Best Spot to Photograph the St. Louis Arch

Amtrak National Limited Train We’re going all the way back to 1977 St. Louis this Throwback Thursday! That’s back when the Amtrak National Limited connected New York, Washington, D.C., and St Louis. Ahem, we even have this retro pamphlet to prove it (see more Amtrak artifacts here).

Today it’s the Texas Eagle, one of our bi-level long-distance trains, that passes the iconic Arch and Gateway to the West in St Louis. Despite it being 36 years after this throwback pamphlet was printed, the Gateway Arch remains a passenger favorite–this time on Instagram!

In fact, you love checking out the 630-foot-tall structure from our observation cars. Those are the cars that have floor to ceiling windows, giving them their nickname “sightseer lounges.” They bring daydreaming out the window to a whole new level … literally. That’s because when you’re in one you’re actually on the second floor of the train. @ray_sammons

The bonus? There’s no assigned seating, and it offers you the best spot to photograph the Gateway Arch! Check out this great shot, which was voted Photo of the Week by our fans just last week!

Besides snapping a pic of the St. Louis Arch aboard the Texas Eagle, what are some other landmarks you’ve photographed on an Amtrak train? Tell us in the comments below or tag your pics on Instagram with the hashtag #Amtrak and #TBT!

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