Hello Jackson

I’m standing at the end of the last car on Amtrak’s northbound City of New Orleans as it arrives into Jackson, Mississippi, for its daily stop en route to Chicago.

This is a crew change point and the train dwells here for several minutes.

In my experience, Jackson also features a fairly high turnover of coach passengers. That is far less the case in the sleeping car.

Jackson station is a combination of the old and the new. The site is the former Jackson Union Station, which primarily was used by the Illinois Central.

Yet at the platform level it is obvious that the station has been modernized.

In the Amtrak era Jackson has never had more than two trains a day, Nos. 58 and 59. Both are scheduled to arrive during daytime hours.

But even on the eve of Amtrak, the passenger train count wasn’t much higher, being limited to the IC’s City of New Orleans and Panama Limited.

Amtrak has used both of those train names at various times over the years with CONO seemingly the name on which the carrier has settled.

Like so many cities served by Amtrak, things don’t seem to change much with the train service. But at least they still have something to ride.

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