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
Presented by Rail Travel Writers/Photographers Carl Morrison and Henry Kisor
With Guest Speaker Steve Barry of
Railfan & Railroad Magazine
Sunday-Thursday, October 21-24, 2012
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.
Workshop classes will be held Sunday through Wednesday mornings, October 21 - 24,
giving plenty of time to write and go out into the field with camera and notebook in the afternoons.
An informal optional session will be held on Saturday evening, October 20, for those that arrive early.
Railfan & Railroad Magazine
contributing editor and author of
Dining By Rail said:
Valuable insights and helpful criticism from some of rail travel writing's true heavyweights.
may want to arrive an extra day or two early for the annual Silver Rails
Train Show on Saturday, October 20, 2012, at the Silver Rails Event Center in La
$250 for all five days. Limited to 12 participants.
$150 for all five days. Those auditing the workshop participate in all workshop events including
classes and outings, but will not have their work discussed or critiqued in the
workshop class meetings.
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.)
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 notebook computers.
Participants and presenters will show and discuss their work
in the classroom sessions. Those auditing the workshop will attend but will not be showing or
discussing their work during the classroom sessions.
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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