These pictures were taken on Wednesday 18 April 2007. Just like yesterday, we are in Gretna, Louisiana, photographing action on the New Orleans & Gulf Coast Railway, but, unlike yesterday, we are not on Madison Street but are, instead, on Fourth Street (and we also won’t go to the Bonnet Carré Spillway.)
Check out that old Volkswagen van! It was probably terrifying the engineer.
You have seen many pictures from me of the afternoon movements on this stretch of track, but morning pictures here are rare for me, primarily because it generally conflicted with my paid work schedule.
All of this is really iconic of the time period that I spent on the NOGC.
This trackage here is formerly of the Southern Pacific Railway, the first few miles of the Sunset Route.
In the distance, the train will go into a curve that is part of an old crossover back onto former Texas & Pacific Railway trackage.
Twelve minutes later, here comes another train, just a little local train (for a shortline) that has picked up a hopper car at a little cement facility.
Having the big transfer train to stop and do this work probably would have caused a traffic jam.
And, since NOGC runs two westbound trains in the afternoon, maybe this is also a way of getting the power set back east.
That’s all for today! It’s also, thankfully (because typing this stuff is wearing me out), the last 2007 pictures for 10 days.