The Gregarious Railfan
Sugar Creek, MO   64054  (population 3339)    Page 2

GPS:  N 39.12766, W 94.43774

Scanner:  (?)

Railroad:  BNSF Chicago Division, Marceline Sub

Description:  The grade crossing on Cement City Rd of the BNSF triple track main (GPS co-ords above) is a busy
place seeing almost 100 trains a day on the Transcon into Kansas City from Chicago. Parking is limited but not
impossible in this rural setting in North Sugar Creek.  The grade crossing has a former Santa Fe station located there,
still used by BNSF MoW and also a cantilevered signal bridge for westbound train traffic. The road parallels the tracks
for some distance, so there are many photographic opportunities there.  Birmingham Junction is a mere 3 - 4  miles
away and Kansas City is less than 10 miles away, so this location has much to offer.
Note: At least one railfan online reports that the local police are NOT railfan friendly. I won't put all my faith in
one report, but from looking at Google satellite view, there is not much opportunity to park except on railroad
property so make sure not to be in a place that hinders railroad employees or local traffic, and be as unobtrusive and
polite as needed. Remember this can and probably will be construed as trespassing  But you knew that.

Approximate # of trains in 24 hours:  100 (FRA)

Nearby RR stuff:  Birmingham Junction N 39.17064, W 94.45037; Kansas City Union Station N 39.084169,
W 94.58480

Gregarious Quotient:  Low

Breakfast:  Denny's, south along SR-291, N 39.07437, W 94.37976

Fast Food: McDonalds and others are located along US-24 just to the south. N39.10228, W 94.43676

Ice Cream:  Clinton's Soda Fountain, 100 W. Maple, Independence MO N 39.09274, W 94.41583 - On the Square in
Independence Missouri 3 miles south

Pub and Grub:  Cuzzy's Place on N Sterling Ave just south of Cement City Rd. N 39.11610, W 94.44466

Lodging:  Best Choices along I-70 6 miles to the south, most major chains
Denver Todd is The Gregarious Railfan
Todd Sestero is the RAILFAN GUIDES of the U.S.      
“The poor have sometimes objected to being governed badly; the rich have always objected to being governed at all.”
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
Disclaimer: I have not been to this location. Info is from the Internet.  I would welcome pictures, additions, or
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