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Skirting the Missouri River at Hermann, 2016.

Color digital image showing the morning westbound Missouri River Runner service (St. Louis-Kansas City) train departing Hermann; image dates to September 18, 2016.

Skirting the Missouri River at Hermann, 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.

Known for its beautiful natural setting, rich German cultural heritage, numerous vineyards and walkable downtown, Hermann attracts visitors from across the Midwest. The ease of accessing the community via the Missouri River Runner figures prominently in the town's tourism promotion efforts.

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