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DW: New Orleans to New York – a train ride through American history

15/07/2019

I have wanted to do this trip for a longtime, sadly it will not happen, but this partially makes up for it

I have fond memories of New Orleans which I visited on business in the 1980s and of New York which I visited frequently back then. Greta People,great food,great places.

From New Orleans to New York, a train ride aboard the “Crescent” takes you on an extraordinary journey through American history.

This train journey begins in the “cradle of jazz” – New Orleans. Three famous express trains start and terminate here: the City of New Orleans, the Sunset Limited and the Crescent, named after a New Orleans neighborhood. Every morning at 7 a.m. the Crescent sets off from New Orleans on its 1,377-mile journey from the Deep South to pulsating New York City.

The distance is covered in around 31 hours. The route takes in various famous cities on the journey northeast. Birmingham, Alabama is also known as “Bombingham” after the attacks launched there by the Ku Klux Klan during the civil rights movement era between 1947 and 1965. The train then heads to Atlanta, the largest city in Georgia. Charlotte in North Carolina was named nearly 250 years ago after Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, the German wife of Britain’s King George III. Our next stop is Washington D.C., capital of the United States since 1800. Beforehand that honor had gone to a city further north: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where the Declaration of Independence was proclaimed in 1776. The final stop on this unique train journey is New York City aka the “Big Apple”.

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