River Cities (train)
The River Cities at Centralia in May 1984
|Service type||Inter-city rail|
|Locale||Midwestern United States|
|First service||April 29, 1984|
|Last service||November 4, 1993|
|Start||Kansas City, Missouri|
|End||New Orleans, Louisiana|
|Distance travelled||1,014 miles (1,632 km)|
|Average journey time||22 hours|
|Train number(s)||358, 359|
|Observation facilities||Dome lounge (Carbondale—New Orleans)|
|Track gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)|
The River Cities was a passenger train operated by Amtrak between Kansas City, Missouri, and New Orleans, Louisiana, via St. Louis, Missouri. The train was combined with the City of New Orleans as far north as Carbondale, Illinois, where its cars were uncoupled. A locomotive was coupled and the train would proceed 117 miles (188 km) to St. Louis, where it joined with a Kansas City Mule. For southbound trains the procedure was reversed; cars were uncoupled from a St. Louis Mule and proceeded to Carbondale, where it joined with the City of New Orleans for the journey to New Orleans.
Amtrak ended the service on November 4, 1993, as part of national cost-cutting measures, and instituted Thruway Motorcoach service between St. Louis and Centralia, Illinois. The only city to permanently lose service was Belleville, Illinois.
- "Amtrak to Cut Back Service On 3 Lines to Save $10 Million". New York Times. October 22, 1993. Retrieved October 25, 2009.
- "NARP: November 1993 Hotlines". National Association of Railroad Passengers. Retrieved October 25, 2009.
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