La Plata (Amtrak station)
|Address||535 North Owensby Street
La Plata, MO 63549
|Platforms||1 side platform|
|Passengers (2013)||10,031 2.1%|
The La Plata Amtrak station is a train station in La Plata, Missouri, United States, served by Amtrak, the national railroad passenger system. La Plata Station was built in 1945 by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad as a replacement for an 1887-built passenger and freight depot that was in deteriorating condition. Efforts to replace the station were stalled by a lack of construction material being used to defeat the Axis in World War II. The 1945 replacement was built in Art Deco style, and was restored between 1996 and 2001 by local preservationists, a model railroad club and a garden club.
Trails & Rails program
On certain days of the week, volunteer rangers with the National Park Service provide commentary for train passengers between Chicago, Illinois and La Plata, Missouri on the Southwest Chief. This interpretive program is free of charge for all coach and sleeping car passengers and is presented in the upper level of Amtrak's Sightseer Lounge Car. Volunteers tell passengers about the natural and historical features of Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri. This program typically takes place during two round-trips per week during the busy summer and winter holiday travel periods. Texas A&M University and the American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation in La Plata, MO serve as additional local sponsors. More information and a current schedule can be found at the link below: http://www.nps.gov/findapark/trailsandrails/index.htm.
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