Hi. After yesterday’s weird day in New Orleans ending in Schriever, we get some shots out on the Lafayette Subdivision on a great day, starting with this westbound BNSF Railway manifest train at Horseshoe Road.
I like these little flowers; they are called butterweeds, but we called them “pee pee flowers” due to some local legend.
Hey, look, it’s the Sansa Fe!
This thing seems to be moving now; I don’t understand why it was stopped.
Well, let’s get a going-away shot before we chase it.
Now, it’s time to get the dirtbag broadside at Chacahoula.
Okay, now, back at Schriever, we’ll get several static shots of equipment.
I like the Mountain Laurel GP10s.
All of the Mountain Laurel GP10s have since been repainted into the G&W paint scheme with Louisiana & Delta Railroad letter.
Here is some BNSF MofW equipment on the old Houma Branch trackage that in more recent times is used to unload cars of lumber.
We’re looking by the house track now.
I guess that the carbon black hopper car is there for storage.
Here is some equipment by the depot.
Here is a hi-rail truck by the depot.
Okay, now, it’s time for some more trains.
This is the QAVCB, which was once an about-weekly – usually on Sunday – train from Monsanto’s facility in Luling, Louisiana, to Chocolate Bayou, Texas; the “AV” showed that the train originated supposedly with light power at Avondale, and then went to the plant to pick up the cars, but previous versions of this train had a QLUCB symbol. The previous day’s train would come eastbound into the plant from the Livonia Subdivision.
The Chacahoula broadside is the perfect place for a one-locomotive train, or maybe I should say that a one-locomotive train is the perfect type of train for the Chacahoula broadside shot.
Now, it’s time to get him crossing the Atchafalaya River.
Let’s crop that image so that we can see the train.
Now, here is what is so far my best shot of the day.
Yes, I say “so far,” because it will get better – and best – right at the end! Until then, we have a few more mediocre images to see.
We’re in Berwick.
The train is on the siding to meet an eastbound BNSF Railway manifest train.
I think that the dark tank cars in this train were empty and the white ones were loaded.
Hey, look, it’s our second faded Superfleet leader of the day!
I think that these insulated boxcars were carrying wine from California.
Now, it’s time to chase the QAVCB even farther west.
Well, that was neat, wasn’t it? You’ll see better black-and-white shots later on today!
It’s time to head back east so that I can intercept another westbound train and chase it back west again.
Surely, this is a sign of some mental sickness of some sort.
I wish that I knew why I do this, and I wish that I’d spent some of this time doing other things, but you see the results here, and I hope that you like them.
I like plate steel and boxcars.
Let’s switch direction yet again and return to Schriever.
I guess that the Canadian Pacific boxcar, something unusual in these parts, was for the Lockport Branch, which you saw served 15 days ago.
The Lockport Branch – specifically, Valentine Paper – is the likely destination for all of these boxcars.
Apparently, I wasn’t driving my truck on this chase. I was driving a minivan owned by my parents because my truck was messed up, as per the universal joint scenes from yesterday.
Well, here is a train.
I guess that I have to chase it, don’t I? That’s what I do, I guess.
Let’s return to Chacahoula.
And, of course, let’s return to the Atchafalaya River, first for some barge foaming.
Well, that’s interesting.
Here’s an eastward view of Berwick siding.
There are some people enjoying a cool Sunday afternoon here.
You can see the “MR. CHARLIE” in the background; I’ll let you look up what that is.
This area thrives – and depends – on the local oil industry.
Here comes our train.
No, kids, don’t do this!
This is the floodgate on which they are playing, ans risking their lives.
I don’t really remember much of the details of what happened here.
Ten minutes later, with the westbound intermodal train on the mainline, our grand finale begins, with the eastbound Amtrak Sunset Limited on the siding.
These shots might not be worth presenting if the train wasn’t in the siding; the significant increase in the angle between the optical axis and the axis of the train is critical to the quality of this set of images.
This is quite an appropriate way to end a photographically voluminous weekend.
I hope that you learned something or were enlightened some way here.
Thank you for checking this out.