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Operated By The American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation (APRHF)

The Exhibition of Amtrak History is located right next to the Depot Inn & Suites in an ex-Amtrak Mail Handling Car (MHC). It houses the complete collection of the Amtrak Historical Society and everything Amtrak related that has collected over its history, as well as everything that has been donated over the years. The collection is maintained by volunteers and staff of the American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation (APRHF) and the Passenger Train Historical Society (PTHS).

  • Click here for photos and report by Carl Morrison.
  • Click here for photos and report by Chris Guenzler.
  • Click here for Grand Opening Photos & Report by Chris Guenzler.
Additional railroad artifacts are also on display throughout the interior and exterior of the Depot Inn & Suites itself. Click here for photographs of some of those items. An operating Lionel Layout has been installed in the Ex-Amtrak Mail Handling Car (MHC) that is located in the car to the north of the exhibit car. There are also many other locations of interest to train enthusiasts within a short walk of the Exhibition of Amtrak History including the Chris Guenzler Millionth Mile Train Watching Lookout Cabin, the restored historic Santa Fe Depot / Amtrak Station, the Silver Rails Event Center, and the / building. Click here for information on these other locations.

The goal of the American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation (APRHF) is to build in La Plata, Missouri, an 80,000 square foot museum devoted to the American history of passenger rail. Other aspects of railroad history will also be featured. Additional educational aspects proposed by the APRHF include a museum of Missouri heritage and a pavilion of clean energy generation, especially in how each of these relates to the history and future of passenger rail travel. For more information on these proposed educational exhibits, please click here.

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Depot Inn & Suites
1245 N. Brown St., La Plata, MO 63549
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