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Spotting a train at St. Louis, 2016.

Color digital image showing an assistant conductor helping to spot a Missouri River Runner service (St. Louis-Kansas City) train at the St. Louis station; image dates to September 18, 2016.

Spotting a train at St. Louis, 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, Assistant Conductor Vanessa Sanders helps spot the train on the platform at the St. Louis Gateway Transportation Center before the morning westbound departure. Missouri River Runner trains generally use Horizon coach cars built by Bombardier that began entering service in 1989.

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