La Plata (Amtrak station)
|Location||535 North Owensby Street
La Plata, MO 63549
|Platforms||1 side platform|
|Passengers (2013)||10,031 2.1%|
La Plata Station was built in 1945 by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad as a replacement for an 1887 passenger and freight depot that was in deteriorating condition. Efforts to replace the station were stalled by a lack of construction material during 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 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 serve as additional local sponsors.
- Truman State University, north 12.5 miles (20.1 km) in Kirksville.
- A.T. Still University, north 13.7 miles (22.0 km) in Kirksville.
- Moberly Area Community College, south 45.9 miles (73.9 km) in Moberly.
- Amtrak – Stations – La Plata, MO
- La Plata Amtrak Station (USA Rail Guide – TrainWeb)
- La Plata, MO (LAP) (Amtrak's Great American Stations)
- Trails and Rails
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