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Along the route of the Missouri River Runner, 2016.

Color digital image showing the view from the back of a westbound Missouri River Runner service (St. Louis-Kansas City) train; image dates to September 18, 2016.

Along the route of the <i>Missouri River Runner</i>, 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.

This view from the back of a westbound train between Kirkwood and Hermann shows the picturesque countryside through which the train passes. Fog often rolls off the nearby Missouri River, and customers can at times catch glimpses of bald eagles overhead.

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