Serving Chicago, Springfield, St. Louis, Jefferson City, Kansas City and intermediate points
Amtrak train numbers: 303 and 304
Predecessor railroad train numbers: Gulf, Mobile and Ohio 18 and 19
Named for Abraham Lincoln's supposed girlfriend who died of typhoid fever in 1835, the Ann Rutledge was one of the Chicago and Alton Railroad's trains between Chicago and St. Louis, later taken over by the Gulf, Mobile and Ohio.
Unlike the Abraham Lincoln and the Alton Limited, two other trains on the route, the Ann Rutledge didn't survive into the Amtrak era. However, in the late 1970s, the state of Missouri began funding Amtrak service between St. Louis and Kansas City, on the former route of such Missouri Pacific passenger trains as the Missouri River Eagle. Amtrak rescheduled an existing Chicago-St. Louis frequencies and extended the train to Kansas City, bringing back the Ann Rutledge name in the process.
Condensed historical timetables:
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8:25A 8:15A 10:55A 8:30A Dp Chicago Ar 7:45P 9:10P 9:15P 9:40P
11:45A 11:21A 2:21P 11:48A Springfield 3:57P 5:23P 5:50P 6:21P
1:45P 1:30P 5:20P 3:00P St. Louis 2:05P 3:15P 4:00P 4:30P
----- 4:13P 7:39P 5:24P Jefferson City 10:38A 12:15P 1:02P -----
----- 7:30P 10:40P 8:40P Ar Kansas City Dp 7:35A 9:15A 10:05A -----
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