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CHICAGO (STMW) - Amtrak’s City of New Orleans train resumes service over its full route Saturday, following nearly a month of service disruptions due to flooding north of Memphis, Tenn.

Since April 26, Train 58 from New Orleans and the southbound Train 59 from Chicago have been truncated at Memphis due to flood conditions north of Memphis on the route owned by CN railway, according to an Amtrak press release.

Amtrak provided refunds to passengers who were affected by the disruptions to the through trains and to those ticketed to the missed stops of Fulton, Ky., and Newbern-Dyersburg, Tenn., the release said. Amtrak service between Chicago and Carbondale, Ill., has been maintained by Trains 390-393, the Illini and Saluki.

Also restored effective Saturday is Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach Routes 8358 and 8359, connecting City of New Orleans trains at Carbondale to other Amtrak services at St. Louis, Amtrak said.

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