Amtrak in Wichita

In June, something happening in downtown Wichita. For the first time in nearly forty years, an Amtrak train arrived at the old Union Station platform. Waiting for it was a large crowd. A very large crowd. Hundreds of Wichitans gathered to get a glimpse a what is part of Wichita’s past and hopefully part of it’s future. Amtrak service to Wichita was discontinued in 1979 as part of a reevaluation of routes across the nation. Since then the only way to access passenger rail service is to drive to Oklahoma City or find your way to Newton in the middle of the night to catch the Southwest Chief. Even in recent years, the Southwest Chief’s future has been in doubt due to the need for major track improvements.

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