Rail Transportation

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2014

    Rider's Residency: Amtrak Offers Free Long-Distance Train Rides to Writers

    For writers, there are few spaces more motivating, focusing and inspirational than a window seat on a train. Walt Disney came up with Mickey Mouse on a train. Same thing with J.K. Rowling, who says Harry Potter popped into her head fully-formed on a crowded car. And now 24 writers will get a spec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2013

    "Support Original Things": Jack Buck's Advice to New Bands Based On Its Experiences

    In this week's music feature, RFT Music talks Jack Buck, a noisy St. Louis rock band that, in its three-year tenure, put out two memorable records and made a racket on every stage that it hit. Check out the full write-up on Jack Buck, plan on catching them one last time tonight during their last St. ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 7, 2013
  • Blogs

    May 30, 2012

    Pedestrian Hit by Train in Kirkwood

    KMOV and KTVI both report that a pedestrian was hit by an Amtrak train just before 5 p.m. near Leffingwell and Scott avenues in Kirkwood (the railroad crossing at the intersection, above). The person was wearing headphones at the time, and witnesses claimed the train blew its whistle prior to the at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2011

    Receding River Allows Amtrak to Restore Full Service to Kansas City

    Amtrak: Now free to move about Missouri.​Amtrak will restore full service between St. Louis and Kansas City beginning Wednesday. Flooding along the Missouri River forced Amtrak to reduce its runs between the two cities earlier this month after Union Pacific switched more of its freight traffic ont ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2011

    Swollen Missouri River Forces Amtrak to Reduce St. Louis to Kansas City Service

    The Union Pacific line west of Jefferson City as viewed this morning.​Flood waters along the Missouri River have forced the Union Pacific railroad to divert its freight trains to a line of track the carrier shares with Amtrak. The resulting congestion has forced the passenger train to temporarily ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2011

    Missouri Lawmakers Want to Derail High-Speed Train

    The passenger train route from St. Louis to KC as seen today and the foreseeable future.​Republican legislators today rejected an attempt to place into the state budget a provision for high-speed rail linking St. Louis to Kansas City. Last month, Governor Jay Nixon announced that Missouri would bi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2011

    Nixon Wants Florida's Sloppy Seconds

    Kansas City Here I Come?​The Cardinals are scheduled to square off against the Royals in an interleague series beginning May 2 in Kansas City. Warning to all fans traveling by train: The tracks ain't exactly in perfect shape, and the schedule isn't always reliable. At least that's what Gov. J ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2011

    UPDATE: Last of the Steam-Powered Trains May Puff Into Town -- If You Cast Your Vote

    image viaThe ol' 844 steams down the track.​Update, January 18: The Little Rock Express beat out the Tuscola Turn, 76,217 votes to 73,175. Daily RFT apologizes to Tuscolans who cannot take a little trash-talking in the name of friendly competition. -------- The nineteenth century was definit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2010

    Need to Catch the MetroLink? There's an App For That!

    image via​Of course there is! Not that everybody doesn't love spending time on the MetroLink platform, but just in case, Todd Sproull, a lecturer at Washington University, has created Metro STL, an iPhone app that tells you exactly when your train will hum into the station. Well, OK, when your ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2010

    Before Amtrak Gets Fast, It's About to Get Slow

    Someone oughtta right a song about this. Oh, wait...​Beginning today Amtrak service between Chicago and St. Louis will experience several interruptions for track maintenance as part of an effort to create a high-speed route between the two cities. Passengers who use Amtrak's Lincoln Service depart ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2010

    Construction on High-Speed Rail to Chicago Underway

    Amtrak's St. Louis-Chicago route, converting to high-speed...eventually.​The dream is alive! Construction on a new high-speed rail line between St. Louis and Chicago is set to begin in September and the first 90 miles -- extending from just north of Alton to just south of Lincoln but excluding ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2010

    High-Speed Rail From St. Louis to Chicago Gets $1.1 Billion in Funds

    ​Four-hour train trips to Chicago -- at speeds hitting 110 m.p.h. -- are one step closer to becoming reality. President Barack Obama will be in Florida today to unveil how the government plans to spend $8 billion it's set aside in stimulus money for some 13 high-speed rail corridors throughout the ... More >>

  • Music

    January 13, 2010

    Bob Wayne

    9 p.m. Friday, January 15. The Fox Hole at the Atomic Cowboy, 4140 Manchester Avenue.

  • Music

    October 7, 2009

    Dr. Dog

    8 p.m. Tuesday, October 13. The Gargoyle, on the campus of Washington University, One Brookings Drive.

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2009

    Proposal Calls for Super Fast Train Connecting St. Louis to Chicago; Speeds Up to 220 m.p.h.

    midwesthsr.orgBecause no one can ever get enough news from Progressive Railroading (a.k.a. "The Rail Professionals' Information Source"), I share with you an article from last week's issue. It's about a proposed, high-speed train connecting St. Louis to Chicago. Unlike a proposal in April that calle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2009

    St. Louis to Chicago in Under Four Hours By Train

    It may be possible in the not-too-distant future. Yesterday President Barack Obama unveiled plans for a high-speed rail network throughout the United States. A Midwestern route -- with a hub based in Chicago -- could go online in 2012 connecting the Windy City with Milwaukee and Detroit. Another lin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2008

    St. Louis Gets a Grand Central Station (Sort Of)

    On Friday nights or Saturday mornings in the wee small hours, you can usually find me down at the Amshack on 16th Street waiting for the late train from Chicago. Or, rather, waiting for one particular passenger to alight from said train. It's not an especially pleasant place to pass the time: It's c ... More >>

  • News

    September 19, 2007

    The Walk

    Central West End

  • News

    February 16, 2005

    Rich McDonough

    (Wednesday night, Beale on Broadway)

  • News

    October 8, 2003


    Week of October 8, 2003

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 24, 2003

    Best Shortcut

    Sublette Avenue

  • News

    February 5, 2003

    White-Trash Junction

    Amtrak's station was supposed to be temporary -- a quarter-century ago

  • Calendar

    July 31, 2002

    Track Meet

    The Museum of Transportation throws wide its gates for a get-together