The Obvious Problem With This Amtrak Missouri River Runner Video
On June 1 Amtrak posted a short video advertisement on Amtrak's Missouri River Runner Facebook page, and River Runner riders and Missourians immediately pointed out the obvious.
Take a look at the advertisement/post on Facebook, and see if you notice anything that seems off:
It's simple, the exterior views of the trains and the spectacular scenery of its surroundings certainly isn't Missouri. It's either Amtrak's service in California or their service in the Pacific Northwest. And people immediately started noticing it and commenting on it.
Harvey Munshaw had this to say as one of the first commenters. "Did Missouri add mountains between KC and STL in the past 10 years? Seriously though, I love the River Runner and during my college days I took it all the time between Kansas City and Warrensburg."
Joe Cordona thinks that someday there may be coastal areas of Missouri, "Maybe with global warming Missouri will be a coast one day."
And Roxanne Robertson says, "We have Amtrak. However, we certainly don't have any beaches that look like that. Nor mountains."
Now the overall aim of the video, showing that traveling on the train can be fun and comfortable isn't necessarily a bad thing. Neither is the copy that accompanies the video. "Discover world-class museums, top live shows, scenic outdoor fun & more in the Show-Me State for your Spring/Summer getaway!"
Having ridden on more than a few Amtrak trains over the past four decades I can tell you the interior shots and the interactions the people are having on the train are entirely plausible to have on the River Runner. So overall, I don't think it's a bad example of the experience you can have on Amtrak. It's just that yeah, the exterior shots of the train aren't in Missouri or even the Midwest.
That's OK though. There are some exciting things going on with Amtrak's Missouri River Runner. Such as the reinstatement of the second daily train between St. Louis and Kansas City next week, and the extension of the other train letting people travel between Chicago and Kansas City without having to change trains in St. Louis.