Riding on the City of New Orleans

observation car

Call me old-fashioned if you must, but it’s perfectly fine.  I’m an old-fashioned girl.  I love riding on a train and it probably has something to do with my babysitter 60 years ago (I think her name was Annie)  who walked me down to the tracks to watch the “Rebel” whiz through West Point, MS. about dusk in summer.

I waved wildly to the nice man on the Caboose and walked back home certain I would marry that man someday..

franch quarter


Fast forward 60 years.  There are no cabooses much less friendly men waving by. But there is still a train to ride and I’ll never fly again if I can get to the French Quarter  or anywhere else “riding the rails.” 

Riding the “City of New Orleans” into my favorite city with my favorite people will become my favorite memory. . Most of my family met in New Orleans this week to revisit our favorite haunts from the last century when New Orleans was our home.

Hang the nasty woman called Katrina who tried to wipe us out.  As we chugged into the station, WIllie Nelson began belting out “Riding on the City of New Orleans” and I knew all was right with the world and that one-eyed Katrina had lost her battle to take us down.   

3 thoughts on “Riding on the City of New Orleans

  1. I also love New Orleans. We lived there for our first year of marriage. It was like a year’s honeymoon. It was a really special time

  2. I will have to try this sometime.
    Did you board in Greenwood?
    What is best, lower or upper level? Value or Flexible?

  3. We boarded in Greenwood (parked our car at a friend’s place because my son’s car was vandalized during a previous trip). We sat on upper deck because can see so much more, also there is observation car with very comfortable seating alternating with regular passenger cars. I spent a lot of time there. Dining car and bar available but I wouldn’t recommend food – on way back we loaded up on sandwiches from Central Grocery and lots of zapp’s. Guess our inner redneck was at work.

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