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Date: 02/22/21 10:57
From the vestibule - MP station in Poplar Bluff
Author: gcm

June 81
Northbound on the Inter-American at the Missouri Pacific station in Poplar Bluff,Mo.
The station was built in 1910 by the St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railway.
Missouri Pacific took it over in 1917 and not to long after these shots, the station would be used by the Union Pacific.
It's still there today.

Gary

 








Date: 02/22/21 11:11
Re: From the vestibule - MP station in Poplar Bluff
Author: twropr

Is the junction with the line from Dupo the track on left in the background?
thanks
Andy



Date: 02/22/21 11:19
Re: From the vestibule - MP station in Poplar Bluff
Author: SPJoe

Nice collection of shots Gary. Hard to believe that 81' is already 40 years ago.
 
Joe
 



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/22/21 11:20 by SPJoe.



Date: 02/22/21 11:39
Re: From the vestibule - MP station in Poplar Bluff
Author: gcm

twropr Wrote:
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> Is the junction with the line from Dupo the track
> on left in the background?
> thanks
> Andy

Looks like it goes to Dexter and beyond.
Gary



Date: 02/22/21 12:16
Re: From the vestibule - MP station in Poplar Bluff
Author: gcm

SPJoe Wrote:
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> Nice collection of shots Gary. Hard to believe
> that 81' is already 40 years ago.
>  
> Joe

Thanks - time is flying by - even in these bad times.
Gary



Date: 02/22/21 12:21
Re: From the vestibule - MP station in Poplar Bluff
Author: refarkas

You have one of the best collections of passenger train/passenger car/station photos I have seen.
Bob



Date: 02/22/21 12:26
Re: From the vestibule - MP station in Poplar Bluff
Author: Hou74-76

Are you standing on the vestibule of the Eagle Cliff?  A Mop car at a Mop depot, hmmmm nice.



Date: 02/22/21 13:49
Re: From the vestibule - MP station in Poplar Bluff
Author: gcm

Hou74-76 Wrote:
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> Are you standing on the vestibule of the Eagle
> Cliff?  A Mop car at a Mop depot, hmmmm nice.

Exactly !
Another great trip on Bert Dockall's car.
I guess the Eagle Cliff passed this way many a time.
Gary



Date: 02/22/21 13:52
Re: From the vestibule - MP station in Poplar Bluff
Author: RodneyZona

Old MP RR St. Louis, MO based passenger traion and engine crews worked to and from  Poplar Bluff, MO.
 



Date: 02/22/21 13:58
Re: From the vestibule - MP station in Poplar Bluff
Author: Topfuel

Hou74-76 Wrote:
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> Are you standing on the vestibule of the Eagle
> Cliff?  A Mop car at a Mop depot, hmmmm nice.

Also looks like the PV ex-SAL 10-6 sleeper Charlotte is ahead of the Eagle Cliff.  That car went to mexico circa 1986 if I remember correctly.



Date: 02/22/21 14:23
Re: From the vestibule - MP station in Poplar Bluff
Author: gcm

Topfuel Wrote:

> Also looks like the PV ex-SAL 10-6 sleeper
> Charlotte is ahead of the Eagle Cliff.  That car
> went to mexico circa 1986 if I remember correctly.

You're right, that is the Charlotte.
We were going to St.Louis with a full load so the Charlotte was leased for extra sleeping space.
I didn't know it went to Mexico.
Gary



Date: 02/22/21 17:38
Re: From the vestibule - MP station in Poplar Bluff
Author: Conch

I remember passing here on the Texas Eagle in 1961. Don't recall stopping but we might have.

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Date: 02/22/21 18:31
Re: From the vestibule - MP station in Poplar Bluff
Author: SCKP187

Nice photos  Thanks for showing them.  There hasn't been many photos of Poplar Bluff over the past years.
Brian Stevens



Date: 02/22/21 18:56
Re: From the vestibule - MP station in Poplar Bluff
Author: krm152

A very nice mini documentary series of the Poplar Bluff depot.
Thanks for the comment on its present status.
ALLEN



Date: 02/22/21 19:20
Re: From the vestibule - MP station in Poplar Bluff
Author: czephyr17

twropr Wrote:
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> Is the junction with the line from Dupo the track
> on left in the background?
> thanks
> Andy

Yes, in the second and third pictures. Passenger trains coming off of that line would have back into the depot.

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Date: 02/22/21 20:21
Re: From the vestibule - MP station in Poplar Bluff
Author: UP951West

The Eagle Cliff was one of my favorite pass. cars. Got to ride on it several times. Thanks for posting these slides.
Where is the Eagle cliff now ? 
--Kelly

gcm Wrote:
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> Hou74-76 Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Are you standing on the vestibule of the Eagle
> > Cliff?  A Mop car at a Mop depot, hmmmm nice.
>
> Exactly !
> Another great trip on Bert Dockall's car.
> I guess the Eagle Cliff passed this way many a
> time.
> Gary



Date: 02/23/21 01:28
Re: From the vestibule - MP station in Poplar Bluff
Author: gcm

I believe the Eagle Cliff is now in Austin.
Gary



Date: 02/23/21 05:28
Re: From the vestibule - MP station in Poplar Bluff
Author: mp51w

The waiting room in that station is pretty sad!  I took this photo 10 years ago.
It seems to me, that Amtrak recently eliminated the caretaker and access to this minimal space.
When I rode the Eagle the night I took this photo, there was a younger guy there, who I presumed
was the caretaker, nursing a six pack that was stashed under one ot the plastic chairs.
It was kind of a sad place, and those stairs up to main street were in terrible shape!




Date: 03/02/21 21:41
Re: From the vestibule - MP station in Poplar Bluff
Author: Arkrail

Some work has been done on restoring the station, and the "Iron Mountain stairs" up to main street have been totally rebuilt.  Back in the day (1972 in my case) at the top of the stairs was the Dunn Hotel, a somewhat legendary-or infamous-crew layover point.  Its all just a vacant lot up there now.  The Eagle Cliff I believe is going to stay with the Austin Steam Train after Bert's passing a year or so back.

Bill Pollard



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