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Locomotive engineer on the Missouri River Runner, 2016.

Color digital image showing an engineer operating P-42 diesel-electric locomotive No. 64 on a Missouri River Runner service (St. Louis-Kansas City) train; image dates to September 18, 2016.

Locomotive engineer on 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.

In this image, Locomotive Engineer Eric Peterson operates the morning westbound train. The engineer is responsible for operating the locomotive or cab control car safely and efficiently and must know intimately the physical characteristics of the territory over which he or she operates, including the track configuration, allowed speeds, signal systems and station locations.

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