UPDATED: La Plata Railroad Days June 19th-21st 2020.

UPDATE 5/12/2020: This event is still set to happen. Everything in Missouri has opened up. If you do not feel safe being around lots of people at this time. We understand and please consider coming to the next event we have. Thank You. We look forward to seeing everyone that comes.

My how time flies. It is time once again to get rolling on the plans for the 2nd LaPlata Railroad Days. This post will be updated as things get planned out. It will also have T-shirt/hoody links later on this year and updates on which food trucks will be on site. For now here is the latest information:

Date June 19th- 21st Mark your calendars!

Cost to enter: $5.00 a person

Camping $40.00 for the whole weekend (includes per person cost up to 4 people). We will not have services available except port-a-potties.

All Aboard for the second 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. 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.

“Fully Loaded” will be playing on site Saturday night June 20th from 7 to 10 pm. This part of the event will be open to the public. $5.00 per person for all non event attendees.

Food options will be:
D’Abolengos (Just north of campground)(THEY ARE OPEN!!)
Casey’s (Just north of campground)
LaPlata Spirits (Across the street from campground)

Happy Dog Hot Dog Food Truck will be on site

True Blue BBQ food truck will also be on site (pending schedule verification)

Hotels in LaPlata:
Depot Inn & Suites
LaPlata Motel

Get your T-shirts and hoodies here.

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

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

  1. Places to eat: Casey’s (regular hours), and D’Abolengos Mexican Restaurant (Set to re-open). 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 have access of non-potable water.
  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.
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. Pre-registry is not required as you may pay at the gate. All entrants will receive wristbands at the gate for the weekend.
  11. We are sorry for any inconvenience, as our area is not set up for wheelchairs, walkers, or any other ADA requirements.

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Bob Herrell
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Bob Herrell

We just made our reservations at the Depot Inn for June 18-21st. Hope to see you all then.

Bob Cox
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Awesome. It will be a fun time. 🙂

Jeff Bryan
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Jeff Bryan

we have made ours as well (for the 19th-21st). Looking forward to it. 🙂 Might be down there next month as well but we’ll see

Richard Nations
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Richard Nations

I will be there.ssmxq

Jude
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Jude

We’ve (Don & Judy) made our reservations at Depot Inn for June 19 -21. Praying for good weather!!

Gavin Thunberg
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Gavin Thunberg

I booked tickets at the depot in a month or two ago. are there any concerns this will be canceled due to the COVID 19 pandemic? Just wondering thanks.

Bob Cox
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This is not even a thought in our minds.

Gavin Thunberg
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Gavin Thunberg

Phew ok thanks I was worried about this see ya there

Chuck Penson
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Chuck Penson

Is is possible, during the day, to observe from the depot? And if so, may I park my car at or near the depot? Thanks.

Bob Cox
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Yes and of course. The station lobby will be open only during regular hours. 8:30 to 10:30am and 6:30 to 8:30pm

Chuck Penson
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Chuck Penson

Thank you!

Gage
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Gage

Could me and the family stay in our RV at a RV Park somewhere near La Plata?

Bob Cox
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Yes. You can camp right at the park where the event is. That is if you are self contained. Otherwise there are camping areas available at the LaPlata reservoir. You will have to call LaPlata City Hall to get information on that.

Charles House
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Charles House

What is the first day campers can get in?

Bob Cox
Editor

They can get in Friday. That is set up day.

Charles House
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Charles House

When will Lookout Point Campgrounds open for this event?

Bob Cox
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Friday June 19th.