The Pontchartrain Railroad formed in the year 1831 and was the first railway in Louisiana.
Mainly served by Class I tracks, the state of Louisiana was equipped with 3,184 miles of railway tracks in 2000.
Amtrak is a prominent railway service provider within the state. The City of New Orleans, Crescent, Cardinal and Sunset Limited offer regular train service through Louisiana.
In addition to providing in-state service, Amtrak provides service to New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.
Among the towns connected via the train routes of the state are:
Jennings, New Orleans, Lafayette, Bunkie, Shreveport, Baton Rouge, Hammond, New Roads, Kinder, Ferriday, Winnfield and Slidell.