With the days still getting shorter, the morning sun is just breaking through the tree line as Amtrak's "Pepsi can" heritage P42DC no. 160 leads sibling 142 and the southbound Crescent through historic Flowery Branch.
Amtrak took over the New York - New Orleans market when the Southern Railway discontinued its famed Southern Crescent. Following the same route, it takes two days and a night to connect the Big Apple with the Big Easy. The crossing of Lake Ponchartrain is