3D Animation Feat. Arlo Guthrie Singing ‘The City Of New Orleans’

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3D Animation Feat. Arlo Guthrie Singing ‘The City Of New Orleans’ | Train Fanatics Videos
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Just kick back and enjoy this video and the music. Don’t try to over analyze it, and don’t let your boss catch you watching it at work!

This clip pays great homage to a classic song performed by Arlo Guthrie that really sets the tone for a disappearing Illinois Central railroad that eventually became part of Canadian National – North American Railroads.

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The City of New Orleans was a nightly passenger train first operated by the Illinois Central railroad. It traveled 934 miles between Chicago, Illinois and New Orleans, Louisiana. With it’s bulldog nose, the EMD E8 locomotive reflected in this computer animated video was exceptional at comfortably pulling long trains in passenger service.

CONO Lyrics by Steve Goodman:

Riding on the City Of New Orleans
Illinois Central, Monday morning rail
Fifteen cars and fifteen restless riders
Three Conductors; twenty-five sacks of mail
All along the southbound odyssey – the train pulls out of Kankakee
And rolls along past houses, farms, and fields
Passing trains that have no name, and freight yards full of old black men
And the graveyards of the rusted automobile

Good morning, America, how are you?
Say, don’t you know me? I’m your native son
I’m the train they call the City Of New Orleans
I’ll be gone five hundred miles when the day is done

Dealing card games with the old man in the Club Car
Penny a point – ain’t no one keeping score
As the paper bag that holds the bottle
Feel the wheels rumbling ‘neath the floor
And the sons of Pullman Porters, and the sons of Engineers
Ride their father’s magic carpets made of steel
And, mothers with their babes asleep rocking to the gentle beat
And the rhythm of the rails is all they feel

Good morning, America, how are you?
Say, don’t you know me? I’m your native son
I’m the train they call the City Of New Orleans
I’ll be gone five hundred miles when the day is done

Night time on the City Of New Orleans
Changing cars in Memphis Tennessee
Halfway home – we’ll be there by morning
Through the Mississippi darkness, rolling down to the sea
But, all the towns and people seem to fade into a bad dream
And the steel rail still ain’t heard the news
The conductor sings his songs again – the passengers will please refrain
This train got the disappearing railroad blues

Good night, America, how are ya?
Said, don’t you know me? I’m your native son
I’m the train they call the City Of New Orleans
I’ll be gone five hundred miles when the day is done

Hope you enjoyed this video! Let us know if you have ridden Amtrak’s City of New Orleans!


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