The APRHF would like to build a walking, hiking, bicycle trail connecting all of the APRHF venues that are in La Plata, Missouri.
We'd like to build a trail starting at the APRHF exhibition of Amtrak history which is the APRHF venue furthest north. The trail would run south on the old abandoned Wabash Right-Of-Way to the APRHF RailLookout Cabin and Deck. This would take the trail through the Silver Rails Vineyards, by the vineyards wedding and event area, behind the Depot Inn & Suites, and behind the La Pachanga Mexican Restaurant. The vineyard, hotel and restaurant would provide connecting paths at their own cost which will allow for additional entrance and exit points for the trail, as well as parking access.
From the APRHF RailLookout Cabin and Deck the trail will head west parallel to the BNSF active mainline until it reaches the La Plata Amtrak Station and historic Santa Fe Depot, which is maintained by the APRHF. Next to the station is an active BNSF siding and a building under consideration for conversion into the APRHF museum.
The trail will then head just a little bit south on N. Owensby St. across the BNSF mainline at grade level until it reaches E. Benton St. On E. Benton St. the trail will run east past the TrainWeb / TrainParty building. Visitors are welcome to divert a few steps from the trail and tour the railroaed related headquarters of TrainWeb / TrainParty.
The trail will continue east on E. Benton St. until it again reaches the abandoned old Wabash Right-Of-Way on the south side of what used to be a Wabash Railroad Bridge over the mainline of the Santa Fe. The trail will then continue south on the abandoned old Wabash Right-Of-Way until it reaches Downtown La Plata right where the APRHF Silver Rails Gallery, Silver Rails Memorial Library, and Silver Rails Event Center are located.This entire proposed APRHF trail is under 2 miles in length and connects all of the APRHF venues as well as other railroad related venues. Both volunteers and private contractors will be required to create this trail. The APRHF is currently seeking quotes, donations, and volunteers to build this trail.
At this time, the best way you can help out is to click here to become a member of the APRHF at the highest membership level you can afford. If you live in the La Plata area, or can spend significant time in the La Plata area, your volunteer help would also be appreciated. Click Here to volunteer. And, if you'd like to donate additional funds to this effort click here to donate or click here contact us.