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The Start of a Southbound Odyssey
Every evening at 8pm, Amtrak's City of New Orleans, a named train harking back to the days of the Illinois Central's famous streamliner immortalized in the Steve Goodman song of the same name, departs Chicago's Union Station to begin it's southbound odyssey towards the Gulf Coast. Since the old Illinois Central passenger station on the Lakefront has been gone since the 1972 creation of Amtrak, all trains bound for the old Illinois Central tracks must use a convoluted routing south of Union Station that involves a long reverse move and the use of the St. Charles Air Line bridge. In this photo, a composite of three images, the train is shown pulling out of Union Station (far distance), backing around the Canal St. wye (foreground), and flying high over the endangered St. Charles Air Line bridge.