Bill's photos to correspond with his captions. The method of loading photos on the "new" site is not intuitive and takes experimentation to get the photos and captions to match up in the correct order.
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Outstanding In My Field
I Had to Go Back

You know how it is when you visit a new location for the first time. It takes a little study to find the best spots. After my visit earlier this week, I just had to go back and get some catches at a few other locations. The eastbounds were rolling all morning long.

#6 - An eastbounder I caught first thing in the morning. This is at the west end of Bucklin on Meadow Road.
#7 - Another shot of the nice signal bridge at Meadow Road.
#8 - Some of the local roads are just as much fun driving as seeing the trains.
#9 - This one is from the bridge at Anchor Road near Ethel, MO.


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A few more

#10 - The old bridge at Crystal Ave, near Elmer, MO provided a great viewing spot. No traffic on this road except for Amish wagons.
#11 - An eastbound stack train from the Crystal Ave. bridge.
#12 - The sun was getting high, but I stuck around at Dolphin Road near LaPlata, MO to catch this Amtrak.

thanks for looking,


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