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September Is Busy Railfan Month In Missouri And Kansas

The month of September, 2017 was an active one for me as far as rail-fanning goes. It began on Labor Day Monday 9/4/17 as my wife, daughter and I went to visit the Grinter Sunflower Farm located just west of Kansas City in the city of Lawrence, Kansashttp://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/article170172727.html It is famous for its vast stretch of large sunflowers. We then walked around in Downtown Lawrence and caught this Prairie 2-6-2 Santa Fe #1073 on display.
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Then after  having lunch at Noodles & Company, we headed to the Lawrence Amtrak Station.https://www.amtrak.com/servlet/ContentServerpagename=am/am2Station/Station_Page&code=LRC There, I was able to take pics of the interior and exterior of the building but also caught Amtrak P42DC Engines # 174 & 200 that pulled into the station with several passenger cars behind them just seconds after I arrived. They were there only minutes before pulling out again, which I also caught.

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The Kansas Pacific Railroad opened a line from Kansas City to Lawrence, Kansas in 1864. According to the Kansas Historical Society, the first locomotive to operate south of the Kaw River, the “Ottawa” crossed it in Lawrence  November 1st, 1867. To qualify for bonds, the Leavenworth, Lawrence And Galveston Railroad had to lay track from Lawrence to Ottawa by January 1st, 1868. It was completed just one day ahead of the deadline.

Next up was a Sunday 9/10/17 visit to the city of Mulberry, Kansas where my Father-In-Law Bill Mapes grew up and where his father William R Mapes Sr and some of my Father-In-Law’s brothers worked (and one still does) for the Kansas City Southern Railroad. We had been invited to attend a birthday party at the home of Denise’s Aunt Connie Bright. While I was there, I visited a couple of local crossings (shown in pics below) but missed a couple of trains that came through.

Mulberry (formerly known as Mulberry Grove: again according to the KS Historical Society) was founded in 1866 by N.W. Taylor and was originally on the Cherryvale Division of the Kansas City, Fort Scott & Gulf Railroad.

On our way back to Kansas City, we passed through nearby Arcadia as well as Fort Scott, Kansas where I took these pics.

Arcadia, Kansas began as Hathaway, after its founder Phil Wing Hatahway in 1857 (later changed to ArcadiaRural Beauty” at the suggestion of Hathaway‘s sweetheart from Chicago. The story of how present day Arcadia was established is through the legend of the “Nighttime Post Office Switch.” It involved the railroad being extended from Fort Scott to the coal fields of Crawford County, missing Old Arcadia by about 1/25 mile. The coal company put in a coal loading switch, naming it Finley after Captain George Finley who helped build the station. Where mailbags were picked up and dropped off later led to a post office getting the name of Arcadia rather than Finley literally overnight.

The next time I had a weekday off with no other plans, I finally made it to one of the many Missouri towns I had been meaning to visit (as far as rail-fanning goes), as I used to attend weekly sales meetings there when I was in toner cartridge sales with Laser Supercharge back in the early 2000’s, Pleasant Hill. The Missouri Pacific Depot there was constructed in 1903. Like other cities in the KC area, such as Parkville, Lee’s Summit, and Weston, in addition to displaying many original railroad artifacts, the depot is also the current office of the Pleasant Hill Chamber Of Commerce. Pleasant Hill (that started on a bet according to local historian Jeff Wilson (that I was introduced to by Tina from the Chamber Of Commerce) was originally platted in 1844 and was moved to its current location when the railroad was built through, in 1865.

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Jeff owns two local businesses, Resto 101 and Retro On The Rails (and that one is also located in the Depot building. Check out both on Facebook. I felt like a celebrity as once Tina introduced me to Jeff, I was allowed tours of Retro On The Rails as well as the Bally Peddler next to it that were not even open that day. I promised to return with my family some weekend as these businesses are only open Thursday thru Saturday. I also offered to help in any way I can with any railroad related special events they hold in the future. I caught two Union Pacific trains, one likely a grainer and the other a mixed freight (and appropriately enough it even had some Missouri Pacific gondolas in the manifest. )
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Next up was Blue Springs, Missouri after I attended a Kansas City Chiefs Red Friday Pep Rally hosted by Community America Credit Union on Friday 9/15/17. I caught a Kansas City Southern train headed through town with two Gray Ghost locomotives on point as the downtown area was just opening its Fall Festival.

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Here is another episode of a railroad related Old Time Radio Show
https://www.oldtimeradiodownloads.com/crime/calling-all-detectives/calling-all-detectives-48-10-14-286-suicide-on-the-great-valley-railroad

Here is a recent posting from our friend Nick Ozorak and The Roundhouse Podcast:

Today’s Railroad Equipment Profile is this box car from the Texas, Oklahoma & Eastern Railroad that I found on the south side of the North Kansas City, Missouri/Avondale, Missouri Norfolk Southern Yard
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Here is what Wikepedia had to say about the Texas, Oklahoma & Eastern Railroad

The Texas, Oklahoma and Eastern Railroad (reporting mark TOE) is a Class III short-line railroad headquartered in De Queen, Arkansas.

TOE operates a 39.8 mile line in Oklahoma from the Arkansas state line (where it interchanges with De Queen and Eastern Railroad, an affiliate with whom it shares its headquarters) to Valliant, Oklahoma (where it interchanges with Kiamichi Railroad).

TOE traffic generally consists of forest products. TOE was incorporated in 1910.

Hope you have enjoyed this look at my September In Railfanning, sorry it took me so long to get around to it. I’m actually disappointed that though I have more than ample time to work on it these past three weeks, I just couldn’t get motivated. It’s a long story, but it got done in the end. I’ll get you up to speed on October and November soon.

But, for now, I’m John Losh, “The Losh-Man“. And, as I always do, I want to remind you to follow the Lord Jesus Christ with all your heart each day of your life, and when it comes to trains and everything that is railroading, continue leaving Legacies…On The Rails!

 

Plenty Of Rail-Fanning Going On!

As you probably imagined, I have not been idle as far as overall rail-fanning activity these past few weeks. Usually, if I’m not at work, or with family, or behind the computer blogging about rail-fanning, I’m out doing it. Whether it is stopping to take pics or video on my route to or from work, a quick run over to Parkville to do the same, while dropping in on Cathy Kline at the Cathy Kline Art Gallery, or even taking a Legacies On The Rails Road Show trip like I am planning tomorrow, to Lee’s Summit,Missouri where I will visit my Cousin Renita Tilton who is hospitalized there with Cancer, as well as visiting the Missouri Pacific and Amtrak Depots there. http://www.greatamericanstations.com/Stations/LEE .

If I have not already mentioned it in a previous posting, I am proud to announce that the Legacies On The Rails Art Show at the Cathy Kline Art Gallery will be Saturday, August 1st from 6pm-8pm. 8701 NW River Park Dr in Parkville, Missouri. 10% of sales will benefit the Model Rail Experience that I volunteer at in Kansas City’s Union Station! Hope you will mark your calendars and plan to attend!

Here are some of my recent photos and videos. In addition to taking video now, anytime I can get it from my car, I have started playing Christian music CD’s while the train passes and calling it (still as a Legacies On The Rails Fan Video) Gospel Trains. Have done three of those that I will share.

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Harry s Truman Amtrak Depot in Independence, Mo

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Near the former Sam’s Town Casino in KC North. Definitely getting an enlargement made of this one!

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23rd Street area in Kansas City, Mo

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Outside the former CB&Q Depot/Cathy Kline Art Gallery in Parkville, Mo

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North Kansas City, Missouri. The BNSF Loco is another that is likely getting an enlargement made of.

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Riverside, Missouri

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Liberty, Missouri at the Canadian Pacific Depot and off Stockdale Rd

And, as my wife and I are gathering funds for our 25th Anniversary trip later this month which will include some great rail-fan activities like riding the St Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern Railway on their “Murder On The Petulant Express” dinner train that I am definitely looking forward to http://www.slimrr.com/ , we have had some garage sales and I have sold some items on Facebook Swap & Shop pages. This led to one of our garage sale visitors being Joe Debane, who worked for 40 years testing railroad freight scales  Joe is a daily regular at the Timeless Treasures Antique Mall that my family and I shop at often. Joe has a booth there and sells primarily Hot Wheels cars. He has bought pretty much my entire die cast collection, as I have enjoyed them for many years, but as we need the funds, and I need the room in my several-themed rec-room to expand my railroad collection, it was time to part with them. Joe gave me several polaroids and some post-cards from his time in the rail industry that I took these pics of, that I have also now  shared on several railroad Facebook pages.

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I almost forgot to mention my newest Legacies On The Rails project, just started yesterday, the Legacies On The Rails Pod-Cast!
http://legaciesontherails.podomatic.com/entry/2015-04-13T11_49_53-07_00 . Many more entries to come. Hope you enjoy this inaugural episode!

 

As usual, let’s wrap up with a railroad music video, led off by the man in black, Johnny Cash!

I’m John Losh, reminding you to keep leaving Legacies……On The Rails!

Kansas City Union Station Model Rail Experience Weekly Volume Three

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And, last but not least on this week’s agenda, last time I said we hoped to see you at the Mid-America Train And Toy Show at the KCI Expo Center. http://www.midamericatrainandtoyshow.com/ Though I hope you were able to make it, here is a short video and some pics from that.

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Well, that about wraps it up for this edition of Kansas City Union Station Model Rail Experience Weekly. I’ll see you next time, hoping that you come pay Union Station and the Model Rail Experience a visit soon, and keep coming back. It promises to be a great time for the whole family!

I’m John Losh, reminding you to keep leaving Legacies……….On The Rails!