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 >>
Yes, that headline is accurate: Amtrak has lost $834 million on food service over the past ten years, an audit by the Government Accountability Office has revealed. Seems like the national rail line's food-service workers get a little peckish and a little sloppy on those long hauls across the countr ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Not just a New York Times bestseller, but a St. Louis bestseller, too!Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending April 3, as compiled by the St. Louis Independent Booksellers Alliance and based on sales at Left Bank Books, Main Street Books, Pudd'nhead Books, Subterranea ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
Would MetroLink expansion be worth the cost, or just another, well, trainwreck?The conservative think tank Show-Me Institute dispatched an op-ed column to local media on Friday blasting Metro's plans to expand light-rail in the region. Coincidentally (or not), Friday was also the day Metro presen ... More >>
And it might sell some train tickets, too.
(Local synthrockers the Pragmatic are currently in Portugal playing the Optimus Alive 09 fest, which is one of the country's biggest events. The band is keeping a diary for us about its travels. Here's the first installment!) Its been a long trip but we made it. None of us could sleep very well o ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
Venue: Piano’s Location: New York, NY Date: 06.15.08 Eric E., Kiley, and I rolled out of bed early to get a ride from Donna to the train station. The three of us were headed into New York early to hang out with some friends and check out the city. After an hour and half train ride, we got dumpe ... More >>
Now open at 6016 Delmar Boulevard -- a few blocks east of Skinker, across from the old train station -- is Pam's Chicago-Style Dogs & More. The menu includes hot dogs, of course, as well as tamales, breakfast fare (slingers!) and, yes, deep-fried Twinkies. Pam's is open 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 6 a ... More >>
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 >>
Transit chief Larry Salci knows he has his critics. Ask him if he cares.
Unreal goes (ugh!) holiday (groan!) shopping and surfs over to our Local Blog o' the Week; plus, we continue to fight the good fight for our beloved train-trailer
We lament the impending doom of our beloved train-trailer, talk to a guy with some great squirrel recipes and go to jail. Plus: Can taking Communion give you the flu?
Frison Flea Market
Even with the radiant Gong Li, Zhou Yu's Train's a wreck
We get political with Kerry and Dean, feel the bite of a "Mad Dog" and discover something amazing about Prius ownership. Plus, confidential to Unreal readers: Parking downtown is easy!
If you're young and female, New York Minute is your movie
Amtrak's station was supposed to be temporary -- a quarter-century ago