La Plata Station
La Plata Station
4.5
7:00 PM - 11:00 AM
Monday
7:00 PM - 11:00 AM
Tuesday
7:00 PM - 11:00 AM
Wednesday
7:00 PM - 11:00 AM
Thursday
7:00 PM - 11:00 AM
Friday
7:00 PM - 11:00 AM
Saturday
7:00 PM - 11:00 AM
Sunday
7:00 PM - 11:00 AM
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The La Plata Amtrak station is a restored Art Deco style depot constructed of wood and brick. The original passenger and freight depot, built in 1887, was in need of replacement during World War II, but building materials were not readily available. In 1945, after a fire burned portions of the building, the interior and exterior were remodeled and modernized in the popular Art Deco style.
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David Siteman
Pleasant View, TN7 contributions
Aug 2020 • Friends
The station was renovated a few years ago and it looks great! It has an old-school 1930’s/1940’s style to it. The station is also a great place for railfanning. Westbound trains push air into the corner for an exciting experience!
Written August 21, 2020
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mmassie2017
Charlotte, NC3 contributions
Oct 2017 • Business
La Plata Station used to be Santa Fe train depot in 1950s. La Plata is on high traffic BNSF freight train route plus Amtrak Southwest Chief from Chicago to Los Angeles.
Written October 31, 2017
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Thank you for your review and info.
Written November 28, 2017
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Pellaz2112
Auburn, GA231 contributions
Jun 2021
La Plata is a small town in Missouri with an Amtrak station that other, larger cities can only envy. A restored art-deco structure with a unique history, the station is maintained by station caretakers Bob and Amy Cox and is normally opened for one hour before the arrival of Amtrak's Southwest Chief, in each direction, and remains open as long as needed afterward. The station platform has recently been renovated with a raised, ADA-compliant section, and the station grounds have also been beautified and refurbished and now look great. There is even a tie-up spot for horses and buggies, since the station frequently serves the area's Amish and Mennonite communities. Very few other Amtrak stations -- if any -- can make that claim.
Be advised that there are two live-streaming railroad cameras mounted to the building that cover both directions of the busy BNSF mainline that are among the most popular live-feed RR cameras in the world. Actions and conversations near the cameras will be heard and recorded; there is a sign advising of this as you walk up to the platform.
Note that, as with most smaller station-stops on Amtrak's routes, there is no checked baggage service available, but passengers are welcome to bring their luggage onboard for storage.
To recap, this is an amazing hidden gem of an historic station, still serving passengers (and railfans) in 2021.
Written June 29, 2021
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Karen V
Pella, Iowa162 contributions
Sep 2020
The area was not really inviting as a tourist area. There were no outdoor seating areas to sit and wait for trains. We were not purchasing tickets, not boarding the train, nor waiting for passengers. We did not go inside the station as did not know even where the door was located as no signs to indicate. Would have liked to seen the inside area. We stood and waited outside to see Amtrak arrive for the eve stop. The area is well lit. There definitely needs to have some landscaping around the sign area near the station. My daughter is a landscaper, and we both noticed the neglected area by the nice sign. We did enjoy seeing Oscar, as we watch the railway on the rail cam site. It was nice to be safely close to the train tracks as trains went by!
Written October 5, 2020
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Patricia C
California32 contributions
Oct 2019
This station is the closest Amtrak stop to Kirksville, MO. It serves the Southwest Chief that runs between LA and Chicago. It has been nicely rehabbed and is in good shape. Unfortunately it has no passenger services (i.e. checked baggage), only a caretaker who opens the building so people don't have to wait outside. He was friendly and helpful and even had coffee available for folks that wanted it. The station was clean!!!
Written October 19, 2019
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BruceNewcastle
Newcastle11 contributions
Jun 2018 • Solo
I've never actually been to La Plata! I came across a live feed on the internet which has cameras covering both east and west bound tracks from the station. I grew up in the UK very close to lines with steam hauled trains and that's where my interest began. When I've visited the USA I always seem to get great views of some wonderful and long (!) trains. I recall watching huge freight trains hauling through Flagstaff whilst I cooled myself down with the best tasting Guinness outside of Dublin (Ireland). I checked the route through La Plata and it's on the same line. (I'm learning). It's good to see such a variety of traffic on the line and the web coverage has chat facilities for you to contact hundreds of folks around the world who enjoy watching the feed. I hope some day to travel that line from Chicago to LA. I'll certainly stop over for a few days in La Plata : it looks as if the hotel is good for a stay there.
Written July 30, 2018
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Terri W
7 contributions
Aug 2021
This is a great place to watch trains come through the town. The station is clean and has benches you can sit and watch trains. Amtrak stops here and its a nice place to wait for the train.
Written September 4, 2021
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Traintravel1
Peoria, Illinois34 contributions
Jul 2021
This pristine station offers a nice place to catch the Amtrak train. With benches for waiting and visiting with friends .
Written July 12, 2021
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Laura W
Muscatine, Iowa, United States4 contributions
May 2021
Visiting the La Plata Station was a highlight of our trip. The station attendant was inviting and glad to tell you the history of this great building.
Written June 9, 2021
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georgina201
4 contributions
Aug 2019
Only found out about this place from watching virtual rail am so when visiting from Australia I thought I would check this place out and wasn’t disappointed.Went back down later in the evening to see an Amtrak train arrive Bob Cox invited us in to look around this historic station,thanks again Bob much appreciated!
Written August 27, 2019
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