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Steve O.
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Well my bumper stickers finally came in about a week and a half ago, and I was able to drive down to NOL a few days ago to start the process of "spreading the word to the masses", so to speak.

First stop was the Amtrak station, where I had a nice chat with the ticket agents shortly after 58 departed OT for CHI. They appreciated what I was doing. I left 100 stickers with them, and they said they would pass them out to the crew base as well as putting one of them in a ticket jacket when they sell a ticket. I thought that was a very nice gesture. Surely the 100 stickers will run out quickly so I'll probably be back down there in a few weeks to give them some more. Hey, you have to start somewhere. I also gave a bunch of stickers (and route guides) to some of my friends down there who said they would make sure the word will be spread around town.

And then this morning...as I was driving back to ATL...I stopped in Bay St. Louis (the metal Amtrak street sign was still up and showed me the way once I reached the city via Highway 90). The small station shelter was still standing although beat up a little, but the track platform area looked as good as new, and the huge visitor's center right behind it was looking good. I spoke with a nice lady there who said everyone in the town wants to see the train stop there again. I gave them a stack of stickers and they said they would spread the word.

After leaving Bay St. Louis I didn't have time to hit any stops further East since I had to be in ATL by 8:00pm for work. But next time I drive down to NOL to see the family I'll be hitting Atmore, Biloxi, and Gulfport at the very least. Mobile will come at a later date.

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Good luck with your campaign, I was lucky enough to take the Sunset Ltd the entire length of its route just two months before Katrina struck, and it was the best train trip I've ever taken
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That's nice that you took the time and effort to do this. I'm sure the Amtrak ticket agents love it!

I have a quick question for you---I hope you don't mind. Since you're in New Orleans, are you familiar with Slidell at all? I was there before Katrina (helping a friend move cross-country in a U-Haul), and I've tried to re-trace our steps and where we stopped/stayed along the way. I'm having a tough time figuring out where we were in Slidell. I can describe it this way:

We stayed in a Holiday Inn Express off I-10, and we were across the road from a Wal-Mart. On the other side of the road (or freeway off-ramp I think) was a big U-Haul center. In searching for the locations of Wal-Mart, U-Haul, and Holiday Inn Express hotels I think I've narrowed it down to the area of I-10 and Gause Blvd. However, I can not find a Holiday Inn Express in Slidell. I'm wondering if it was once there, but wiped out by the hurricane? Or am I looking in the wrong area of town? I know for sure we were right off the highway and could see the U-Haul sign, and it was about a 2 or 3 minute drive to the big Wal-Mart on the other side of a busy road.

Here is a Google Map link (tiny URL) of where I think we were. The "A" is where U-Haul is (although I don't see any U-Haul trucks on the satellite view), and just below the "A" is where I think the Holiday Inn Express is (was):

http://tinyurl.com/5mj5no


If you can help out with any info, I'd sure appreciate it. Thanks!

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I remember that trip report, mr williams: you got the picture of the alligator! I've been envious ever since, awaiting the return of Sunset East so I have my chance.
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Best steward..Mr. Ed...he made that train awesome!

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quote:
Originally posted by smitty195:
I have a quick question for you---I hope you don't mind. Since you're in New Orleans, are you familiar with Slidell at all? I was there before Katrina (helping a friend move cross-country in a U-Haul), and I've tried to re-trace our steps and where we stopped/stayed along the way. I'm having a tough time figuring out where we were in Slidell.

Smitty:
If you spent the night, did you have a glass of water in a restaurant there? Slidell is famous primarily for one thing: Horrible tasting water. Most people who travel through there make the mistake of drinking the water ONCE, and only once.

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Funny you should mention beverages.......I don't remember drinking the water, but my buddy and I went next-door to a bar/restaurant and had a few brewskies. [Smile]

I've been trying so hard to re-trace where we went on this trip, and this is the only place where I'm unable to pinpoint it. I'm almost positive I've got the location right, but I need someone familiar with the area to let me know if a Holiday Inn Express used to be at the location on the Google Map that I posted a link to.

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smitty195...sorry for the delayed response.

I am not too familiar with Slidell, but I know the area around Gause Blvd is the main area in town. Also, the Hwy. 11 area is quite busy with retail and other businesses, but 99% of the hotels are along I-10, with quite a few around the Gause exit. Nothing in that area of Slidell took on any major flooding. The neighborhoods close to the lake got hit hard.

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