Denver Todd is The Gregarious Railfan
Todd Sestero is the publisher of RAILFAN GUIDES of the U.S.
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901 (population, 17,233(2016)) Mini Guide
GPS: N 36.75390, W 90.39336 Amtrak Station map
Scanner: UP Hoxie Sub North, 161.550; Hoxie Sub South, 160.875; De Soto Sub and yard, 161.475
Railroads: UP St Louis Division, Hoxie Sub
FRA Info: Crossing Inventory Report for UP, Henderson ST, PDF
Description: Poplar Bluff is a small city in Southeast Missouri that sits about halfway berween St. Louis and Little
Rock, Arkansas. It is known as "The Gateway to the Ozarks" among other names. The best railfanning is at the
Amtrak Station, a restored, former Iron Mountain (later Missouri Pacific) Depot built in 1910. Poplar Bluff is a
junction for two lines that form the northern half of UPs Texas to St Louis corridor. Empty unit trains of various
commodities will run north past the station, and most will change crews here. The normal crew change point is in
Dexter MO to the East so the presence of a crew van can indicate an upcoming crew change. The MO-ARK Regional
Railroad Museum is located about 1 block west of the station in the former Southern Missouri and Arkansas (later
Approximate # trains per 24 hours: 25-30 including Amtrak's Texas Eagle once daily in each direction.
Nearby RR stuff: The MO-ARK Regional Railroad Museum mentioned above; open only on Saturday.
Gregariousness quotient: Low
Breakfast: Huddle House, 2914 N Westwood Blvd, N 36.77863, W 90.42293
Fast Food: McDonalds, 333 S Westwood Blvd, N 36.75616, W 90.41163
Ice Cream: Baskin Robbins, 1112 W Pine St, N 36.75843, W 90.40574
Pub and Grub: Applebee's, 930 S Westwood Blvd, N 36.74849, W 90.41055
Lodging: Comfort Inn, 2582 N Westwood Blvd, N 36.75616, W 90.41163;
Super 8, Highway 67 North N 36.78805, W 90.43210
TRAINS Article: May 2018
Visitor's Center: Poplar Bluff Chamber of Commerce, 1111 W Pine St, N 36.75903, W 90.40674
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Disclaimer: I have not been to this location. Info is from TRAINS Magazine and the Internet. I would welcome
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