MO State Parks tram ride on the soon-to-be-opened Rock Island Trail State Park connecting the Katy to KC | Sedalia Democrat

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I have written before about the beauty of Missouri, especially in the fall of the year, and on Tuesday I had the opportunity to experience that beauty first hand again. My wife and I had signed up for the Katy Trail Tour the Sedalia Democrat wrote about in early September that would be taking place in several locations throughout the state in October. The tour we chose would travel on the trail from Windsor to Leeton, and back, a two-hour tram ride over the track bed that once held tracks for the Missouri Kansas Texas (MKT and Rock Island Railroad Lines) years ago.

The ride began at Farrington Park in Windsor adjacent to the Katy Trail at 1:30 Tuesday afternoon. My wife and I joined a small group of other tourists, and five members of the Missouri State Parks Department for the two-hour ride. A lady named Megan Kelly one of the park’s department staff kept a running commentary relating the history of the railroads, Henry County, and the cities of Windsor, and Leeton as we rode. As someone who loves hearing any history of Missouri I thought it added greatly to the enjoyment of the trip. I also learned some interesting facts about the area.

MoBikeFed comment: This tram ride was on the portion of the Rock Island Trail between Windsor and Pleasant Hill that will be officially opened later this year, and that is the long-awaited 47-mile trail connector between the Kansas City area and the Katy Trail.

For more information and details about the Katy-KC connector and other sections of the Rock Island Trail currently under development, visit our Rock Island Trail page: