Thursday, November 26, 2009

Four O'Clock Factoid: Disappearing Railroad Blues

Four O'Clock Factoid is a new daily feature on Track Twenty-Nine helping to get you through the workday with a bit of useless knowledge.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Shortly after Amtrak began operations in 1971, the famous Illinois Central train The City of New Orleans was cancelled in favor of the overnight Panama Limited, which ran the same route. A 1972 song performed by Arlo Guthrie, The City of New Orleans, lamenting the disappearance of America's railroad heritage increased the popularity of the former Chicago-New Orleans train name, and in 1974, Amtrak restored the name "The City of New Orleans."

All the towns and people seem to fade into a bad dream,
and the steel rail still ain't heard the news.
The conductor sings his songs again, the passengers will please refrain.
This train's got the disappearing railroad blues.

Good night America, how are ya?
Say, don'tcha know me? I'm your native son!
I'm the train they call the City of New Orleans.
I'll be gone 500 miles when the day is done.

1 comment:

kenf said...

"The City of New Orleans" was written by Steve Goodman, a beloved folk singer-songwriter from Chicago, one end of the train's run.