An inbound train sweeps along the elevated curve in
this photo. Clayton is its next stop inbound.
A good portion of the line between Shrewsbury and Clayton, which
includes four intermediate stations, follows an old Terminal Railroad
line. From Clayton to Forest Park-DeBaliviere, much of the
surface route follows a former Rock Island line, a route that long ago
carried passengers between St. Louis and Colorado.
To Colorado, and to Tennessee, and to Michigan. Old rail routes in
several directions are reutilized
in bits and pieces by MetroLink. It speaks to the central
location of St. Louis, and hints of the city's continuing role as a
transportation focal point.