Another older technology that connects our cities now in this City Life Snapshot.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: Track Number 19. Track Number 21, now ready for boarding. And thank you for choosing Amtrak.


CORNISH: The famous Pullman Rail Cars still run out of Chicago's Union Station.

RICK HANSON: What can I get you to drink?

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #2: I would just like a Virgin Mary.

HANSON: Absolutely.

My name is Rick Hanson and I'm the head steward on this trip. And we'll depart at eight, we'll have dinner, and we'll arrive in New Orleans tomorrow at about 2:30, three o'clock.


HANSON: We are currently in the Pullman Rail Car. And this car has both bedrooms, has an area for dining service and the lounge. And what we're trying to do is re-create the '50s first-class service. We're going to serve a four-course meal this evening and great wine, great champagne.


HANSON: This is our entire, you know, kitchen and bar in this room. So it all happens right here.

This is Joe, our chef.

JOE: Hi there.

HANSON: Yeah, what I'm going to do now is I've got an order for white wine and a Bloody Mary, so I'm going to add a few ingredients and make a perfect drink - and that's the Pullman tradition.


HANSON: It's really a privilege to do this, you know. It's a very unique thing. We're re-creating history. I get to ride and sleep on the train and eat on a train. It doesn't get much better than that.


CORNISH: Pullman Rail Journeys run from Chicago to New Orleans and back. Thanks to Jennifer Brandel and member station WBEZ for that City Life Snapshot. Jennifer is part of Localore, a nationwide initiative from the Association of Independence in Radio.

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