Posted 13 October 2017 - 01:39 PM
The New Orleans Station is a Semi- Intermodel Station. Greyhound shares the building. A Street Car line to the Biz District runs right out front and taxis line up in front of the Station.There is a Subway sandwich shop and Vending machines in the Station, but since you're in one of the great Foodie cities, this doesn't matter.
It is staffed and accepts checked luggage.( be there an hour early to check items) You can day check your stuff with the agents for the standard $4 per item.
When it is time to board two lines are formed at the door to the platforms, one for Coach ( you may or may not be assigned a seat but will be assogned to a,Coach)and One for Sleeping Car passengers, which get priority boarding and can use the bare bones Lounge called the Magnolia Room.
The train itself is Superliner equipped with a Bag Car, a Transition Sleeper,a Revenue Sleeper,2 Coaches,a Sightseer Lounge with Cafe and a Diner called a Cross Country Cafe which serves,a Limited Menu of Heat and Eat food since the Chef position was eliminated during the Boardman Nickel and Dime cuts.
The tracks are very rough in some places, and most of the Route is spent in darkness due to the schedule. What little scenery there is, is around Southern Mississippi and entering New Orleans thru the swamps.
"There's Something About a Train! It's Magic!"-- 1970s Amtrak Ad
"..My heart is warm with the friends I make,and better friends I'll not be knowing,
Yet there isn't a train I wouldn't take,No matter where its going!.." -Edna St. Vincent Millay