New Orleans, Louisiana to Los Angeles, California Amtrak Train Numbers 1 (westbound) and 2 (eastbound)
Amtrak Route Description
The following has been extracted from Amtrak’s “Sunset Limited” Route Guide.
“The Sunset Limited is North America’s only transcontinental train. If you’re traveling all the way from Los Angeles to Orlando, you’ll pass within just a few miles of both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.”
“While many of the great transcontinental rail lines were forged from east to west, the Southern Pacific’s Sunset line had its beginnings in California. Charles Crocker, Mark Hopkins, Collis P. Huntington and Leland Stanford, all of whom were involved in creating the first transcontinental railroad, achieved a second transcontinental rail link in 1883 with the completion of the route you’re now traveling between Los Angeles and New Orleans. East of New Orleans, the Sunset Limited follows the route of the Louisville & Nashville and Seaboard Railroad’s Gulf Wind to Jacksonville, and then heads southwest across Central Florida to Orlando, its final destination.
The Sunset Limited is the oldest continuously operated named train in America, dating back to 1894. The Sunset Limited originally ran between San Francisco and New Orleans. Passengers on early trains could continue from New Orleans to New York by sea, with connecting passenger steamers owned by Southern Pacific.”
“Nearly a century later, the Sunset Limited still provides a unique view of the South and Southwest.”
The rail travel distance between New Orleans and Los Angeles via the Sunset Limited is 1995 miles. The rail travel time is about 22-1/2 hours.