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    Pullman Rail Journeys, part of the Premier Rail Collection of seven railroads and companies owned and operated by Iowa Pacific Holdings, launched scheduled overnight sleeper car service between Chicago and New Orleans last year in rail cars restored to the original Pullman design. The service operates weekly in both directions. A Chicago-New York itinerary is slated for early 2015. TW photos by Gay Nagle Myers; posted May 27, 2014

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    Sights to see in Chicago before the train journey include Cloud Gate, also called the Bean, artist Anish Kapoor's smooth, 110-ton silver-drop sculpture.

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    Chicago's Art Institute is the second largest art museum in the U.S. and contains masterpieces from around the world.

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    The I/O (Indoor/Outdoor) rooftop bar atop Chicago's Godfrey Hotel is a popular watering spot.

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    Union Station in Chicago was the departure point for the overnight sleeper train.

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    Members of the train crew formed a welcome committee at Chicago's Union Station.

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    Gay Nagle Myers boarding a Pullman car on her Chicago-New Orleans rail trip.

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    The bedroom for one is comfortable and has all the necessities with no room to spare.

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    Pullman Rail Journeys' chef Marc Guzman turns out three meals a day in a compact, efficient kitchen.

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    The Pullman dinner menu, updated to reflect today's tastes, offered a choice of entrees with side dishes, salad and dessert.

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    Dinner service on the Pullman offered a choice of four entrees with a vegetable and a potato pastry, followed by ice cream and a cookie.

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    The mighty Mississippi River was in view during much of the rail journey from Chicago to New Orleans.

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    Swamp views were seen out of the train's picture windows on the approach to New Orleans.

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    Ornate buildings line Jackson Square in New Orleans' French Quarter.

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    The French Quarter in New Orleans is lively at night with restaurants, bars and music.

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    A platter of Creole/Cajun appetizers at the Tableau restaurant in the French Quarter.

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