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Illinois Central Railway - Chicago to New Orleans run.

Introduced in 1947, the train called City of New Orleans.

Originally only a "daytime" train, its service was targeted

at the rural and intermediate income markets and provided a 16 hour schedule between the two cities.

In 1971 passenger service through Champaign changed dramatically. Illinois Central joined the Amtrak passenger system. Amtrak immediately discontinued all passenger services through Champaign except the City of New Orleans and the Shawnee. The City of New Orleans was renamed the Panama Limited, but Amtrak changed the name back after a short time.


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