City of New Orleans Route Atlas

Amtrak Route Description

The following has been extracted from Amtrak’s “City of New Orleans” Route Description.

“Your journey on the City of New Orleans takes you through the heart of our nation’s musical heritage – from Chicago with its world-class Chicago Symphony Orchestra and still vibrant electric blues scene, to Beale Street in Memphis. Then, travel the history-laden musical crossroads of Mississippi to New Orleans – the birthplace of jazz. You’ll be riding in the shadows of giants of American music like Louis Armstrong, Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters and Elvis Presley.”

The rail travel distance between Chicago and New Orleans via the City of New Orleans is about 935 miles and the rail travel time is approximately 19 and 1/2 hours.

Ray says that the popular song “City of New Orleans” was written by the late Steve Goodman and popularized by Arlo Guthrie, son of Woody Guthrie. It was released in 1972 in the album “Hobo’s Lullaby”. Willie also sings a popular version.