LaPlata Railroad Days Train Watching Event is October 19th-21st. Event and T-Shirt Information Right Here. VENUE HAS BEEN MOVED TO THE TRAINPARTY PROPERTIES DUE TO THE FIELD AT LOOKOUT POINT PARK NOT DRYING OUT. ADDRESS IS 100 EAST BENTON ST. LAPLATA, MO 63549. 

I will apologize for not putting this out earlier. I do still forget that some folks are not on Facebook where the event was created. There is still time and plenty of room. Especially if you are camping.

First off here are the T-shirt links. For those not familiar with the Virtual Railfan chat page. These T-Shirts were designed from comments that are made a lot in those rooms. These T-Shirts will not be stocked at the event but will be available before during and after the event. Each campaign has an end date for printing purposes. It does auto renew.



Here is the main event information:

All Aboard for the first annual American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation and Virtual Railfan Train Watching Event!! This will be a great time to come and experience LaPlata and the surrounding area, watch trains, catch up with old friends, make new friends, and have some fun.

This event is a fundraiser for the current running campaign regarding the move and restoration of the APRHF Exhibition of Amtrak History. For more info on the project or to donate ahead of time.

Camping will be available on the Lookout Point Park grounds so you will not miss a train. There are also hotel accommodations available in LaPlata, Macon, and Kirksville. We have not got a sponsor hotel as of this event creation. One Horse Town will be playing live Saturday night from 7 to 11 pm in the camping area. Food trucks will also be available on site throughout the event. Camp stoves and fire pits will be allowed. Please no open fires on the grounds for the safety of others. This is a BYOB&C (Bring your own Beverage and Chair) event on campground area ONLY.

Below is a list of pricing for campground related events:
Camping (entire weekend) $50.00 per tent or camper (includes entry-Limit of 4 people) PayPal Link:

Entry for entire weekend, for those staying at hotels, etc. $10.00 per person. This includes the band performance. PayPal Link:

Entry for performance of One Horse Town only will be $10.00 per person. 5 to 12 pm only (Oct 20th.) This is more suited for local citizens. PayPal Link:

You may also pre-register by mailing a check to P.O.Box 175 LaPlata, MO 63549

Food options will be:
True Blue BBQ (on site)
Happy Dog Hot Dog Company (on site)
LaPlata Fire Department Pizza (on site)
LaPachangas (Just north of campground)
Casey’s (Just north of campground)
LaPlata Spirits (Across the street from campground)

Hotels in LaPlata:
Depot Inn & Suites
LaPlata Motel

Hotels in Kirksville and Macon: Check online.

Please come prepared for any kind of weather! This event will be held rain or shine!!

UPDATE!!!! Saturday October 20th. The train station will be open for your viewing until 4pm. The NEMO model Railroad Club will have their layout operating at the station also from 12 to 4 pm. Trainparty and the APRHFstore will also be open from 12 to 4pm.

If you have any questions please email me (Bob) direct:

UPDATE!!! Here is the list that will be given out to all attendees. May want to read over it just so there is no surprises. Welcome to the La Plata Railroad Days Event!

We hope you have a great time!

Below are a few points/basic rules to help make your stay here better:

    1. Places to eat: True Blue Barbeque (On Site), Happy Dog Hot Dog Company (On Site), La Plata Fire Department Pizza (On Site), Casey’s (regular hours), and LaPachanga’s Mexican Restaurant (11 to 9pm). Hours will vary with the “on site” food services, as it is up to each business.
    2. Dollar General, Casey’s, and La Plata Spirits are located across the street or down it if you need some snacks, drinks, and ice.
    3. Please no open fires on the grounds/site. Camp stoves and fire pits are allowed. We do not have access to water on this property yet.
    4. We worked very hard to get the grounds ready for your visit but please be very careful of holes and uneven surfaces. Please bring a flashlight for getting around especially at night.
    5. The camping area is first come, first serve. We will help you get a spot picked out but not reserved.
    6. Train watching area will be marked off with yellow tape. Once again, be mindful of the uneven ground. There will be a lighted entrance way to the watching area for nighttime viewing. If you go beyond the yellow tape, you can be turned in for trespassing on BNSF properties.
    7. The train station will be open regular hours for train service (8:30 to 10:30 am and 6:30 to 8:30 pm). Please do not crowd the caretaker and passengers during those times. The station will be open for tours on Saturday from 12 to 4 pm and the NEMO model railroad club will also be hosting guests in their train room during those times.
    8. and will also be open on Saturday from 12 to 4 pm.
    9. We do encourage everyone to get out and railfan the area sometime during the event. If you do not have a car, hopefully, someone that does will take you out with them. There will be no golf cart rentals. Enterprise Rental in Kirksville does have car rental opportunities. 660-665-3396
    10. There will be plenty of room on the grounds for some yard games. If you have one and feel the need, bring it with you.
    11. The $50.00 Camping fee is good for your tent or self contained RV and up to four people. Otherwise it is $10.00 per person for the weekend. This includes the live music on Saturday from 7 to 11 pm. The band concert ticket is intended for the locals who want to just watch the band. They will have a different color wristband and must leave by midnight.
    12. Pre-registry is not required as you may pay at the gate. All entrants will receive wristbands at the gate for the weekend.
    13. We are sorry for any inconvenience, as our area is not set up for wheelchairs, walkers, or any other ADA requirements.


  • We are not responsible for any missing or broken items or personal damages that might occur. The local Police Department may be reached at 660-651-7452.



Thank you for your continued support!    The APRHF Board and Virtual Railfan Staff


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When is the next train
When is the next train
5 years ago

Be the first on your block to go to la plata for train days

Randy Ludington
Randy Ludington
5 years ago

I wish I could attend and meet a few of the VR chat people, but LaPlata is a bit far from North Carolina. I will definitely be watching the LAP cam during the weekend. Hope all the attendees have a great time of face-to-face chatting and train watching.

Richard Hayes
Richard Hayes
5 years ago

Please Get your T-Shirts and help out a great couse if you can be at La Plata Mo. it will be fun and get to meet the ones we talk to on the chat in person hope to see all the Rail Road Fanners There in La Plata Mo. Come one Come all. Happy Trains and as hansbug says Q the Cats here Kitty Kitty:)

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