Southern's advertisement touting the Pelican service
|Service type||Inter-city rail|
|Locale||Northeastern United States/Southeastern United States|
|Start||New York, New York|
|End||New Orleans, Louisiana|
|Distance travelled||1,114 mi (1,793 km)|
|Average journey time||Southbound: 36 hrs 40 min; northbound: 38 hrs 50 min|
|Southbound: 41; northbound: 42|
|Seating arrangements||Reclining seat coaches|
|Sleeping arrangements||Open sections, roomettes, double bedrooms|
|Catering facilities||Diner car, cafe-lounge|
The Pelican (Train #41/42) departed New York's Pennsylvania Station going south via the Pennsylvania Railroad to Washington, DC, then on Southern's line to Lynchburg, Virginia, then to Bristol, Virginia via the Norfolk and Western Railroad with a major stop in Roanoke, Virginia and several stops toward Bristol. From Bristol to New Orleans, the Pelican ran on Southern's line with major station stops in Knoxville, Tennessee, Chattanooga, Tennessee, Birmingham, Alabama and Meridian, Mississippi. South of Birmingham it made more local stops than other Southern Railway trains on the Birmingham-New Orleans route, such as the Southerner.
Train Number 42, the northbound The Pelican reversed the route.
In 1957, The Pelican carried:
Into the 1950s, the train carried through sleeping cars which would split from the main route at Meridian and continue on the Illinois Central Railroad's Southwestern Limited into central Mississippi and central Louisiana to Shreveport, Louisiana. Timetables referred to section, compartment and drawing room accommodations carrying from New York to Shreveport
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