A Rail Travel Writing and Photography Workshop
for railfans, journalists, writers, bloggers and camera fans of all skill levels
at the Depot Inn & Suites, La Plata, Missouri, on the route of the Amtrak Southwest Chief
October 16-21, 2011
workshop is sponsored by the
American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation (aprhf.org)
Silver Rails Gallery
and will be taught by two noted TrainWeb field reporters—Carl Morrison, a widely
published professional photographer, and Henry Kisor, author of
a Dream Across America
and other books. Several of their rail travel reports and photos can
be viewed at
will learn skills in photographing and writing about train travel,
including on-board and trackside shooting, gathering information and
interviewing crew and passengers, tailoring stories to specific
audiences and publications. A welcome reception is on Sunday evening,
October 16, and classes will be held Monday through Thursday
mornings, giving plenty of time to write and go out into the field
with camera and notebook in the afternoons. There will be a “wrapup”
party Thursday evening, October 20.
As a bonus, all participants are invited to set up a
web account at
There you can publish rail travel reports and photos.
Instruction will be provided in creating and uploading travel reports
and photos to your new TrainWeb.org website. After this workshop you
will be able to publish—free—your rail travel reports and
photos to one of the largest online audiences of train enthusiasts.
(TrainWeb.org counts more than one million page visits per month by
over 250,000 unique visitors.)
may want to stay an extra day or two for the annual Silver Rails
Train Show October 21-22 at the Silver Rails Event Center in La
$125 for all five days. Limited to 20 participants.
Depot Inn & Suites
is providing 20 per cent room discounts to participants who
register in advance by September 15
for five to seven nights
for $75 per night plus tax. (A continental breakfast is included
in the room rate.) Total advance registration, including tuition and room:
$500.00 for five nights.)
for more information about the railroad themed luxurious Depot Inn & Suites hotel.
will be responsible
for lunches and dinners at the Red Rooster next door to the hotel or
other restaurants in the area.
must bring their own digital cameras and laptop computers. We
will show and discuss our work in the classroom.
There is much to see and do in the surrounding
Silver Rails Country when you are
not busy attending the workshop or social activities, or if you stay beyond the days of the
Click here for more information or
click here to have a map of
Silver Rails Country mailed to you.
Rental cars are available
from Enterprise Rent-a-Car in nearby Kirksville, telephone 660-665-3396.
Enterprise will bring the car to the Depot Inn & Suites. Mention Code
and get special daily rates of $34 for compact, $37 for mid-size, or $39 for standard.
shuttle service is provided from the La Plata-MO Station on the
route of the Amtrak Southwest Chief, the Ottumwa-IA Station on the
route of the Amtrak California Zephyr, and the Quincy-IL Station on
the route of the Amtrak Illinois Service. Cape Air also provides
daily air shuttle service from St. Louis to Kirksville with connections from
throughout the nation. The hotel also provides free shuttle service
from the airport, just 5 minutes from the hotel.
Click Map For Driving Directions.
Click Here For Information On Arriving By Train Or Plane
For Further Information
send email to Carl Morrison at firstname.lastname@example.org or Henry Kisor at HenryKisor@trainweb.com.
For hotel reservation questions send email to info@DepotInn.com or call
888-814-3669 toll free. For complete train, plane, car rental, hotel and workshop reservations
call 877-459-5900 toll free.
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