TOPEKA — Western Kansas may lose easy access to Amtrak’s Southwest Chief passenger train because of deteriorating tracks and the state’s refusal to spend tens of millions of dollars to improve them.
A new route for the Chief could include a stop in Wichita, though any decision would be years away.
Wichita was home for 11 and 1/2 years. The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe, The Rock Island and The Frisco all served the Air Capital for years in the past along with the MKT I believe. Now it is BNSF and UP and the Kansas and Oklahoma. I loved traveling by rail when I was a youngster. I spend almost five years working ballast trains and railroads are still something I love. To see my adopted hometown get passenger rail service would be great! I could ride the train from Barstow to Wichita to visit grandchildren!
President Franklin Roosevelt and First Lady, Eleanor, soon after arriving at Union Station in 1936. In the background is the Jett & Wood Mercantile Company.