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Visit The
Silver Rails Country
Tourist Information Center
in the lobby of the

1245 N Brown St
La Plata, MO 63549

in the heart of
Silver Rails Country
10 minutes south of
Kirksville on MO-63

Phone/Fax 660-332-4669
Toll-Free: 888-814-3669

or call

Easy Access by Amtrak

American Passenger Rail
Heritage Foundation (APRHF)

APRHF Rail Rangers



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Silver Rails Country is a region of Northeast Missouri featuring many rail heritage venues and other tourist attractions. Several are right near the Silver Rails Depot Inn & Suites in La Plata while most others are within a 30 minute drive. Just a few are a little further, such as the Walt Disney Hometown Museum and the Mark Twain Boyhood Hometown, but worth the 90 minute scenic drive.

Silver Rails Depot Inn & Suites features 30 beautifully appointed and railroad theme guest rooms, including 4 luxurious themed suites. Located in the heart of Silver Rails Country, it is themed after an 1800's railroad depot and is decorated with many historic railroad artifacts making the hotel a small railroad museum in and of itself! Free shuttle service is available from the La Plata Amtrak Station for hotel guests.

Silver Rails Event Center a rail themed banquet facility for your weddings, receptions, meetings, conferences and trade shows seating up to 530 people (or 800 with auditorium seating) located in La Plata near the Silver Rails Depot Inn & Suites in the heart of Silver Rails Country.

Silver Rails Vineyards is being planted on 40 acres of land that extends from behind the Silver Rails Depot Inn & Suites all the way to the BNSF mainline and La Plata Amtrak Station. A wine tasting room is in the works along with a venue for weddings and other events in the vineyard.

Silver Rails Wine Trail features the wineries of the Silver Rails Country region as well as tasting rooms, restaurants, and other locations that feature the wines of the region. Join us for 'A Tastes of Silver Rails Wine Country' evenings in the lounge at the Depot Inn & Suites!

La Plata Railcams provide live images of the very active transcontinental BNSF mainline between Chicago and Kansas City through Missouri. The Amtrak Southwest Chief also appears in the railcam images as it stops at the La Plata Depot and passes by the APRHF Rail Lookout Cabin & Deck and the TrainWeb LLC and TrainParty.com building.

American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation (APRHF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public benefit organization whose mission is to preserve and promote the role that passenger rail played in the building of this nation. In addition to being a nationwide member and volunteer organization, it operates a number of venues in La Plata, Missouri, preserving and displaying passenger rail heritage. Click here for more information about this organization and how you can help!

The APRHF Exhibition of Amtrak History contains the entire collection of the Amtrak Historical Society, TrainWeb.com, and many other donors preserving and presenting much of the early history of Amtrak inside 2 ex-Amtrak Mail Handling Cars (MHC).

APRHF Rail Lookout Cabin & Deck a fully enclosed and heated cabin plus a deck overlooking the BNSF transcontinental mainline. It features free WiFi and electric outlets for your notebook computer. An ATCS monitor shows approaching trains from dozens of miles away plus there is a railroad scanner tuned to the local frequency providing communication between the crews and dispatchers.

APRHF Silver Rails Gallery is a permanent space in Silver Rails Country in La Plata, Missouri which displays significant works of art in the canon of railroad artistry. Established in 2010, Silver Rails Gallery will feature paintings, photographs, three-dimensional works, poetry, literature, artifacts, multimedia works, and more.

APRHF Silver Rails Shop features one of a kind photography and artwork for your home or office. In this online store you will also find railroad related gifts, books, DVD's and CD's.

APRHF Exhibits On Display at the Silver Rails Depot Inn & Suites. The APRHF rotates some of these displays so that there is always something new to see by returning guests.

APRHF Exhibition of Railroad Wood Carvings by Jackie Hadnot. THe APRHF has a number of railroad wood carvings on display by Jackie Hadnot in the APRHF Silver Rails Gallery and other APRHF venues in La Plata, Missouri.

APRHF Silver Rails Memorial Library is devoted to books, journals, videos, and other media related to railroads. Though all aspects of railroads are featured, the library has a particular emphasis on passenger rail heritage. The library has one of the largest collections of books and videos related to Amtrak and the history of Amtrak. Many are very rare volumes that are difficult to find anywhere else.

APRHF Let's Talk Trains
is a Radio Talk Show all about railroads broadcast live every Saturday at 10am PT / 11am MT / Noon CT / 1pm ET.

APRHF Rail Rangers is a special long-term outreach effort that is directed primarily at individuals and groups that own and operate private railroad cars, in addition to organizations planning private or public rail charters, railroad museums, and other similar venues. The Rail Rangers program can provide experienced and educated docents to present an onboard informative and entertaining interpretive program.

TrainWeb, LLC has its home office in La Plata, Missouri, right in the heart of Silver Rails Country. TrainWeb LLC hosts the TrainWeb.com web site and the TrainWeb.org web site as well as many other train enthusiast web sites. Most of the content of these websites is provided by and managed by APRHF volunteers for the benefit and education of the public about the nature and heritage of railroads.

TrainParty.com, a division of TrainWeb LLC, also has its home office and main warehouse in La Plata, Missouri. Call in advance to arrange a tour of the largest warehouse of railroad themed party supplies in the world!

Exhibition of Amtrak History

Rail Lookout Cabin & Deck

Silver Rails Country

Silver Rails Event Center

Silver Rails Vineyards

Silver Rails Wine Trail

APRHF Let's Talk Trains

APRHF Silver Rails Shop

APRHF Silver Rails Gallery

APRHF Depot Inn Exhibits

Jackie Hadnot Wood Carvings

APRHF Silver Rails
Memorial Library

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Photos courtesy of  Ben "Dutch" Myers, Bob Cox, Carl Morrison, Chris Guenzler, Geno Dailey, Shelli Tucker, Steve Grande, and Tom Anderson.
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