|New Orleans, from my room in Hotel le Cirque on Lee Circle.|
|Westbound St. Charles car, viewed from my hotel room|
|Eastbound car, heading north (toward NOUPT) from Lee Circle; it will turn right and head for Canal St.|
|Mike Rose and I stashed our bags at the depot, rode in a taxi with Phil Bush of DC to his motel, left his bags, and walked to Canal St. to ride that car line; we'll board this car. Mike and I would be on Amtrak #58 today, and Phil on #20 tomorrow, home to DC. Canal St. streetcar extension had not been resuscitated when I was last in NOLA.|
|Phil, smile -- it's air-conditioned!|
|Canal St. meet|
|Looking back at the end of the line.|
|Foot of Canal St.; we walked around the corner to ride the Riverfront line.|
|First car to show, after a bit, was westward; we boarded, rode to end, flipped back. Turns out only one car was in service. NOPB is replacing the north track, so only 1 in service.|
|West end, Julia St.; this 2nd in-service car will follow ours east, but about 30 minutes later.|
|It's the Riverfront Line, on the river. I had ridden only a small part of it in the 1990's.|
|East end; so many people going to the Quarter were wanting to board cars (ours had filled to SRO going east), that after waiting a while, Mike and I went to the hotel visible here at left and got a taxi for the depot, as time was marching on toward our Amtrak departure time.|
|Lunch from Subway in the depot and relaxation in the Magnolia Room, then time to board #58, City of New Orleans, for its 145 pm departure.|
|Sightseer lounge was nice and cold with the A.C. Mike and I had the H room downstairs until Memphis, so we hung out here. At Memphis, we changed to two roomettes vacated there, in the dorm car.|
|Along Lake Pontchartrain|
|Greenwood is crew change and smoke stop.
I swear I saw the IC emblem and took this photo, not noticing the woman smoking .. at least she was outside!
|Old and new signage at Amtrak station.|
|Next morning we were only 13 minutes late into Chicago. This train has a lot of recovery time in its schedule. Thanks for your attention. -- Dave Ingles|
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