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Boarding the Missouri River Runner with a bicycle, 2016.

Color digital image showing a passenger with a bicycle boarding a Missouri River Runner service (St. Louis-Kansas City) train; image dates to September 18, 2016.

Boarding the <i>Missouri River Runner</i> with a bicycle, 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.

As on many trains across the country, customers may carry bicycles on the Missouri River Runner with a reservation. Bicycles must be stored in designated racks within the body of the car. Amtrak greatly expanded its Bikes on Trains program starting in 2015. In this image, Passenger Conductor Trainee Lane Brewer assists customers at Kirkwood.

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