This set of pictures was made on 27 December 2006, showing scenes of action of Louisiana & Delta Railroad train SC1 as it worked east of Schriever.
We start at Paradís, where the LDRR 1500 – the class CF7 on L&D’s roster – was working at the Discovery Gas Plant.
As you can see here, like you saw yesterday, it still had its silver underbelly paint. Apparently, the 1850 that you saw coupled to the 1500 yesterday had since broken down, meaning that this old CF7 was doing some work that the slightly more powerful 1850 normally does.
I’m not sure what was happening here, but it appears that the locomotive is not moving and may not have been occupied; I guess that the crew was waiting on Amtrak’s westbound Sunset Limited to pass so that it could use the mainline to do work.
So, apparently, I decided to try and get a shot of the #1, but not after getting a few more static shots here.
That old truck gave me some good times!
Okay, next, we are at Bayou Des Allemands to shoot the #1, but here’s a shot of the old highway bridge while we wait.
And here’s the #1 crossing Bayou Des Allemands.
Next, I return to Paradís to see the SC1 switching at Vallier.
The Cajun Porkchop shows up to join in the fun.
Then, a westbound Union Pacific Railroad train with NS power passes.
Since our L&D train was waiting on this UP train to go east, the latter train’s passage was our cue to go to Des Allemands to set up, and this would be the second train that I shoot here today.
Porkchop has lost plenty of weight since these pictures were taken.
Here is our train.
Here may be my shot of the day.
My hope on this day was that the Lockport Branch would be served; there was one – and maybe only one – boxcar bound for Valentine Paper in Raceland. This would be extra awesome with the CF7 in charge, since those things were L&D’s branchline locomotives but were replaced by the GP10s nearly a decade before on jobs like the Schriever Job that also had to do plenty of mainline running.
Here’s the train coming into Raceland.
I really like this next view, which really captures much of the essence of the CF7 – and, thus, the L&D, too.
Now, the train is entering the track into Raceland proper.
I believe that, technically, this is the beginning of the Lockport Branch, but I think of the branch as not really starting until after the crossing of the original Highway 90, since anything before that is still for Raceland industries.
About a half-hour transpired between the above image and the below image, and I guess it is because the train switched the MTI facility.
In the above image, the locomotive prepares to shove that loaded lumber car, and you can see what appears to be a boxcar in the cut behind the locomotive; 27 minutes passed between the above image and the below image, leading me to think that the train served Raceland Raw Sugars in the interim.
About the only interesting thing that we’d get to see today was the train spotting this loaded car of lumber for Dufrene Building Material.
The location of these transloads changed in 2010 to Schriever, but, in 2014, a part of this track started being used to offload potash from hopper cars.
There is something that I just love about lumber on a railroad car.
Now, the locomotive departs, with some tank cars that were on this end of the shove.
At one time, this track went across La. Hwy. 308 to serve a feed store.
Well, it’s too bad that I won’t see a train on the branch today.
I was hoping that that would happen before I leave tomorrow for a 10-day trip to Mexico. I wonder what Porkchop thinks of that.
It would have been so appropriately awesome for me to have had a great chase on the branch – of a train led by a CF7, no less – the day before leaving for Mexico, but it didn’t happen.
Oh, well. That’s enough of that. One year to the day before I took these pictures, I shot a similarly bountiful set of pictures on a southeastern Louisiana shortline railroad when I got a street-running hat trick on the New Orleans & Gulf Coast Railway. The next day, however, tomorrow, I would return to Mexico.