To spend time with the kids and grandkids this holiday week while still getting in necessary work days, Greg rode the Amtrak train between St. Louis and Kansas City every other day. Years ago we rode the CN railroad between Windsor and Toronto, and Greg's enjoyed the train systems in Europe and Asia during business trips, but this was the first time either of us has tried Amtrak. It was surprisingly nice - comfortable, clean, and fairly smooth.
All aboard at the Kirkwood, Missouri, station to the end of the line at KC's downtown Union Station is only about an hour longer than driving and is just about 20 minutes from Kim and Doug's house. In three trips the train was only delayed about 15 minutes total - but we're told that's not always the case! Still, we'll probably take the train more and more to enjoy the ride, save wear and tear on the cars, and avoid driving in bad weather.