CONO May be About to Resume Full Journey

Online reports indicate that Amtrak’s City of New Orleans may soon resume traveling all the way to its namesake city as soon as today.

Amtrak City of New OrleansCanadian National has been rebuilding a trestle damaged by fire on Feb. 13, which led to Nos. 58 and 59 operating only between Chicago and Jackson, Mississippi. Passengers have been traveling by bus between Jackson and New Orleans.

One report showed a photograph of a CN locomotive on the newly-repaired trestle, located along Interstate 10 near New Orleans. The report speculated that CN freights might use the bridge for a period of time to let it settle before Amtrak is permitted on it.

The Amtrak website this morning did not have any updated information as to when the City might resume serving New Orleans. A service advisory posted on the site says that the train will terminate and originate in Jackson through Feb. 29.

The service disruption is the second for the train this year. In January, the route was closed for a time due to flooding.

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