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City of New Orleans

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For the city itself, see New Orleans, Louisiana.

The City of New Orleans is a passenger train operated by Amtrak between Chicago, Illinois and New Orleans, Louisiana. Before Amtrak's formation in 1971, the train was operated by the Illinois Central railroad along the same route. The 926-mile (1490 km) trip is currently completed in a scheduled 19.5 hours.

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Illinois Central's City of New Orleans

The City of New Orleans began life as the daytime companion train to the all-Pullman Panama Limited that also traveled the IC's mailine from New Orleans, Louisiana to Chicago, Illinois. The daytime run of this train made it significantly cheaper. This train was a major part of the large migration of African-Americans out of the south during the early 20th Century, as it was one of the cheaper transportation options available.

Amtrak's City of New Orleans

The City of New Orleans is a train route operated by Amtrak in the central United States.

According to Amtrak's spring-summer 2004 system timetable, daily train #59 left Chicago's Union Station at 8:00pm and made stops at:

Other uses

"City of New Orleans" is a folk music song written and first performed by Steve Goodman and subsequently by many other artists, notably Arlo Guthrie and Willie Nelson. The song lyrics trace the trail of the train route (above) in celebrating the "disappearin' railroad blues".

External links

  • Amtrak's City of New Orleans page (http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=Amtrak/am2Route/Vertical_Route_Page&c=am2Route&cid=1081256321831&ssid=136)


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