Trip back on the City of New Orleans was just as pleasant as the trip down to New Orleans — really a fantastic way to travel. Cell coverage (especially GSM) and WiFi (is there such a thing as “war railing”?!) were non-existent, so the train ride really was a relaxing, disconnected adventure.
Interestingly, just outside of Jackson, Mississippi, we passed the American Orient Express — not run by Amtrak, but hauled by an Amtrak locomotive. It was beautiful, and the dining cars (china, crystal, roses on every table) looked phenomenal. (They better: fares aren’t cheap!)
Will share more later. Even though Amtrak is a bit rough around the edges, I would still highly recommend the experience.