Riding the City of New Orleans

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Riding the City of New Orleans

Unread postby ConrailDetr​oit » Sat Jan 20, 2018 5:06 am

December 29th, 2017

Memphis, Tennessee

The City of New Orleans arrives at dawn.

ImageAmtrak City of New Orleans - Memphis, Tn by tcamp7837, on Flickr

Heading south into the Mississippi Delta, most of the view is flat farmland as pictured below. Passing through rural, small towns that are very run-down makes this a boring, depressing, train ride through northern Mississippi. The track is CN, ex Illinois Central single track with sidings.

ImageMississippi Delta Farmland by tcamp7837, on Flickr

ImageRiver in Mississippi by tcamp7837, on Flickr

Marks, Mississippi

ImageMarks, Mississippi by tcamp7837, on Flickr

Greenwood, Mississippi

ImageGreenwood, MS by tcamp7837, on Flickr

ImageGreenwood, MS Tracks by tcamp7837, on Flickr

ImageGreenwood, MS by tcamp7837, on Flickr

ImageAmtrak - Greenwood, MS by tcamp7837, on Flickr

ImageStone Load by tcamp7837, on Flickr

ImageGreenwood, MS by tcamp7837, on Flickr

Something on Fire

ImageMississippi Fire by tcamp7837, on Flickr

Grain Train

ImageUP Grain Train in Mississippi by tcamp7837, on Flickr

Some type of agricultural product in the process of loading into a hopper.

ImageHopper Loader by tcamp7837, on Flickr

Blight

ImageMississippi Blight by tcamp7837, on Flickr

Yazoo City, Mississippi

ImageAmtrak - Yazoo City, MS by tcamp7837, on Flickr

ImageJunk - Yazoo City, MI by tcamp7837, on Flickr

ImageJunk Yard - Yazoo City, MS by tcamp7837, on Flickr

Jackson, Mississippi

ImageJackson, Mississippi by tcamp7837, on Flickr

ImageCN Jackson, MS Terminal by tcamp7837, on Flickr

CN Track Evaluation Car

ImageCN Track Evaluation Car - Jackson, MS by tcamp7837, on Flickr

GTW 5820 switching the yard in RC service.

ImageGTW 5820 - Jackson, MS by tcamp7837, on Flickr

ImageAmtrak - Jackson, MS by tcamp7837, on Flickr

ImageStandard Life - Jackson, MI by tcamp7837, on Flickr

ImageJackson, MS by tcamp7837, on Flickr

The Bayou

ImageMississippi Bayou by tcamp7837, on Flickr

Hazlehurst, Mississippi

ImageHazlehurst, MS Caboose by tcamp7837, on Flickr

Hammond, Louisiana

Illinois Central maintenance equipment - crane and flatcar.

ImageIllinois Central Crane by tcamp7837, on Flickr

ImageIllinois Central Equipment by tcamp7837, on Flickr

High flood-risk swampland south of Ponchatoula, Louisiana. The tracks have been underwater after a few of the past hurricanes.

ImageLouisiana Swamp by tcamp7837, on Flickr

Manchac, Louisiana

ImageManchac, LA by tcamp7837, on Flickr

Lake Ponchartrain

ImageLake Ponchartrain by tcamp7837, on Flickr

New Orleans skyline across Lake Ponchartrain

ImageNew Orleans across Lake Ponchartrain by tcamp7837, on Flickr

I-10 Causeway

ImageI-10 by tcamp7837, on Flickr

Cancer Alley, Louisiana. Referred to the 90 petrochemical plants between Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

ImageCancer Alley Louisiana by tcamp7837, on Flickr

New Orleans Amtrak Shops

ImageNew Orleans Amtrak Shop by tcamp7837, on Flickr

January 1st, 2018

New Orleans, Louisiana

Amtrak 506 at New Orleans Union Station

ImageAmtrak 506 - New Orleans by tcamp7837, on Flickr

Flood Control Ditch

ImageNew Orleans Flood Control by tcamp7837, on Flickr

East Bridge Jct Tower

ImageEast Bridge Jct Tower by tcamp7837, on Flickr

CN Mays Yard

ImageCN Mays Yard - Harrahan, LA by tcamp7837, on Flickr

Flood Levee

ImageLouisiana Levee by tcamp7837, on Flickr

Lake Maurepas

ImageLake Maurepas - Manchac, LA by tcamp7837, on Flickr

January 2nd, 2018

Moonset in central Illinois

ImageMoonset - Central Illinois by tcamp7837, on Flickr

Homewood, Illinois

ImageAmtrak - Homewood, IL by tcamp7837, on Flickr

CN Markham Yard

ImageCN Markham Yard by tcamp7837, on Flickr

ImageSouth Chicago Suburbs by tcamp7837, on Flickr

Chicago, Illinois

ImageChicago by tcamp7837, on Flickr

16th St Tower

Image16tth St Tower - Chicago, IL by tcamp7837, on Flickr

BNSF, UP, and Metra Engines

ImageBNSF & Union Pacific - Chicago, IL by tcamp7837, on Flickr

ImageBNSF & Metra - Chicago, IL by tcamp7837, on Flickr

Chicago Skyline

ImageChicago in Winter by tcamp7837, on Flickr

The train pulls onto the BNSF Racetrack and then shoves into the south end of Union Station.
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Re: Riding the City of New Orleans

Unread postby DaveO » Sat Jan 20, 2018 10:04 am

Through good neighborhoods and bad, the train sees it all.
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Re: Riding the City of New Orleans

Unread postby Jetlink » Sat Jan 20, 2018 10:19 am

The agricultural commodity being loaded is cottonseed. Some of it ends up in Michigan. It is blended as a feedstock component in livestock rations.
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Re: Riding the City of New Orleans

Unread postby Pixl » Sat Jan 20, 2018 12:07 pm

Very good photos, thanks.
I can hear the music as I scrolled thru your pictures.

All along the southbound odyssey
The train pulled out at Kankakee
And rolls along past houses, farms and fields
Passin' trains that have no names
And freight yards full of old black men
And the graveyards of the rusted automobiles

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Re: Riding the City of New Orleans

Unread postby hoborich » Sun Jan 21, 2018 9:35 pm

Great photos and probably the greatest train song ever written.

Nighttime on the city of New Orleans
Changing cars in Memphis, Tennessee
Half way home, we'll be there by morning
Through the Mississippi darkness
Rolling down to the sea.
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