Branson Scenic Railway - pics of a GREAT time!

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by Eddie Landreth, Jun 19, 2004.

  1. We spent the week at Branson, Missouri this week, and one of the highlights of the trip was taking a 2-hour ride on the excursion train provided by the Branson Scenic Railway (BSRX). So, here’s a little narrative of the trip along with some photos.

    The entire consist was made up I believe of 8 or 9 passenger type cars with the F9 on the head end and a GP30M on the tail end. At the start of the excursion, the F9 leads the way. At the half way point, the GP30M takes over and we go in the same direction we came from, only we’re now being led by the GP30M.

    What was really nice was that there were only about 30 or so people on the entire train, so in many of the cars, we were the only ones in there as we moved about exploring the train. Talk about feeling like VIPs!

    At the head end of the consist is BSRX #98, an F9. Isn’t it a beautiful sight? Was thrilled to see that an old F unit is still being put to good use.


    Here’s another shot of the head end of the consist, showing the F9 at the tip of the depot spur track waiting to enter the mainline. The main is the former Missouri Pacific main, now owned and maintained by the Missouri & North Arkansas (MNA) and the BSRX operates with a warrant over the MNA trackage using MNA engineers.


    Here’s a pic of the GP30M:


    Here’s a pic of me and the Mrs. in one of the dining cars as the train speeds through a rock cut (you can see the slate walls of the cut through the window). We’re having FUN!


    And here’s a pic of my whole clan in one of the vista dome cars. There was a roving train employee offering to take pics of families.


    Here’s a pic of the train heading into 1 of the 2 tunnels on the route.


    Here’s a pic of the train as it passes over one of the trestles with the valley far below. Was kinda spooky:


    Another trestle shot:


    And yet another trestle shot:


    All in all, a wonderful time. If you ever get to Branson, put this high on your list of things to do.
  2. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    I didn't get a good look at the dome car, but it looks like it might be an ex Santa Fe Super Chief car. Beautiful Country. I need to retire so I can have the time to travel around the country taking some of these train rides. Nice pics! I wish I was there.
  3. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    Thanks for taking us along for the ride Ed! Nice photos of what looks like a great train trip!
  4. Woodie

    Woodie Active Member

    Looks like it was a great ride, Eddie. Fab pics too. :)
  5. roryglasgow

    roryglasgow Active Member

    Those are some great pics, Eddie! We've been on the Branson Scenic Railway twice. The second time was when Thomas the Tank Engine visited a few weeks ago. For anyone who hasn't gone, I wholeheartedly recommend it. The Ozarks are beautiful, and the ride is well worth it just for the scenery.

    Here are the pics we took on our recent trip:
  6. OhioRailroader

    OhioRailroader New Member

    Great pics! Ahhhhhhhh a GP30. Awesome! I will have to visit ASAP.
  7. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    Great to see the gang having fun Eddie, looks like a great ride on great equipment!!
    Thanks for the pics.
  8. Fred_M

    Fred_M Guest

    I'm glad to here you enjoyed the little train ride down here in god's country. Come back anytime. I'm glad you got the tunnel (south) ride, it's great. Fred
  9. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :cool:
  10. Clerk

    Clerk Active Member

    Thanks for the trip Ed. You have a beautiful family there. :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
  11. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    Looks like you all had a good time Eddie. Very nice photos
  12. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Great stuff Eddie!! It's nice that your family was into it too. Looks like you all had a great day! I really like that moody rainy shot, and the trestle photo's are great too!!

  13. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Looks like a lot of fun was had by all... :thumb: :thumb:


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