Amtrak's Southwest Chief - Detour - St. Louis, MO - 10/17/04

Amtrak's Southwest Chief sits at the St. Louis Amtrak station.
Southwest Chief at St. Louis, MO

Some time ago, on October 17, 2004, Amtrak's Southwest Chief took a detour route through St. Louis, due to a train derailment on its normal route on BNSF's Marceline Subdivision, through central and northern Missouri. The Chief is seen here sitting at the old St. Louis Amtrak Station in downtown St. Louis. This image was captured from the 18th Street bridge, which is just to the west of the station. The highway bridge in the background is Interstate 64/US 40.

Today's Routing

Usually, the Southwest Chief uses the Marceline Subdivision between Kanas City, Missouri, and Fort Madison, Iowa, and then from Fort Madison heads across northern Illinois to Chicago on the Chillicoth Subdivisoin. For the detour, the Southwest Chief used either Union Pacific's Sedalia Subdivision or River Subdivision, from Kansas City to Jefferson City, Missouri. Then from Jefferson City, the train traveled on Union Pacific's Jefferson City Subdivision to St. Louis. From St. Louis the train traveled on more Union Pacific trackage, via the Springfield Subdivision to get to its final destination of Chicago, Illinois.

Photo taken on: October 17, 2004, at St. Louis, Missouri.


  1. Great unique catch! Nice shot in general.

    1. Thanks, Shelly. I happened to be out and about near Union Pacific's Jeff. City Sub., when all of a sudden the Chief rolled by. This was the only shot I could manage of it after trying to chase it into downtown.


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