Amtrak Route - Midwest

Amtrak Midwest

Amtrak Route - Midwest

This listing included current and discontinued routes operated by Amtrak since May 1, 1971. Some intercity trains were also operated after 1971 by the Alaska Railroad, Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad, Chicago South Shore and South Bend Railroad, Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad, Georgia Railroad, Reading Company, and Southern Railway. The Southern Railway and D&RGW routes were taken over by Amtrak in 1979 and 1983 respectively.
 
Name Indicates Amtrak's name for the train, or in some cases the pre-Amtrak name for trains operating prior to November 14, 1971
Route The endpoints and major intermediate stops for the train. Changes to terminal stations within the same city, as well as route changes that did not modify the endpoint cities, are not shown.
Service
Began
The date Amtrak began operating the train
Service
Ended
The date Amtrak ceased operating the train
Notes Additional information concerning name changes and prior operators
Trains conveyed to Amtrak either on May 1, 1971, or afterward
Trains that are currently operating
†‡ Trains conveyed to Amtrak that are currently operating

Current Amtrak Route - Midwest
 
Name Route Service
Began
Service
Ended
Notes
Abraham Lincoln
(train) ‡
Chicago - St. Louis May 1, 1971 (1971-05-01) November 14, 1971 (1971-11-14) Inherited from GM&O Abraham Lincoln.
Milwaukee - St. Louis November 14, 1971 (1971-11-14) September 30, 1973 (1973-09-30) Replaced by Turboliner.
Chicago - St. Louis October 26, 1975 (1975-10-26) January 8, 1978 (1978-01-08) Replaced one Turboliner round trip. Replaced by the Ann Rutledge.
Ann Rutledge
(train)
Chicago - St. Louis February 15, 1976 (1976-02-15) October 30, 1976 (1976-10-30) Replaced Turboliner. Replaced by an extension of the Inter-American.
Chicago - Kansas City January 8, 1978 (1978-01-08) October 29, 2006 (2006-10-29) Replaced Abraham Lincoln.
St. Louis-Chicago portion replaced by Lincoln Service
St. Louis - Kansas City October 30, 2006 (2006-10-30) January 28, 2009 (2009-01-28) Renamed Missouri River Runner.
Arrowhead
(train)
Minneapolis - Superior, Wisconsin April 16, 1975 (1975-04-16) February 15, 1977 (1977-02-15)  
Minneapolis - Duluth February 15, 1977 (1977-02-15) April 30, 1978 (1978-04-30) Replaced by the North Star
Badger
(Hiawatha Service)
Chicago - Milwaukee October 28, 1984 (1984-10-28) October 29, 1989 (1989-10-29) Renamed Hiawatha Service.
Black Hawk
(Amtrak train)
Chicago - Dubuque February 14, 1974 (1974-02-14) September 30, 1981 (1981-09-30)  
Blue Water
(train) †
Chicago - Port Huron September 15, 1974 (1974-09-15) October 26, 1975 (1975-10-26) Renamed Blue Water Limited.
April 25, 2004 (2004-04-25) present Replaced the International Limited.
Blue Water Limited
(train)
Chicago - Port Huron October 26, 1975 (1975-10-26) June 15, 1976 (1976-06-15) Replaced the Blue Water (train).
Blue Water
replaced by Turboliner.
October 31, 1976 (1976-10-31) October 31, 1982 (1982-10-31) Replaced Turboliner.
Replaced by the International Limited.
Calumet
(train) ‡
Chicago - Valparaiso October 29, 1979 (1979-10-29) May 3, 1991 (1991-05-03) Inherited from Conrail commuter service. Unnamed until August 3, 1980.
Campus
(train)
Chicago - Champaign November 14, 1971 (1971-11-14) March 5, 1972 (1972-03-05)  
Illinois Zephyr and Carl Sandburg
(train) †
Chicago - Quincy October 30, 2006 (2006-10-30) present  
City of New Orleans
(train) †‡
Chicago - New Orleans May 1, 1971 (1971-05-01) November 14, 1971 (1971-11-14) Inherited from the Illinois Central Railroad City of New Orleans.
Replaced by the Panama Limited
February 1, 1981 (1981-02-01) present Renamed from the Panama Limited.
Texas Eagle
(train)
Chicago - San Antonio October 2, 1981 (1981-10-02) November 14, 1988 (1988-11-14) Replaced the Inter-American. Renamed Texas Eagle.
Chicago - St. Louis November 15, 1988 (1988-11-15) January 20, 1990 (1990-01-20)  
Encore
(Hiawatha Service)
Chicago - Milwaukee October 28, 1984 (1984-10-28) April 28, 1985 (1985-04-28)  
Heartland Flyer
(train) †
Oklahoma City - Fort Worth June 15, 1999 (1999-06-15) present  
Hiawatha
(Amtrak train)
Chicago - Minneapolis November 14, 1971 (1971-11-14) January 16, 1972 (1972-01-16) Renamed Twin Cities Hiawatha.
October 29, 1972 (1972-10-29) May 19, 1974 (1974-05-19) Replaced by the North Coast Hiawatha.
Hiawatha Service
(train) †‡
Chicago - Milwaukee May 1, 1971 (1971-05-01) June 15, 1976 (1976-06-15) Inherited from Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad Milwaukee Express. Unnamed until October 29, 1972.
Replaced by Turboliner.
October 29, 1989 (1989-10-29) present Renamed from the Badger, LaSalle, Nicollet and Radisson.
Hoosier State
(train)
Chicago - Indianapolis October 1, 1980 (1980-10-01) September 8, 1995 (1995-09-08)  
July 19, 1998 (1998-07-19) December 17, 1999 (1999-12-17) Replaced by the Kentucky Cardinal
July 6, 2003 (2003-07-06) June 30, 2019 (2019-06-30) Replaced the Kentucky Cardinal.
Illini
(Illini and Saluki train) †
Chicago - Champaign November 14, 1971 (1971-11-14) March 3, 1972 (1972-03-03)  
December 19, 1973 (1973-12-19) July 1, 1981 (1981-07-01)
Chicago - Decatur July 2, 1981 (1981-07-02) July 9, 1983 (1983-07-09)
Chicago - Champaign July 10, 1983 (1983-07-10) January 11, 1986 (1986-01-11)
Chicago - Carbondale January 12, 1986 (1986-01-12) present Replaced the Shawnee.
Illinois Zephyr
(Illinois Zephyr and Carl Sandburg train)
Chicago - West Quincy November 14, 1971 (1971-11-14) April 30, 1994 (1994-04-30)
Chicago - Quincy May 1, 1994 (1994-05-01) present
Indiana Connection
(train) ‡
Chicago - Valparaiso October 29, 1979 (1979-10-29) January 10, 1986 (1986-01-10) Inherited from Conrail commuter service. Unnamed until August 3, 1980.
Inter-American
(train)
Chicago - Laredo January 28, 1973 (1973-01-28) October 2, 1981 (1981-10-02) Renamed Eagle
International
(Amtrak train)
Chicago - Toronto June 13, 1983 (1983-06-13) April 25, 2004 (2004-04-25) Renamed from International Limited.
Replaced by the Blue Water
International Limited
(Amtrak train)
Chicago - Toronto October 31, 1982 (1982-10-31) June 13, 1983 (1983-06-13) Replaced the Blue Water Limited.
Renamed International
Kansas City Mule
(train)
St. Louis - Kansas City October 26, 1980 (1980-10-26) April 1, 1995 (1995-04-01)  
July 1, 1995 (1995-07-01) January 27, 2009 (2009-01-27) Replaced by Missouri River Runner
Kentucky Cardinal
(train)
Chicago - Louisville December 17, 1999 (1999-12-17) July 5, 2003 (2003-07-05) Replaced by the Hoosier State.
Lake Cities
(Amtrak train)
Chicago - Toledo August 3, 1980 (1980-08-03) April 1, 1995 (1995-04-01) Renamed from St. Clair
Chicago - Pontiac April 2, 1995 (1995-04-02) April 28, 2001 (2001-04-28)  
Chicago - Detroit April 29, 2001 (2001-04-29) April 28, 2002 (2002-04-28)  
Chicago - Pontiac April 29, 2002 (2002-04-29) April 25, 2004 (2004-04-25) Renamed Wolverine
Lake Country Limited
(train)
Chicago - Janesville June 15, 2000 (2000-06-15) September 22, 2001 (2001-09-22)  
LaSalle
(Hiawatha Service)
Chicago - Milwaukee October 26, 1980 (1980-10-26) October 29, 1989 (1989-10-29) Replaced Turboliner.
Replaced by Hiawatha Service
Alton Limited
(train) †
Chicago - St. Louis May 1, 1971 (1971-05-01) November 14, 1971 (1971-11-14) Inherited from the GM&O Limited.
Replaced by the Prairie State
Lincoln Service
(train) †
Chicago - St. Louis October 30, 2006 (2006-10-30) present Replaced the State House and the St. Louis- portion of the Ann Rutledge
Lone Star
(Amtrak train)
Chicago - Houston May 19, 1974 (1974-05-19) October 8, 1979 (1979-10-08) Renamed from Texas Chief
Loop
(Amtrak train)
Chicago - Springfield April 27, 1986 (1986-04-27) June 30, 1996 (1996-06-30)  
Marquette
(Hiawatha Service)
Chicago - Milwaukee October 26, 1980 (1980-10-26) October 28, 1984 (1984-10-28) Replaced Turboliner,
Renamed Nicolette and Radisson
Michigan Executive
(train) ‡
Detroit - Jackson January 20, 1975 (1975-01-20) June 13, 1982 (1982-06-13) Inherited from Penn Central commuter service.
Detroit - Ann Arbor June 14, 1982 (1982-06-14) January 13, 1984 (1984-01-13)
Missouri River Runner
(train) †
St. Louis - Kansas City January 28, 2009 (2009-01-28) present Renamed from the Ann Rutledge, Kansas City Mule, and St. Louis Mule
Nicollet
(Hiawatha Service)
Chicago - Milwaukee October 26, 1980 (1980-10-26) October 29, 1989 (1989-10-29) Replaced Turboliner.
Replaced by Hiawatha Service
North Star
(Amtrak train)
Chicago - Duluth April 30, 1978 (1978-04-30) April 7, 1985 (1985-04-07) Renamed from the Arrowhead (Amtrak)
Panama Limited
(train)
Chicago - New Orleans November 14, 1971 (1971-11-14) February 1, 1981 (1981-02-01) Renamed from and renamed City of New Orleans
Pere Marquette
(Amtrak train) †
Chicago - Grand Rapids August 4, 1984 (1984-08-04) present  
Prairie Marksman
(train)
Chicago - East Peoria August 10, 1980 (1980-08-10) October 4, 1981 (1981-10-04)  
Prairie State
(Amtrak train)
Milwaukee - St. Louis November 14, 1971 (1971-11-14) October 1, 1973 (1973-10-01) Replaced the Limited. Replaced by Turboliner
Radisson
(Hiawatha Service)
Chicago - Milwaukee October 26, 1980 (1980-10-26) October 29, 1989 (1989-10-29) Replaced Turboliner. Replaced by Hiawatha Service
River Cities
(train)
Kansas City - New Orleans April 29, 1984 (1984-04-29) November 4, 1993 (1993-11-04)  
Saluki
(Illini and Saluki train) †
Chicago - Carbondale October 30, 2006 (2006-10-30) present  
St. Clair
(Lake Cities Amtrak train) ‡
Chicago - Detroit May 1, 1971 (1971-05-01) May 10, 1975 (1975-05-10) Inherited from Penn Central Twilight Limited (passenger train) /Michigan.
Replaced by Turboliner
June 15, 1976 (1976-06-15) August 2, 1980 (1980-08-02) Replaced Turboliner. Replaced by Lake Cities
St. Louis Mule
(train)
St. Louis - Kansas City October 26, 1980 (1980-10-26) April 1, 1995 (1995-04-01)  
July 1, 1995 (1995-07-01) January 27, 2009 (2009-01-27) Replaced by Missouri River Runner
Shawnee
(train) ‡
Chicago - Carbondale May 1, 1971 (1971-05-01) January 11, 1986 (1986-01-11) Replaced by Illini
State House
(train)
Chicago - St. Louis October 1, 1973 (1973-10-01) October 30, 2006 (2006-10-30) Renamed Lincoln Service
Texas Chief
(train) ‡
Chicago - Houston May 1, 1971 (1971-05-01) May 18, 1974 (1974-05-18) Inherited from Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Texas Chief. Renamed Lone Star
Texas Eagle
(train) †
Chicago - San Antonio November 15, 1988 (1988-11-15) present Renamed from the Eagle (Amtrak)
Turboliner
(Service train)
Chicago - St. Louis October 1, 1973 (1973-10-01) February 15, 1976 (1976-02-15) Replaced Abraham Lincoln and Prairie State. Replaced by Abraham Lincoln and Ann Rutledge
Chicago - Detroit May 10, 1975 (1975-05-10) October 31, 1976 (1976-10-31) Replaced and replaced by Wolverine and St. Clair
Chicago - Milwaukee October 26, 1975 (1975-10-26) October 26, 1980 (1980-10-26) Replaced Hiawatha Service. Replaced by LaSalle, Marquette, Nicollet and Radisson
Milwaukee - Detroit October 26, 1975 (1975-10-26) June 15, 1976 (1976-06-15)
Chicago - Port Huron June 15, 1976 (1976-06-15) October 31, 1976 (1976-10-31) Replaced and replaced by Blue Water Limited
Twilight Limited
(train)
Chicago - Detroit October 31, 1976 (1976-10-31) May 4, 1994 (1994-05-04) Renamed from St. Clair
Chicago - Pontiac May 5, 1994 (1994-05-05) May 20, 2000 (2000-05-20)  
Chicago - Detroit May 21, 2000 (2000-05-21) August 30, 2000 (2000-08-30)  
Chicago - Pontiac August 31, 2000 (2000-08-31) April 28, 2002 (2002-04-28)  
Chicago - Detroit April 29, 2002 (2002-04-29) April 27, 2003 (2003-04-27)  
Chicago - Pontiac April 28, 2003 (2003-04-28) April 25, 2004 (2004-04-25) Merged into Wolverine
Twin Cities Hiawatha
(Amtrak train)
Chicago - Minneapolis January 16, 1972 (1972-01-16) June 12, 1972 (1972-06-12) Replaced Hiawatha.
Replaced by North Coast Hiawatha
September 8, 1977 (1977-09-08) April 30, 1978 (1978-04-30) Replaced by North Star
Wolverine
(train) †‡
Chicago - Detroit May 1, 1971 (1971-05-01) May 10, 1975 (1975-05-10) Inherited from Penn Central Wolverine. Unnamed until November 14, 1971.
Replaced by Turboliner
June 15, 1976 (1976-06-15) May 4, 1994 (1994-05-04) Replaced Turboliner
Chicago - Pontiac May 5, 1994 (1994-05-05) present  
Weekender
(Lincoln Service)
Chicago - St. Louis October 1, 1973 (1973-10-01) May 19, 1974 (1974-05-19) Replaced Abraham Lincoln and Prairie State.
Replaced by Turboliner
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