Amtrak Crescent - From the cool jazz of a New York nightspot to the hot Cajun spice of Dixieland in New Orleans' French Quarter, the Crescent sweeps through 12 states, almost 1,400 miles -- with countless vacations waiting to be taken.
The Crescent has a rich history that goes back to 1925, when
the train was inaugurated by Southern Railway. It was named after the
"Crescent City" -- New Orleans -- and originally carried passengers
from there to Montgomeery, Alabama. In 1970, Southern Railway combined
the Crescent with the Southerner to form the Southern Crescent.
Now in her 8th decade of service, today's Crescent still follows
this path through Birmingham and Meridian to New Orleans.
Welcome to Crescent Country
Welcome aboard, and thank you for choosing the Amtrak Crescent. We
are delighted to have you traveling with us. Please relax and enjoy our
services that have been designed to assure your comfort. Be sure to let us
know if there is anything we can do to make your trip more enjoyable!
You'll find this train is equipped with the latest in sleeping cars, modern,
comfortable coaches and a dining car featuring home-style southern cuisine.
Throughout your journey, you'll find the crew is a model of southern
We hope you enjoy your journey with us into Crescent Country! This
fascinating region is full of places you will want to discover. We've
highlighted some of the main cities along the route here, and you'll
find more exciting events inside.
The nation's capital is a city of many sights and diversions, from the
White House to the Kennedy Center to the shops of historic Georgetown.
Railroad buffs will want to stop by the Smithsonian Museum of American
History, where you can see the green and gold 1401 locomotive that
powered the Crescent between Atlanta and Washington from 1925 until
1941. Union Station itself is quite a site, with a bustling complex of
shops, restaurants and theaters.
Host to the 1996 Centennial Summer Olympic Games and Paralympic Games,
Atlanta is also home to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Historical Site, the
famous "Underground Atlanta," -- a unique entertainment, shopping and
dining center in the heart of downtown -- the World of Coca-Cola and
the CNN Center.
The steel center of the South, Birmingham is the largest city of
Alabama. Attractions include the Birmingham Museum of Art, the Birmingham
Zoo and the Japanese Gardens. Overlooking the city from the summit of Red
Mountain is Giuseppa Moretti's statue of Vulcan. At 55' and weighing 60
tons, Vulcan is the largest cast iron statue ever made.
Named for a leading Confederate diplomat, this is our last stop before
reaching New Orleans. As we leave Slidell, the Crescent traverses
the breathtaking 6.2 mile bridge over Lake Pontchartrain, the largest
body of fresh water in Louisiana. When it was completed in 1886, the
trestle was hailed as an engineering marvel, and it is still one of the
longest railway bridges in the world.
New Orleans, LA
The Crescent City gets its nickname from the crescent-shaped twist the
Mississippi takes as it meanders through New Orleans. Founded by French
settlers in 1718, the city still offers visitors an authentic view of
its origins in the famed French Quarter. "New Orleans," said former Mayor
Sidney Barthelemy, "is America's cultural treasure chest ... a city of
distinctive cuisine, foot-stomping jazz, elegant architecture, and the
most hospitable people in the world ... now that you have come, enjoy
-- and take a little piece of our heart with you, wherever you go."
From New Orleans, you can connect with Amtrak trains north to Chicago,
west to Los Angeles and east to Florida.
Thanks for riding the Amtrak Crescent. We hope you've enjoyed
your trip and will join us again soon.