As I sit here at home, watching DVD’s of “All Aboard: Great American Railroads” that I received from my wife for Christmas 2014, I am more excited to write this post than probably any other I have done on any of my blog sites! Among my various Facebook pages is Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad (Burlington Route). It currently has 28 members. Among its newest is my Facebook Friend and brother in Christ, Craig Coffey.
Recently I asked if there are any of the old CB&Q depots still standing. Craig immediately shared the fact that the building that had once served as City Hall for Parkville, Missouri is a former CB&Q Depot, and the current City Hall in Weston, Missouri (that is also a rail museum) is also a former CB&Q Depot that Craig’s own father’s items are on display in. I then found sites like this one:
It documents all the still existing depots in Missouri. I also located sites that document all the still existing steam engines on display in Missouri. This gave me an exciting idea. The Legacies On The Rails Road Show that will make at least weekly “Whistle Stops” (a nod to the old steam era as well as to President Harry S. Truman‘s “Whistle Stop Tour“) at some of the depots and steam engine displays located here in the Kansas City, Missouri area and eventually at many of the others across Missouri, and being recorded on video and pictures and being shared here on the Legacies On The Rails blog. Later there will be the state of Kansas and many others to take on!
I decided that Parkville, Missouri would be the very first “Whistle Stop” on the Legacies On The Rails Roadshow and had just the person in mind to accompany me on this new adventure. Brandon Gott-my longtime friend, also brother in Christ and owner of the Barista De Casa coffee shop http://baristadecasa.com/ that I frequent and do a lot of my writing from, and is mentioned in the acknowledgements of my latest book project 30 Godly Lessons From My Life-Volume One https://www.createspace.com/5275569?ref=1147694&utm_id=6026 had recently told me about a guy he knew I would want to meet. His name is Jordan Gallacher. Jordan is a brother rail-fan and loves taking photos of moving trains. His Twitter handle is @railmaster87. He is taking guitar lessons like I probably should be since I own one that I can’t play. He loves biking and walking. Here’s the thing: Jordan is blind. just from what I heard, I already admired him., so yeah, had to meet him! So we became Facebook Friends and arranged to meet at Barista De Casa yesterday morning, and once I had my raspberry mocha in hand, we headed to the Legacies On The Rails Cruiser and off to downtown Parkville.
On the way into Parkville on 9 Highway, we got lucky and caught this east-bound BNSF Coal Drag.
There would be other rail videos (most I’ve captured in a single day) and pictures to get but the real treat was the fantastic lady we would soon meet when we arrived at the 1889 erected CB&Q Depot that as I mentioned later served as Parkville, Missouri‘s City Hall that currently houses the Parkville Chamber of Commerce.….and the Cathy Kline Art Gallery. (CathyKlineArtGallery@gmail.com) .
Here is Cathy outside her gallery with her promo banner, as well as displaying a news article about the history of this former CB&Q Depot that was active for passenger traffic until the 1970’s. Cathy was also featured in the Novenber-December issue of North Magazine in an article she authored called “Present day masters in Parkville” on pages 54,55. Cathy has the distinction of being the only local gallery that features the work of Kearney, Missouri resident, artist and sculptor Gary Staab whose work has been featured on the Discovery Channel, and he has produced sculptures for the Smithsonian Institute, Denver Museum of Nature & Science and the National Geographic Society. And that’s just to mention a few of his accomplishments! You can view his work at http://www.staabstudios.com/
Here is a piece that quickly caught my eye that she did of Colorado’s Silverton Narrow Guage Railroad that I own some collectible items representing and a DVD that profiles it.
Here are some pics I took of old photos from the history of the Parkville Depot.
Here is one of the two windows that passengers used to be able to purchase their tickets from:
Among the many pieces on display in the Cathy Kline Art Gallery are these pieces painted by others that Cathy teaches art to that are their renderings of the depot building.
Here is Cathy-assisted by her dog “Bogie”-named after Humphrey Bogart-which anyone that knows my love of classic movies knows I was loving, giving us the tour of the depot and her gallery
Here is a KC Southern Coal Drag that rumbled past the depot/gallery (which is now my new favorite rail-fan spot):
But what developed during our visit was potentially the start of a great addition to the Legacies On The Rails Roadshow. Cathy was fascinated by some of the info that Jordan and I shared about trains and said she would love to incorporate more railroad pieces into the gallery and maybe even feature a section of them in her upcoming show “Wine & Spirits & Art-Oh, My!” I hinted that may-be it could be named the Legacies On The Rails section. She loves the title and what it represents, and says she can do that! We even discussed doing an eventual railroad-only art show wait for it….the Legacies On The Rails Art Show that could feature not only railroad art, but a model railroad display (here’s where the boys from Heartland N-Trak Of Greater KC, the Great Northern Railroad, and Union Station’s Model Rail Experience that as I shared last time, I am a new volunteer with, could get involved. Could even have a table for Operation Lifesaver.
Could become a yearly event, and though she and I need to discuss that later, I’m thinking maybe eventually a traveling show that could visit other former train depots! Cathy shared that the current Parkville City Hall has some railroad items on display (turned out to be all CB&Q which I was loving) so that was the next stop for Jordan and I before we called it a day, for me to return him to Liberty and me to head to work. Along the way, we heard this coming behind us on Main St and as I started to come about, Jordan’s heightened senses told him it was too close for me to catch the front of but I was convinced I could still do so. Guess what-he was right! Later as I sat there, I thought “Wait, I should still capture some of it!”
Here are just some of the CB&Q treasures displayed in the upstairs of Parkville City Hall (not showing all of them, don’t want to spoil it for ya’):
This first stop was everything Jordan and I I hoped for but soooo much more! So I hope you look forward to many more “Whistle Stops” along the Legacies On The Rails Roadshow, and I’d like to thank Craig Coffey for helping ignite this idea, and thank Cathy Kline and the Parkville Chamber Of Commerce for helping preserve and care for the Parkville Depot, as it continues to leave Legacies…..On The Rails!