La Plata, MO 63549 (population, 1,366)
GPS: N 40.02930, W 92.49343 (Amtrak Station) Google map
Scanner: BNSF 160.245 
Railroad: BNSF Chicago Division, Marceline Sub
Description: La Plata is located in north-central Missouri where US-63 crosses the BNSF Transcon at MP 311. The
restored Amtrak Station provides a convenient place to watch the action on the Transcon.
Approximate # trains per 24 hours: 50+ Including Amtrak’s Southwest Chief.
Nearby RR stuff: N 40.03006, W 92.48995; A private Railfan shelter / photo platform location is provided for
guest at The Depot Inn motel (N 40.03489, W 92.48953). The Depot Inn also maintains a small Exhibit of Amtrak
History Museum in two former Amtrak mail handling cars.
Lodging: The Depot Inn
TRAINS article: May 2009
Visitor Info: Trip advisor La Plata
Annotated Google Map
Depot Inn Lookout cabin from their website