It is boarding time at New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal for Amtrak’s City of New Orleans. It is not the only train to serve New Orleans nor is it the only train with a New Orleans angle to its name.
The New York-New Orleans Crescent also serves the Crescent City although it’s difficult to get a stronger connection than with the name the City of New Orleans.
Train No. 58 will depart at 1:45 p.m. and reach Chicago Union Station just over 19 hours later.
I’ve ridden Nos. 58 and 59 a few times in recent years. On some trips the sleeping car was at the end of the train but at other times it was behind the locomotive. On this trip the sleeper was toward the front.