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JACK WEATHERLY: Train to New Orleans: a travelogue with a bit of news

ON THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS – This is a story of contrasts, from a very low-cost train ride to dining on the best cuisine we’ve ever tasted. Not to mention the latest and cheapest personal city transportation mode with a funny-sounding name, Uber. The Amtrak station’s waiting room in Jackson is a red-brick redo with ancient blond benches wearing brass boots. ...

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Amtrak on track to return to Gulf Coast

BILOXI — Five weeks ago an Amtrak inspection train rolled across South Mississippi for the first time since Hurricane Katrina. On Wednesday, The Sun Herald reports officials met in Biloxi to move along the dream of restoring passenger rail service across the Gulf Coast. Mark Murphy, general manager of long distance service for Amtrak, says lawmakers want to see a ...

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Amtrak test trip to be met with celebrations across Coast

GULFPORT — For the first time since Hurricane Katrina, a passenger train will make stops along the Coast. The Sun Heard reports Thursday’s run is a one-off trip to assess the CSX rails and the interest in restoring passenger rail service along the northern Gulf of Mexico and into central Florida. Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich says it’s a great ...

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Wicker says Amtrak stop coming to Marks

MARKS — Railroad and Mississippi officials say Amtrak will establish a permanent stop in Marks in the heart of the Delta. U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., says in a news release Friday that the decision was reached after talks among Amtrak, the Canadian National Railway and local and state officials. No opening date for the stop has been announced. Wicker ...

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State of Louisiana mulling plan for Amtrak route

NORTH LOUISIANA — Louisiana is studying a plan for Amtrak passenger trains to cross north Louisiana, connecting Texas to Mississippi. Department of Transportation and Development secretary Sherrie LeBas tells the Minden (La.)  Press-Herald she’s ready to start, using $250,000 secured by state Rep. Roy Burrell of Shreveport. Existing Kansas City Southern Railway tracks could connect Amtrak routes in Marshall, Texas, ...

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Biloxi supports return of Amtrak passenger trains

BILOXI — The city of Biloxi wants Amtrak to bring back the Sunset Limited. Members of the Biloxi City Council approved a resolution Tuesday. Right now on the coast, train service is exclusively the transportation of freight. Biloxi officials say the Gulf Coast region is isolated from the nation’s passenger train system. In late August 2005, service between New Orleans ...

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