Missouri River Runners Back in Service, CONO, Texas Eagle Still Have Mid Route Bus Bridges

The Missouri River Runners returned to service over their entire route on Sunday, but the City of New Orleans and Texas Eagle continue to have mid-route bus substitutions until Thursday due to flooding in the Midwest.

The St. Louis-Kansas City River Runners had been replaced by buses over their entire route, but then resumed service between Kansas City and Jefferson City.

Buses have replaced the City of New Orleans between Carbondale, Illinois, and Memphis, and have replaced the Eagle between St. Louis and Little Rock, Arkansas.

The route of the Eagle follows the Mississippi River south of St. Louis for about 20 miles. On the City of New Orleans route, the flooding has involved the Ohio River at Cairo, Illinois.

In both instances the host railroads, Union Pacific on the Eagle route and Canadian National on the City of Orleans route, embargoed traffic.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari told Trains magazine that it expected to have enough bus space available for last-minute bookings about the Eagle for travel to and from Texas.

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