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 as part of their Southern Transcon route from Chicago to Los Angeles. The Marciline 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. As of 2017, the station at La Plata hosts a virtual railfan camera which can be used to monitor traffic on the line.
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.
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