completed their seasonal
timetable update in April and May. Some northeastern train timetables
became effective in April, and many of the rest became effective May
10, 2010. If you're traveling in the near future you may want to
them out on Amtrak's website under the Timetables
added three new USA regional route
guides to the Rail Passenger USA library this month; the Hoosier State,
Lincoln Service, and the Missouri River Runner.
Hoosier State has arrived just in time to get speedway fans to the Indy 500,
classic Memorial Day weekend event in Indianapolis
that decide to make the trip by
train will arrive either on the Cardinal or the Hoosier State. The
Hoosier State supplements Amtrak's Cardinal service on the days of the
week that the Cardinal doesn't run.
Chicago, you'll pass through the Indiana towns of Dyer,
Rensselaer, Lafayette (Home of the Purdue Boilermakers), and
Crawfordsville on the way to the festivities. Currently the 150 mile
about 4 hours and gets you into Indy just before midnight.
access the Hoosier State Route Guide
click - Hoosier
or check out the Cardinal
for a much longer trip on to New York Penn Station
Lincoln Service follows the
route of the Texas Eagle between Chicago and St. Louis. It is the
route for which the State of Illinois was recently awarded $1.23
billion in Federal stimulus funds to start the highly publicized high
speed rail line between the two cities.
if things work out, Cubs and Cards players may again travel
train on their road trips between the two cities. In the
meantime, we can all still enjoy a
leisurely trip to the ball
game aboard the
Lincoln. Here's the 2010 series schedule:
13, 14 and 15
29 and 30
13, 14 and 15
24 and 25
24, 25 and 26
the map below to check out the stops the Lincoln Service makes.
|To open our new
Service Route Guide
click - Lincoln
or check out the Texas
Eagle for a journey via Missouri
Lone Star State
As a brief
aside, some old pals were sitting around in Gateway Station
between trains this spring. To pass the time, they
talking baseball and spinning a little baseball lore of their own.
Here's some of it.
back baseball Hall of
Famers Lou Boudreau (1970) and Luis Aparicio (1984) happened to run
on the road. They ended up talking baseball and reliving the good old
for hours. In fact they enjoyed each other's company so much
before parting ways they decided to
get together again in the coming off season to talk (what
more baseball. Being relatively smart men for
baseball players they agreed to
ask their spouses to join them at the meeting place of their
What identical 1 minute and 9 second long response did both
wives later send to their husbands? Click
here to view the answer.
folks, we've got to vamoose now. The Missouri River Runner has arrived
just in time to facilitate our escape.
Have mercy... no booing or hissing please... after all, how many things
life are exactly 1 minute and 9
seconds long and free?
traveled by the "Kansas City Mule" and the "St. Louis Mule" the trains
that travel this
regional route tote baseball fans and many others through the
middle of Missouri between the
metropolitan centers of St.
Louis and Kansas City.
westbound Missouri River Runner travels along the Missouri River
between St. Louis
Jefferson City, the Missouri State capitol, where it leaves
on the way to its western Missouri stops and final destination of
the map below to visit the cities, towns and villages along the way.
Enjoy the the ride and
the games baseball
fans and may your team win 'em all.
Happy Rails to You!
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