Classic Streamliners - TRAINCYCLOPEDIA
The Alton Railroad inaugurated the Ann Rutledge in 1937 as a companion to the Abraham Lincoln over the St. Louis–Chicago route. The Alton named the train after Ann Rutledge, a woman from New Salem, Illinois, who may have been the first love of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln. The Ann Rutledge used the Lincoln's original lightweight equipment set, while the Lincoln received a matching set originally used by the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad's (B&O) Royal Blue. The Gulf, Mobile & Ohio Railroad (GM&O) continued the Ann Rutledge upon its merger with the Alton in 1947. The GM&O ended the Ann Rutledge on April 27, 1958.
Amtrak revived the name Ann Rutledge on February 15, 1976 for an Amfleet-equipped train on the St. Louis-Chicago, replacing a Turboliner frequency. The revival proved short-lived: on October 31 Amtrak extended the Laredo-St. Louis Inter-American through to Chicago, replacing the Ann Rutledge. In a reversal of the situation with the Alton in the 1930s, Amtrak used the Ann Rutledge's Amfleet coaches to re-equip a revived Abraham Lincoln. Amtrak revived the name again on October 30, 1977, replacing the Abraham Lincoln. Finally satisfied with the name, Amtrak operated the Ann Rutledge until 2009.
Gulf, Mobile and Ohio's "The Ann Rutledge" train No. 19 southbound, departing from Springfield, Illinois in 1957.
Peters, Walt. ["The Ann Rutledge" in Springfield, Illinois], Photograph, 1957; (http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth28602/ : accessed September 04, 2015), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, http://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Museum of the American Railroad, Dallas, Texas.
Amtrak's Ann Rutledge in Springfield, Illinois. A GE Genesis leads the train, with an Amfleet coach and two Horizon Fleet coaches visible.
By Katherine Johnson from Springfield, IL - Ann Rutledge, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9862880
The Ann Rutledge
Until spring of 2007, it had operated as part of both the Illinois Service and Missouri Service Amtrak routes along the full route between Chicago and Kansas City via St. Louis. The train service uses the same track as one other Amtrak route, the Kansas City Mule and the St. Louis Mule.
Text: wikipedia.org. Images: Public Domain; http://www.commons.wikimedia.org (unless otherwise specified) and 17 U.S. Code § 107 fair use. References: Lewis, Robert G. The Handbook of American Railroads. New York: Simmons-Boardman Publishing Corporation, 1951, 2nd Edition 1956. Site Map Contact webmaster HERE.
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