Posts Tagged ‘Arcadia Valley Missouri’

Texas Eagle to Miss Arcadia Valley This Month

November 9, 2017

Due to Union Pacific track work, the Texas Eagle will be missing its scheduled station stop at Arcadia Valley, Missouri for most of November.

Nos. 21/22 are being detoured between St. Louis and Poplar Bluff, Missouri, and will not be passing through Arcadia Valley between Nov. 9 and 23.

Amtrak said in a service advisory that during this period alternative service will not be provided to or from Arcadia Valley.

Arcadia Valley Station Now Open

November 21, 2016

Amtrak began serving the new station at Arcadia Valley, Missouri, this past weekend and local business leaders are expecting Amtrak service to give the region’s tourism efforts a boost.

Amtrak 4They are hoping that having an Amtrak stop will result in more businesses and jobs locating in the region anchored by Arcadia and Ironton.

Don Barzowski said the opening of the station prompted him to start a restaurant in town.

“We started talking about this restaurant maybe a year ago, that was right after Amtrak announced and we heard about other things that might be coming to the valley so we said hey, we got to get on board,” said Barzowski, part-owner of the Iron Mule in Ironton

“It gives us a lot of opportunities,” said Jesse Wren, an Ironton resident, said. “We have more people coming into our town, so we have more of a diversity coming to Ironton, instead of the same old people because we have the accessibility of the Amtrak.”

Arcadia Valley is served daily by the Chicago-San Antonio Texas Eagle,  and is one of three stops for the train in Missouri. The other stops are St. Louis and Poplar Bluff.

Arcadia Valley Amtrak Service Begins Nov. 20

November 9, 2016

Although a grand opening has been set for Nov. 17, Amtrak service to Arcadia Valley, Missouri, won’t begin until Nov. 20.

Amtrak Texas EagleThat is because delays are expected to trains arriving in Arcadia Valley on Nov. 18 and 19 due to scheduled detours between Chicago and St. Louis.

Served by the Chicago-San Antonio Texas Eagle, trains times at Arcadia Valley are westbound at 10:02 p.m. and 4:19 a.m. eastbound.

The Nov. 17 ceremony will include a platform ribbon cutting and open house at 2 p.m. Some participants will board a chartered bus to St. Louis and ride the Eagle back to Arcadia Valley to participate in another ceremony.

The Arcadia Valley station is a brick depot built in 1941 by the Missouri Pacific to serve Arcadia and Ironton.

After its purchase by a community group in 2006 it became a visitors center and museum.

Arcadia Valley Amtrak Station to Open Nov. 17; Cincinnati Temporary Facility Opens in December

November 5, 2016

A grand opening and ribbon cutting has been set for Nov. 17 at the new Arcadia Valley, Missouri, Amtrak station.

Amtrak 4The event will be held at 2 p.m., but the first train won’t arrive until 10:30 p.m. that night.

The station, located in Arcadia, Missouri, will be served by the Chicago-San Antonio Texas Eagle.

The new station features a new platform and station facilities, although it uses a former Missouri Pacific passenger depot.

In other Amtrak station news, the temporary Amtrak Station at Cincinnati Union Terminal is expected to begin operations in December.

Parking for passengers will be available on Kenner Street with access to the boarding platform being provided via a temporary structure that will lead to the current Amtrak platform. Arrangements are being made to assist handicapped passengers up the ramp.

CUT is being remodeled over the next couple of years but Amtrak’s Chicago-New York Cardinal will continue to stop there.

Arcadia Eyes Nov. 18 as Amtrak Startup Date

October 21, 2016

Arcadia Valley, Missouri, is eyeing a Nov. 18 date to become a regular stop for the Texas Eagle.

Although the station facilities there need to pass an inspection, city officials are optimistic that the start of service is less than a month away.

Amtrak Texas EagleThe inspection will be conducted to ensure that the station facilities meet ADA standards.

Carol Kelsheimer, president of Our Town Tomorrow, said complying with those standards has been costly. She noted that one Amtrak sign alone costs $1,900

“It’s hard to have a budget when every time you turn around, somebody else comes in and says, ‘OK, you’ve got to have three instead of two and that’s another $2,000.’ Another thing we want to do, but we may have to wait on because of the cost is resealing the parking lot, adding some more parking in front of the caboose and striping,” Kelsheimer said.

Kelsheimer said officials hope to have a grand opening on Nov. 18 to mark the arrival of the first Eagle at 10:30 p.m.

The train to San Antonio is expected to arrive in Arcadia Valley at 10:30 p.m. while its Chicago-bound counterpart is expected to arrive between 4:30 and 5 a.m.

The Texas Eagle has other stops in Missouri at St. Louis and Poplar Bluff.

Kelsheimer said a group of railroad enthusiasts from St. Louis is expected to ride the first train to stop in Arcadia Valley. The group will return to St. Louis by bus after touring the museum in Arcadia.

The coming of Amtrak is expected to spur economic development.

“We’ve just had the Iron Mule restaurant open over the weekend and then we’ve got another restaurant that we just signed a contract with,” said Sandy Francis, director of Partnership Development for Iron County Economic Partnership. “We have one company — they haven’t actually submitted their bid yet — but they’re going to be working on getting a rental car agency that we need here.”

Francis said residents of nearby Fredericktown and Farmington are excited about the Amtrak stop getting started.

Kelsheimer said a local businessman in town has a shuttle service and he plans to serve the Amtrak station for a year by taking people to local motels and then bringing them back.

“He’s also opened up a tour company and he’s already set up a website and I think he has maybe four tours planned. One is a battle tour and one is a wine tour that takes you to Caledonia and back. One of Elephant Rocks State Park and one that’s just a general Arcadia Valley tour that takes in a lot of the historic sites downtown,” she said.

Arcadia Valley has been working for five years to get the Amtrak stop established.

Arcadia Valley Amtrak Station Nearly Finished

September 26, 2016

The new Amtrak station for Arcadia Valley, Missouri, is almost complete and officials are hoping that service can begin as early as late October.

Amtrak Texas EagleThe station is in the southeastern section of the state would be served by Amtrak’s Chicago-San Antonio Texas Eagle.

The platform and and lighting has been installed and the final touches were being put on the fencing. Workers will soon begin work on the the parking lot.

The process to establish a station began in 2012 with local officials working with Amtrak, the Missouri Department of Transporation, Union Pacific and the city of Arcadia.

Much of the work has been spearheaded by a community action group, Our Town Tomorrow.

Arcadia Valley Station Work to Start Soon

June 8, 2016

Construction is expected to begin soon on a platform in Arcadia Valley, Missouri, that will be used by Amtrak’s Texas Eagle.

The platform and its accompanying fencing and light fixtures are expected to match the design of the former Missouri Pacific passenger station next to the Union Pacific tracks used by the Chicago-San Antonio train.

Amtrak 4The Eagle is expected to stop in Arcadia Valley at about 10:30 p.m. southbound and 4:30 a.m. northbound once service begins.

Community leaders are attempting to recruit volunteers to care for the station, which will not be staffed by an Amtrak agent.

The platform will be 300 feet in length. The station will have a lift for wheelchair access, and ADA compliant sidewalks, entrances, bathrooms and parking.

Passengers will be able to wait in the former MoPac station.

Arcadia Valley Breaks Ground to Construct Platform to be Used as New Texas Eagle Stop

May 5, 2016

A ground breaking ceremony was recently held for a new Amtrak stop to serve Arcadia Valley, Missouri, which is located on the route of the Chicago-San Antonio Texas Eagle.

Officials said the Eagle might be stopping in Arcadia as soon as the end of the summer.

Amtrak Texas EagleThe city’s former Missouri Pacific station is now used by the chamber of commerce and is expected to be used by Amtrak.

But first a platform needs to be built and the ground breaking event marked the state of that work. The ceremony was attended by a crown of about 100.

“It’s taken a long time,” said Arcadia Mayor Roy Carr. “I didn’t think when they started this that it would ever materialize, but I believe it will now.”

Also speaking at the ceremony was Marc Magliari, an Amtrak manager of media relations.

“As America’s railroad we connect the small and large together,” he said. “We have more than 30 million passengers every year riding Amtrak trains. This train — the Texas Eagle — will take you without a change of seats all the way to San Antonio and then four days a week all the way to Los Angeles. Going the other way, of course, we go to St. Louis and there you can make connections or stay on the Texas Eagle and go on to Chicago every day.”

Magliari recalled being contacted by Carol Kelsheimer of Our Town Tomorrow about the Arcadia Valley project.

“Of the 20,000 or so Amtrak employees only about 10 of us have phone numbers people can find on the Internet,” he said. “A few years ago my phone rang and on the other end of that was Carol. Carol says, ‘We want a stop in the Arcadia Valley.’

“Now, I get calls like this every so often and there are people who have been working to get a stop for a very long time who have yet to have a groundbreaking, but because of Carol, your elected officials and our partners with the Missouri Department of Transportation — a little bit because of that settlement from Ameren — we are here today.”