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21 April 2014

[Jimbaux is reminded that overthinking, overanalyzing separates the body from the mind.] Yin And Yang Today – Monday 21 April 2014 – was a mixed day in many ways.  Both despite and because of a good Easter weekend and the changing of seasons, I was agitated and cranky today, not running on full cylinders both [...]

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New Orleans Introduces To The World – 17 April 2004

17 April 2014

[Jimbaux liked those big-city - or Mid-City - nights.] Accompanying one picture, this is a story about, among many other things, jealousy, desire, life goals, Mexico, New Orleans, personal growth, Hurricane Katrina, money, learning, knowledge, wisdom, understanding, experiencing life, railroads, and existentialism.  The vagueness of the title of this post is mostly a reflection of [...]

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The Way That It Is Today – NS Back Belt and NOPB Action

14 April 2014

[Jimbaux wants you to say you will, say you won't, make up your mind tonight.] A Difference of A Decade Is A Difference of Place, Habit, Priority, Identity, and Perspective This morning, 10 years to the day after I shot a pair of westbound trains at Thibodaux Junction back home in bayouland and five years [...]

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Two Westbounds at Thibodaux Junction, One With a Cascade Green Leader – 14 April 2004

14 April 2014

[Jimbaux knows - and wants you to know - that there is more to the picture than meets the eye. ] My, My Hello.  Here are some pictures – more scanned 35mm slide film – of a couple of westbound trains at Thibodaux Junction, a location that you have seen here before and that was [...]

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NS GoRail Locomotive and Detouring CN Trains

9 April 2014

[Jimbaux is back in the saddle again.] A Day To Be Remembered Wow, what a day today!  This will be day long remembered.  (The Mid-City Marine would probably tell me that it is not wise to say “this will be a day long remembered” for the same reason that it is not wise to say [...]

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Stacks, Arches, and Cypress – 4 April 2009

4 April 2014

These pictures were taken on Saturday 4 April 2009, the day that I helped Saint Jude buy his bicycle. We see a Union Pacific Railroad intermodal train descending the eastern approach to the Huey P. Long Bridge. That McDonald’s had recently been built where a Shoney’s restaurant once was, and I knew one of the [...]

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Thibodaux Junction Meets – 3 April 2004

3 April 2014

These pictures – more scanned 35mm color slides – are not among my best, but they show the westward view from the no-longer-publicly-accessible Thibodaux Junction location that I have recently shown. On the morning of Saturday 03 April 2004, I got to the track in Schriever (mp 55, Lafayette Subdivision) at around 07:30 and saw [...]

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Lone-Car Train on the Lockport Branch – 31 March 2004

31 March 2014

[Every mother's son had better hear what Jimbaux said.] There Is No Place Like Home Yes, friends, we are back home on the Lockport Branch, the no-longer-active 14-mile (the first mile in Raceland is still in use) former Southern Pacific Railway branch down the eastern bank of Bayou Lafourche, and we are looking at scanned [...]

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Bernadotte Line and Engineer Black – 29 March 2009

29 March 2014

[Jimbaux loves those Mid-City, Mid-City nights.] Usually, the NS Bernadotte Line – an urban railroad branchline in the Mid-City neighborhood of New Orleans – is served sometime between midnight and dawn (and usually on Mondays.)  On the evening of Sunday 29 March 2009, the line was served a few hours before midnight, and I took [...]

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New Orleans Trains – 28 March 2009

28 March 2014

[There are many things that Jimbaux would like to say to you, but he doesn't know how . . . ] Here are some pictures of trains taken in New Orleans (or nearby Metairie) on Saturday 28 March 2009.  They are generally my typical fare, not too great but not terrible either (well, they wouldn’t [...]

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Waggaman and Raceland, Foaming Home – 22 March 2009

22 March 2014

[There Jimbaux goes, on the road again.] All Along The Lonesome Highway . . . The Mathews Foamer’s father died in a car accident in late March 2009.  On the afternoon of Sunday 22 March 2009, one day after I photographed Union Pacific train QLISNL at Elysian Fields Avenue, I left New Orleans to spend [...]

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Two Westbounds, One With A Conrail Leader, At Thibodaux Junciton – 7 March 2004

7 March 2014

[Jimbaux is not living in the past; you want to laugh.] One of my favorite regular places to watch and photograph trains on the Lafayette Subdivision was known as Thibodaux Junction on Acadia Road in northern Lafourche Parish one mile east of Schriever (which is in Terrebonne Parish.)  I say “was” because the location is [...]

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NS Back Belt and The Mid-City Marine in New Orleans – 28 February 2009

28 February 2014

[Jimbaux gets by with a little help from my friends.] Friends, by definition, are a valuable part of one’s life, and on the last day of February 2009, I got to spend time in New Orleans with a friend near whom I had intended to live.  The Mid-City Marine and his wife JMS were displaced [...]

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Newseum, Canadian Embassy, Pennsylvania Avenue, Capitol – 13 February 2009

13 February 2014

Our Close Up week was ending, and Friday 13 February 2009 was the day that we would go home, but we had a late flight out of IAD, meaning that we had time to do some things before we left. One of my students was interested in going to college for journalism (and has since [...]

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Arlington, Virginia – 12 February 2009

12 February 2014

Day 4 of our Close Up 2009 week was Independent Study day.  It was a Thursday, and the length of the program had been reduced by one day from years past.  Capitol Hill Day, which we had wonderfully experienced the day before, had historically been on the Thursday with Independent Study day on Friday and [...]

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Capitol Hill Day – 11 February 2009

11 February 2014

The crux of the experience of the Close Up program is Capitol Hill Day, when students and their teachers go to Capitol Hill and have meetings with their members of Congress or at least members of their member’s staff; the Close Up Foundation arranges the meetings.  While not meeting with their members, students and teachers [...]

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Antietam National Battlefield – 10 February 2009

10 February 2014

The bloodiest day in US history took place on 17 September 1862 near the town of Sharpsburg, Maryland, at a creek called Antietam. On Tuesday 10 February 2009, five days after I had witnessed what I knew to be the second-to-last train on the former Southern Pacific Railway branchline down Bayou Lafourche and the last [...]

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First Day of 2009 Close Up – 9 February 2009

9 February 2014

I don’t have time to make this one deep.  So, if you want to know more, you’ll have to research the Close Up Foundation on your own! This was, however, the fourth and last trip that I took on this program as a teacher, a program that truly changed my life and led to the [...]

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Foggy Fickle February Super Sunday Sermon

2 February 2014

[Jimbaux thinks that he is making progress, but maybe he actually has an illusion of progress.] Greetings, and welcome to Jimbaux’s Journal, be thee friend or foe; for those who missed many of the January offerings, a check of the January 2014 archives will reveal some interesting posts. Hello Yes, kiddies, this is my first [...]

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Bogalusa Line Catch – 31 January 2009

31 January 2014

[Jimbaux is digging his way to something better.] Return And Redemption On Monday 29 December 2008, I went to Bogalusa, Louisiana, for the first time as an adult (my father informed me after the publication of the pictures taken that day that he and my mother had taken me there when I was too young [...]

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Baggage, Memories, Knowledge, Identity, and People

29 January 2014

[Jimbaux wants you to let him live his life alone, or maybe not.] If you are here only for my high-speed rail initiation proposal, scroll down until after the last picture to find that essay. Welcome To 2014, Good Netizens Many of you have already seen a sampling of my southern Mississippi work from early [...]

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Bernadotte Line Train and Trainmen – 25 January 2009

25 January 2014

On Sunday 25 January 2009, I caught the Bernadotte Line being served in daylight, something very rare, and this gave me the opportunity to photograph it and get some good pictures of the crew. Here we see NS 5501 and two loaded boxcars arrive at Bernadotte. The track now ends in this weeds before North [...]

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Norfolk Southern Train 393 By LSU Dental School – 17 January 2009

17 January 2014

Same Old, Same Old Hi.  Here are a few repetitive pictures taken on Saturday 17 January 2009. This is Norfolk Southern Railway train 393 slowing to a stop for a crew change at Bayou St. John in New Orleans. These pictures were taken in front of the LSU Dental School on the NS Back Belt. [...]

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NOGC And T&P In Gretna – 13 January 2011

13 January 2014

These three pictures were taken on Thursday 13 January 2011 in Gretna, Louisiana, USA, the parish seat of Jefferson Parish just across the Mississippi River from New Orleans. We see parked in the former Texas & Pacific Railway yard a train of the New Orleans & Gulf Coast Railway with NOGC 504 and NOLR 2180 [...]

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Acadiana and Baton Rouge – Amtrak, L&D, UP, CN, and KCS – 4 January 2009

4 January 2014

[Jimbaux knows that this house is not a home.] These 21 pictures – nearly all of which were taken of locations heretofore not seen here on Jimbaux’s Journal – were taken on Sunday 4 January 2009, two years to the day after a very memorable day in western Nuevo León. Something Different Hello.  A cousin’s [...]

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Sunset Of A Year, and Of Innocence – 31 December 2008

31 December 2013

[Jimbaux wonders how he can blame you when it is him he can't forgive.] A Sour Ending To A Monumental Year We close 2008 thus, with four images, the first two at Schriever, the second at the Atchafalaya River in Berwick, and the finale at Bayou Sale, which might better be called Garden City, but [...]

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Bogalusa Line Action, ex-GM&O – 29 December 2008

29 December 2013

[Jimbaux knows that the highway song is as lonely as the road he's on.] Now For Something Very Different On Monday 29 December 2008, I traveled to a part of the southern part of my home state to which I had until then never visited, and my goal was to visit an obscure railroad line, [...]

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Trains, Trees, Plantations, Shacks – 26 December 2008

26 December 2013

[Jimbaux wants you to hear his words that he might teach you.] Another late December day in 2008 starts out with another picture – or, in this case, set of pictures – of Amtrak’s westbound Sunset Limited, but at least there will be more to this post than trains. Yes, there are both passengers and [...]

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Change And Sameness On The L&D in Raceland 10 Years Later

23 December 2013

[Jimbaux will not take these things for granted.] What A Difference 10 Years Does and Does Not Make Since today was the 10-year anniversary of an epic and stormy day on the Lockport Branch, since I was (and am) in town, and since the LDRR 1850 was again based in Schriever as it was exactly [...]

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Patience And Persistence on The Lockport Branch – 23 December 2003

23 December 2013

[Jimbaux would like for you to do as he did and experience the warmth before you go.] The Essence, The Genesis, The Soul Tuesday 23 December 2003 was one of the most memorable days of my photographic and railroad enthusiast life; back then, I was still shooting on this ancient medium known as film, and [...]

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The First Day Of The Rest Of My Life

21 December 2013

[Jimbaux knows that life starts now.] Yes, really, every day is the first day of the rest of your life, but, as I have known for some time and suspected for much longer than that, this is far more true today – Saturday 21 December 2013 – than it normally is.  I am finally done [...]

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November Newness, A Rebirth

17 December 2013

[Jimbaux is playing another game of putting things aside, as if we'll come back to them sometime.] Hey!  How are you doing?  Let me know. This is the first posting of new material in a long time, the last time being in September when I published some June and July leftovers; everything else that I have published lately [...]

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New Orleans, the Huey P. Long Bridge, and the Bonnet Carré Spillway – 7 December 2008

7 December 2013

So, after he had wanted just KCS action when he was in New Orleans a year before, and after we chased the KCS Gulfport Sub Local in Mississippi the day before, now BobE had his southern reaches KCS fix, and it was time for me to just to show him general New Orleans area train action. [...]

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Southbound KCS Hattiesburg Turn, CSX at Bay St. Louis – 6 December 2008

6 December 2013

My pal BobE arrived in New Orleans via air on the evening of Friday 5 December 2008 in advance of a work-related conference the next week, just as he had done the same weekend the year before when we met up so that he could see what action KCS had to offer in the New [...]

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The SUNSET LIMITED Arrives in New Orleans – 30 November 2008

30 November 2013

[Jimbaux rises, falls, is down, and rises again.] What Don’t Kill You Makes You More Strong Yes, we are listening to more from Death Magnetic, since we are looking at pictures from when the album was new, just as we were at the beginning of this week.  Here are some pictures taken in New Orleans [...]

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Four Railroad Lafayette Sub Afternoon – 26 November 2008

26 November 2013

[Jimbaux was spending his time waiting for the one . . . or the four . . . or the five.] Another 2008 Thanksgiving Week Day on the Mudbug Sub We are back where we were yesterday, with local trains and such on the Lafayette Subdivision, and, yes, we have more from Death Magnetic. 4 [...]

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Schriever Local West, Chip, and BNSF – 25 November 2008

25 November 2013

[Jimbaux wonders how he can be lost if he's got nowhere to go.] Ah, yes, Metallica’s Death Magnetic, which had just been released when these pictures were taken on Tuesday 25 November 2008, provides today’s song, an appropriate song indeed; I listened to that album plenty in late 2008, including the week that these pictures [...]

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Amtrak on NS, KCS on NOPB – 22 November 2008

22 November 2013

Where were you when the 45-year anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination took place?  If you are like Jimbaux (and pity to you if you are), you were foaming, and that’s what we see here in these pictures taken on Saturday 22 November 2008, my first train pictures in almost a month, the previous being the [...]

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NS Bernadotte Line Served Again – 28 October 2008

28 October 2013

[Jimbaux saw a thousand angels go singing, here making a thousand voices while flying.] Two days after I shot the Bernadotte Line getting served in a rare daylight move, I got to see and photograph it again, this time in its more usual nocturnal workings.  What fortune I had in seeing and photographing this neat [...]

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NS Bernadotte Line Served – 26 October 2008

26 October 2013

Classic New Orleans Railroading Today’s visual trip to the past takes us to the Norfolk Southern Railway’s “Bernadotte Line” that diverges from NS’s “Back Belt” line across New Orleans at a place called East City Junction.  The Bernadotte Line, under NS successor Southern Railway, once had a roundhouse at Scott Street in Mid-City and went [...]

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When The GP38-3s Were New To The NOGC – 14 October 2008

14 October 2013

I’m not sure of exactly when the GP38-3s first arrived on the New Orleans & Gulf Coast Railway, but this is one of my first – if not my first – shot of one of them, the HLCX 1011 on the point of this parked NOGC train, taken on 14 October 2008. The HLCX 1011 [...]

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SP 745 At Steam Fest III and Returning Home – 5 October 2008

5 October 2013

You saw an NOPB passenger special on the first day of Steam Fest III yesterday, and now you actually see the SP 745 – actually see steam – here on day two of the festival, Sunday 5 October 2008.  First, on the way to the festivities, we see some streetcar action on St. Charles Avenue. [...]

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NOPB Passenger Special at Steam Fest III – 4 October 2008

4 October 2013

Steam Fest 3, But Not Really, Not In These Pictures, Hardly The Louisiana Steam Train Association held its third annual “Steam Fest” at Audubon Park on the weekend of 4-5 October 2008, and here, although there are no pictures of the steam locomotive here, are pictures from the event on Saturday 4 October 2008, mostly [...]

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June and July, Lies and Leftovers

29 September 2013

[Jimbaux wants all of your hopes to turn to wishes, and all of your wishes come true.] These pictures were taken in June and July, but this post is being typed in late September; so, the pictures represent the time two and three months before the mood reflected in the writing does.  We are now [...]

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Hurricane Ike, Des Allemands, CSX, New Orleans – 14 September 2008

14 September 2013

I hope that you enjoyed the recent Hurricane Gustav and Memphis series, most of which can be found in the September 2013 archives (as my habit has become publicizing pictures five years to the date after they were taken.)  These pictures were taken only two weeks after Gustav struck, when another hurricane struck. Ike Hurricane [...]

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Returning To New Orleans From Memphis After Gustav – 6 September 2008

6 September 2013

And The Only Pictures Taken Were Taken In The State In Between After my epic last full day in Memphis the night before, when we saw the Lorraine Motel, the FEMA-Amtrak train to New Orleans to bring the Gustav evacuees home, many MATA trolleys, a few Norfolk Southern trains,  and Central Station and the sinkhole, [...]

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Memphis – Lorraine Motel, Streetcars, Sinkhole, FEMA Train, NS – 5 September 2008

5 September 2013

Memphis Hurrication Gustav – Day 3 An Epic Closing to An Unforgettable Experience The last full day of my Great Memphis Hurrication Gustav was a great and epic one, and I hope that you are educated and entertained by the pictures and the stories that go along with them.  Life is so short because there [...]

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Gustav Comes To Memphis, CN President’s Island, Detoured Fly Ash – 4 September 2008

4 September 2013

Day 2 of my Memphis Hurrication Gustav started with my friend HAFMO at work, me out on my own taking pictures, the remnants of the hurricane from which I escaped catching up with me, and a train that normally passes through New Orleans detouring through Memphis because of the storm.  Last time, we got some [...]

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First Day of Memphis Hurrication Gustav – 3 September 2008

3 September 2013

The Start Of The Great Hurrication Gustav Previously, On Jimbaux’s Journal Yesterday, we cleaned up big heavy tree branches blown down by Hurricane Gustav, cut them with saws, hauled them to the road, did other hurricane clean up stuff, made sure that the folks didn’t need any more help, packed some clothes, maps, and camera [...]

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Evacuating From The Aftermath Of Hurricane Gustav – 2 September 2008

2 September 2013

[Jimbaux is wondering if you are wondering where do we go now?] Or, The Beginning of My Out-Of-State Gustav Hurrication For the second consecutive post, the headline might be confusing to some.  A full reading of this piece should explain it, and subsequent posts should remove all doubt. Where Were We? Last time, you saw [...]

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Evacuating New Orleans Toward The Path of Hurricane Gustav – 30 August 2008

30 August 2013

Gustav Is Coming If the average reader is confused by the title of this post, those with any knowledge of Louisiana geography and Hurricane Gustav will be even more perplexed to know that my evacuation from New Orleans for Gustav was into Bayouland.  As I said two days ago, early projections had Gustav making a [...]

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Waiting In New Orleans for Hurricane Gustav – NOPB, CSX, UP – 28 August 2008

28 August 2013

Hurricane Gustav was approaching southeastern Louisiana on 28 August 2008 when I took these few train pictures in New Orleans before train movements stopped because the floodgates that cross the tracks were closed.  Hurricane Gustav was a big deal for me and for folks back in the homeland – Cajunland – southwest of New Orleans, [...]

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Atchafalaya River and The Chip Local – 24 August 2012

24 August 2013

Go Wide! On the afternoon of Friday 24 August 2012, we see the Atchafalaya River and The Chip Local on Tiger Island, but not at the same time; some of the views here are very wide-angle, unusual for Jimbaux. A Foamy Friday Afternoon Five years to the day after a foamy Friday afternoon on the [...]

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River Railroading – And Getting Reported – with The Mid-City Marine – 5 August 2012

5 August 2013

The Mid-City Marine and his wife JMS were in town at the beginning of August 2012, and my woadie and I got together for an entire Sunday, beginning the day with a Sunday Sermon of yet-to-be published photographs (but that may be published by the time some of you are reading this), then a trip [...]

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Leaving North Dakota, Heading Home – 27 July 2008

27 July 2013

[Jimbaux wants to be the magazine she bases life on.] Almost As Quickly As It Began, It Ended One of the more formative experiences of my adulthood was coming to an end on 27 July 2008, for it was the day that I left North Dakota, even though most of the seminar participants had left [...]

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Chasing A Train From Fargo To Grand Forks – 8 July 2008

8 July 2013

[Jimbaux can't pass up this opportunity to make himself absurd . . . ] Or, The Consolation Prize? The Northtown To Grand Forks Manifest The real kicker about today’s story is the great opportunity that I gave up by going on this chase and taking these pictures, and today’s song is very appropriate on many [...]

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Minnesota Trains, North Dakota Architecture, People, Music, and Skies – 5 July 2008

5 July 2013

[Jimbaux is looking for something, something to be . . . ] The Walhalla Trip, Preceded By Morning Foam Yeah, it’s the day of the epic Walhalla trip, and I think that was the day that we played …Something To Be on the way back from there, which really got me to liking that album. [...]

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West Fargo, North Dakota, Trains – 4 July 2008

4 July 2013

[Jimbaux is deprived of his conscience . . . ] Okay, so, it was Independence Day, and TI and Zzannie had us over to their house in West Fargo for a celebration.  So, that’s where our pictures are.  Before we get to the train pictures, here’s your correspondent pouring caramel on some ice cream in [...]

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June 2013 Pix

30 June 2013

[Jimbaux thinks about you all the time.] Feeling Miles Away Actually, there are a few pictures from the last days of May here too.  These are all of the train pictures that I took from the end of May until the end of June except for the pictures of the Western Pacific heritage unit coming [...]

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Heavy CP Grain Train and BNSF Coal, North Dakota – 29 June 2008

29 June 2013

[Jimbaux knows that when you're on the edge and falling off, it's all over for you.] On the evening of Friday 29 June 2008 in North Dakota, Jimbaux photographed his first moving Canadian Pacific Railway train, making at least one train of all of the “Big 8″ railroads of North America his photographic subjects, the [...]

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Great Northward Pilgrimage, Day 5, Huron to Fargo – 22 June 2008

22 June 2013

This is Day 5 of the five-day drive from New Orleans to North Dakota in June 2008.  Day 1 took me from New Orleans to Heavener, Oklahoma.  Day 2 took me from Heavener to Pittsburg, Kansas.  Day 3 took me around eastern Kansas and had me in and around Pitsburg for most of the morning. [...]

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Great Northward Pilgrimage, Day 4, Nebraska and South Dakota – 21 June 2008

21 June 2013

This is Day 4 of Jimbaux’s five-day outbound trip of his Great Northward Pilgrimage of the summer of 2008.  Just like with Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3, most of what is written below was written in North Dakota a few weeks after the pictures were taken, and, as stated before, photo essays like [...]

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Great Northward Pilgrimage, Day 3, Eastern Kansas – 20 June 2008

20 June 2013

The description written below was written just a few weeks after the pictures were taken. And Onward We Go . . . Day 3 started less dubiously than did Day 2, though, having said that, those of you seeking photographic truth (whatever the heck that is) might want to wait until the Day 4 pictures [...]

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Great Northward Pilgrimage, Day 2, Heavener To Pittsburg – 19 June 2008

19 June 2013

[Jimbaux knows that it's not too late, it's never too late.] Yes, “Never Too Late” – a brilliant song indeed – and the rest of the Three Days Grace album One-X was new at the time of the Great Northward Pilgrimage of the summer of 2008, and it played plenty in my truck on that [...]

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Great Northward Pilgrimage, Day 1 – 18 June 2008

18 June 2013

In The Beginning . . . One of the most formative, educational, memorable, and broadening experiences of my life began on the morning of Wednesday 18 June 2008 as I left New Orleans for a summer in North Dakota and environs, not to return to the Pelican State until early August.  I was a participant [...]

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Western Pacific Heritage Unit Visits New Orleans

17 June 2013

So, yes, the UP 1983 – the Western Pacific heritage unit (the “heritage” fleet came about a decade ago when UP honored several of its predecessor railroads by painting one locomotive in each of the selected predecessor’s paint scheme, well, actually, an new paint scheme to honor the old paint schemes) – made its way [...]

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Lake Providence, Vicksburg, Jackson, and Eastern – 8 June 2008

8 June 2013

[Jimbaux wishes you were here.] Wow, I’m so thrilled to see a comment from Heath in the previous post!  I miss him from our days together at The Crucible, but it now occurs to me that other places in my life have taken the role of The Crucible, and in some very good ways. A [...]

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KCS Vicksburg Sub – 7 June 2008

7 June 2013

[Jimbaux is expecting just a little bit too much from the wounded, but he sees, sees through it all, sees through, sees you.] Yeah, so, as you saw yesterday, I was in Monroe along the KCS’s Meridian Speedway the first weekend of June 2008 for the KCSHS convention.  The Stroe Man and I foamed together [...]

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On The Way To And At Monroe – 6 June 2008

6 June 2013

[Jimbaux has turned the page.] This may come as a surprise to many of you, but until June 2008, despite having traveled to the far corners of the contiguous United States of America, parts of Canada, and various parts of northern Mexico, I had never been to the northeastern part of my home state.  That [...]

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Chasing The CRESCENT With My Woadie, Cleaning and Restringing The Electric Guitar

31 May 2013

[Jimbaux knows that success is his only option; failure is not.] Back To Trains So, you didn’t care for the sentimental pizza post?  Hey, I’m going to miss my woadie William, but although we do have trains in this post, we also have several other indoor pictures of another project as well as some pictures [...]

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Pizza With My Woadie

26 May 2013

[Jimbaux knows that, sometimes, goodbye is the only way . . . ] If you have come here only for trains, you can leave now. The Sun Will Set For You In a literal sense, this is an illustrated pizza recipe, but I hope that you’ll realize that this post is about far more than [...]

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May Day New Shots In New Orleans

7 May 2013

[Jimbaux knows that everything changes.] Hey, everybody!!  How are you doing?  Jimbaux has been up and down, and Wednesday was his first day in the weight room since January, the first time in the weight room since the back issues were bad.  Rest assured, we are only doing light weight here.  There are some exercises [...]

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A Revivalist Sunday Sermon

28 April 2013

[Jimbaux knows that denial isn't the way to forgiveness.] Yeah, what’s this?  Jimbaux bringing back the Sunday Sermon?  In spite of my predictions in the previous post, we do have one more post in April, but don’t get thy hopes up too high about a resumption of Sunday Sermons, thee dearest parishoners, for this is [...]

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Early Spring 2013 Pix

25 April 2013

[Jimbaux is almost fine again . . . or maybe not.] May You Live In Interesting Times Hi.  It’s been a few weeks.  Even though the condition with my back seems to be improving thanks to two epidurals, I’ve just been too busy to write here.  Times that I would normally have spent blogging and [...]

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The Shadow Warrior and The Mid-City Marine on Rich Mountain

9 April 2013

[Jimbaux needs serenity, in a place where he can hide; nothing changes, days go by.] When one of the influential people in one’s life dies an early death, it really forces one to think about where he is, who he is, who he has become, and how he became that way. The Shadow Warrior was [...]

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Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Kansas – 31 March 2012

31 March 2013

Warning: Too Many Pictures Welcome to Day 2 of Jimbaux’s 2012 Spring Road Trip.  All of these pictures were taken on Saturday 31 March 2012.  Day 1 can be seen here. From Heavener, Up Rich Mountain, Back to Heavener, Northward Through Pittsburg, To El Rancho Grumpo Hello, there.  Yes, I will present a ridiculous amount [...]

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Shreveport to Heavener – 30 March 2012

30 March 2013

Greetings, everyone, and welcome to Day 1 of Jimbaux’s spring 2012 road trip to the upper-lower parts of the valleys of the Arkansas and the Missouri, for lack of a better way of describing the area and the trip trajectory. Let’s just cut the chit-chat and get right to it.  After getting the boringness of [...]

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2005 And Still Alive

29 March 2013

So, y’all liked those 2006 northern-central Texas pictures?  Well, I did too, and it made me miss being in places like that.  Tonight, I’ll take you back even further, to the latter half of 2005 to the very beginning of my DSLR camera days, and we’re going to go across the length of the “Lower [...]

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Uncle Sam, Canadians, and a Gateway – 28 March 2008

28 March 2013

These railroad pictures were taken on 28 March 2008 in the New Orleans area. Photographing Military Trains Is Nothing New Nor Outrageous We’ll start with a military train making its way from the BNSF to the CSX.  The train has a BNSF crew at this point, but not for much longer, as it is on [...]

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2006 Pix Mix

26 March 2013

No, there aren’t 2,006 pictures in this post.  There are only five.  They were just all taken in the year 2006, June 2006 to be specific, and all on a trip to Texas and northern Louisiana.  Texas has been on my mind plenty lately, especially northeastern Texas, though plenty has been on my mind lately, [...]

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Trains, Cane’s, and Pains

22 March 2013

[Jimbaux never cared for what they do, never cared for what they say . . . ] The only driving of an automobile (or being inside of one at all) that I’ve done for the last two weeks has been to and from medical appointments and to procure food when I’m not smart enough to [...]

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Trains And Cane’s – 20 March 2008

20 March 2013

Does This Count As A Hat Trick? You tell me, as we will see three trains in one afternoon – the afternoon of 20 March 2008 – circular commute, but you’ll only see the head ends of two of those trains. Raising Cane’s First, we see the ILBNO – which would become CSX train Q192 [...]

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The Chip Local Interchanges with the L&D at Schriever – 16 March 2012

16 March 2013

As my tour of duty in the lower Atchafalaya and Teche was about to begin, I wanted while I still could do so to chase the Chip Local – and its smiling Conductor Chip – from its base at Avondale all the way to Morgan City (and then back eastward until darkness), something I have [...]

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March Madness – 12 March 2012

12 March 2013

[Jimbaux is digging his way to something better . . . ] Except that, one year after these pictures are taken, digging would probably be against the orthopedist’s orders.  Then again, maybe not, if done the right way.  Heck, I don’t know. Anyway, here are some pictures taken under cloudy skies on 12 March 2012 [...]

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March Darkness

3 March 2013

[Jimbaux took the low road in, [but] he’ll take the high road out.] Well . . . . and Madness, Clouds, Pain, and Stupidity Too Saturday was as much an afternoon at reclaiming life and its quality as it was to be bombarded with the never-ending stupidity of humankind, southern Louisiana style.  You see, dear [...]

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More Of The Same – 24 February 2008

24 February 2013

[Jimbaux is just giving you the same old story, same old song and dance . . . ] Same Old, Same Old . . . These pictures were taken Sunday 24 February 2008. A photographer friend writes to me . . . Ah, after a few years all your train photos look the same to [...]

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The Last of The NOGC GP7s Depart, and BNSF Trains Under Clouds

23 February 2013

[Jimbaux suspects that this will be the last time . . . that he photographs the NOGC GP7s.] Greetings and kindest wishes to all of you, be you gentle friend or enemy, for we have a few images on this lovely cloudy February Saturday for you. Farewell, Longtime Old Friends The GP7s of the New [...]

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Saturday Mediocrity

17 February 2013

[Jimbaux reminds you that a pretty face can hide an evil mind.] Do you think that Johnnie Rivers intentionally pronounced the “g” weakly so that people would think that he was saying “secret Asian man”? Beware Of Pretty Faces That You Find Here are a few pictures, not really all that great but also not [...]

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Chip Retired and People Assuming The Worst In Others

11 February 2013

[Jimbaux would like to remind you that it's in our nature to kill each other, in our nature to destroy, in our nature to kill, kill, kill . . . . ] We’ve Got Some Catching Up To Do Yes, to all of you out there in Jimbauxland, we really do have some catching up [...]

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New Orleans Trains – 9 February 2008

9 February 2013

[Jimbaux sees you at the crossroads, crossroad, crossroads . . . ] Here’s a look at the railroad action in New Orleans on Saturday 9 February 2008, a post that is brief but which shows some variety despite its brevity.  Much-if-not-most of the railroad action in New Orleans is interchange traffic among the major railroads [...]

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A New Year’s Eve Visit To Copperhead Studios

3 February 2013

[Jimbaux will keep on trying until he reaches the higher ground.] There Are No Trains Here So, y’all are worried about the Super Bowl today?  Well, this post has no trains, but if you need trains, check out the “Sunday Sermon” post that I did in New Orleans one year ago on Super Bowl Sunday.  [...]

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The IAVLB at Baldwin, Louisiana, 29 January 2012

29 January 2013

The early afternoon of Sunday 29 January 2012 finds Union Pacific Railroad train IAVLB emerging from the siding in Baldwin, Louisiana, on the BNSF Railway’s Lafayette Subdivision, formerly of the Southern Pacific Railway, and appropriately, therefore, a patched SP locomotive – UP 6345 – is the sole power leading this intermodal train (hence the “I” [...]

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New NOPB-NS Diamond, Henry Cars, Whatever

27 January 2013

[Jimbaux really can't afford to care.] I Don’t Have Time For This This is Not A Sunday Sermon Here goes almost nothing, very weak evidence that I have not given up on this site.  This is not much, but these are fresh pictures, the first fresh pictures I’ve published here in two months, the last [...]

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The Last-Ever Train From Valentine Paper – 7 January 2008

7 January 2013

[Lately, Jimbaux finds that he should be the one behind the wheel.] The End Of The End (But Not The End Of The End Of The End) One month ago, you saw the last ever railroad delivery to Valentine Paper, not only some of my best train pictures, but, put all together and with the [...]

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KCS Business Train and President Haverty Cross Mississippi River – 6 January 2008

6 January 2013

[You are Jimbaux's sunshine, his only sunshine.] As it often does, and as it did in three years before, the Kansas City Southern Railway’s business train visited New Orleans for one of the college football bowl games played in the Louisiana Superdome (either the Sugar Bowl, the BCS Title Game, or both), and on 6 [...]

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Chacahoula, Laurel Valley, Raceland, Paradís – 30 December 2007

30 December 2012

[Jimbaux is crawling in the dark.] After our Tennessee-Mississippi trip (Day One, Day Two, and Day Three) I spent that night in bayouland, but the next day, I headed back to Woadieville and got these pictures along the way, as is my customary fashion.  We’ll start with a westbound train at Chacahoula, specifically westbound BNSF [...]

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MSU, Natchez Trace, Kosciuzko, KCS Jackson, CN Hammond – 29 December 2007

29 December 2012

[Jimbaux is putting northern and central Mississippi in his rearview mirror, but only for six months!] Good morning from Starkville.  It’s time to rise and shine and head south.  This is the third and last day of a foray into northern Mississippi and eastern Tennessee that The Duke and Jimbaux took in December 2007.  Day [...]

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Shiloh Battlefield, Pickwick Landing Dam, Railroad Action – 28 December 2007

28 December 2012

[Jimbaux visited the Lake of Fire, well, at least something terrible like it.] This is Part 2 of a three-day journey that The Duke and Jimbaux took to northern Mississippi and eastern Tennessee in late December 2007; Part 1 can be seen here. And Now For Something Completely Different I have for you today something [...]

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Journey Through Central Mississippi To Memphis – 27 December 2007

27 December 2012

[Jimbaux is moving down the king's highway, paper bag in his hand . . . . ] Here’s something different for you; I think that you might really like this one! I’ve Got To Travel That  . . . The Duke and I embarked from bayouland on the morning of 27 December 2007, and we’d [...]

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The Moon, MofW, Amtrak, Chip Local, Rain – 26 December 2007

26 December 2012

[Jimbaux never cared for what they do, never cared for what they know . . . ] A Heavenly Time of Year So, how do you like the Sully Erna on piano version of that song? And Jimbaux Said, Let There Be Light, Homie Though not quite like my shots of the Transit of Venus [...]

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