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BNSF Railway
Marceline Subdivision
to Kansas City Terminal Area
444.4
Congo
442.6
Sugar Creek
440.7
Cement City
442.6
Courtney
436.5
Eton
UP River Subdivision
434.0
Atherton
426.3
West Sibley
Missouri River
421.7
Floyd
NS Kansas City District
417.9
CA Junction
411.3
Henrietta
405.6
Hardin
396.6
Norborne
388.8
WB Junction
NS Kansas City District
386.4
Carrollton
374.3
Bosworth
360.7
Mendon
354.6
Rothville
349.3
West Marceline
346.9
East Marceline
Brookfield Subdivision
341.5
Bucklin
330.9
West Ethel
329.3
East Ethel
322.9
Elmer
313.2
La Plata
Southwest Chief
306.4
Gibbs
300.3
Hurdland
292.0
W Baring
282.4
Rutledge
276.8
Gorin
272.3
Wyaconda
264.8
West Medill
263.0
East Medill
Des Moines River
Missouri
Iowa
256.0
Revere
246.2
Argyle
Hannibal Subdivision
237.2
Ortho
236.2
West Fort Madison
234.3
Fort Madison
Southwest Chief
to Chillicothe Subdivision

The Marceline Subdivision or "Marceline Sub" is a railway line running about 210 miles (340 km) from Fort Madison, Iowa to Congo, Missouri (near Kansas City) in the United States of America. It is operated by BNSF Railway[1] as part of their Southern Transcon route from Chicago to Los Angeles. The Marceline Sub is a high volume link connecting the Chillicothe Subdivision in the east and the Kansas City Terminal in the west.

This subdivision is mostly double track with only one segment of single track, over the Sibley Railroad Bridge crossing the Missouri River at West Sibley. A third mainline is provided west of Eton, MO and from Hardin, MO to CA Junction by joint operation with Union Pacific and Norfolk Southern respectively. Norfolk Southern and BNSF jointly operate double track from WB Junction to Hardin.

This line has hosted passenger traffic throughout its history; currently Amtrak's Southwest Chief makes stops along the Marceline Subdivision in Ft. Madison, IA and La Plata, MO. La Plata is served by 2 Amtrak Trains per day. #4 from Los Angeles to Chicago and #3 from Chicago to Los Angeles As of 2019, the station at La Plata hosts three virtual railfan cameras which can be used to monitor traffic on the line. There is the East Cam(Default) which points towards Chicago, West cam which points to Kansas City, MO and then there is the 360 cam which was recently installed in April 2019

The Marceline Sub also features connections to two other BNSF subdivisions. The Hannibal Subdivision to St. Louis crosses just west of Ft. Madison (there are connections to this subdivision from the Chillicothe Subdivision) and the Brookfield Subdivision crosses west of Bucklin. Mileposts are counted from Chicago.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ingles, J. David (2001). Guide to North American Railroad Hot Spots. Kalmbach Publishing. p. 45. ISBN 9780890243732.