|Service type||Inter-city rail|
|Locale||Midwestern United States|
|First service||April 29, 1984|
|Last service||November 4, 1993|
|Start||Kansas City, Missouri|
|End||New Orleans, Louisiana|
|Distance travelled||1,014 miles (1,632 km)|
|Average journey time||22 hours|
|Train number(s)||358, 359|
|Observation facilities||Dome lounge (Carbondale—New Orleans)|
|Track gauge||4 ft 8+1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)|
The River Cities was a passenger train operated by Amtrak from 1984 to 1993 between Kansas City, Missouri, and New Orleans, Louisiana, via St. Louis, Missouri. It operated as a section of the City of New Orleans and the Mules.
The two trains split in Carbondale, Illinois, with the River Cities continuing 117 miles (188 km) to St. Louis, where it joined with a Kansas City Mule. For southbound trains the procedure was reversed; the River Cities would split from a St. Louis Mule and proceed to Carbondale, where it joined with the City of New Orleans for the journey to New Orleans. Before the Amtrak era, the City of New Orleans and its nighttime companion, the Panama Limited, had operated St. Louis sections that split in Carbondale.
Amtrak ended the service on November 4, 1993, as part of national cost-cutting measures, and instituted Thruway Motorcoach service between St. Louis and Centralia, Illinois. The only city to permanently lose service was Belleville, Illinois.
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