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A helping hand at Kirkwood, 2016.

Color digital image showing a station volunteer assisting customers at Kirkwood, Mo., which is a stop on the Missouri River Runner service (St. Louis-Kansas City); image dates to September 18, 2016.

A helping hand at Kirkwood, 2016.

Missouri has worked with Amtrak since 1979 to fund service linking its two largest cities – St. Louis and Kansas City – with the state capital and other intermediate communities. As of 2016, the Missouri River Runner served 10 stations along a 283-mile route. The four daily trains are scheduled to allow for convenient connections with the Lincoln Service and Southwest Chief.

To celebrate 30 years of state-supported rail service, the Missouri Department of Transportation sponsored a contest to rename the train. “Missouri River Runner,” suggested by Keith Kohler of Glendale, Mo., garnered the most votes from the public. The name evokes the river that parallels much of the route.

Since 2003, local volunteers have staffed and managed the Kirkwood station. They open the depot every day, meet and greet passengers and visitors and gladly tell them about restaurants, shops and local attractions. Over the years, the volunteers have received numerous awards and special recognitions.

Photographer: Chuck Gomez for Amtrak. From the Amtrak Corporate Collection.