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Missouri River Runner crew briefing, 2016.

Color digital image showing the crew of a Missouri River Runner service (St. Louis-Kansas City) train preparing for their morning westbound run; image dates to September 18, 2016.

<i>Missouri River Runner</i> crew briefing, 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.

Prior to going over the train and boarding customers, Assistant Conductor Vanessa Sanders (l), Locomotive Engineer Eric Peterson (c) and Passenger Conductor Trainee Lane Brewer discuss safety tips and other issues.

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