The Canadian National Railway In Hammond, Louisiana – 4 August 2007

by admin on 2017/08/04

Here are 18 matter-of-fact photographs made on Saturday 4 August 2007 in Hammond, Louisiana, along the former Illinois Central Railroad now part of the Canadian National Railway; if you can here for photographic greatness, you might be better off skipping this essay, since the photographs presented here, while both useful and presentable, aren’t really awe-inspiring, and they do not in any way contain the excitement the likes of which we had last night, though you might find them to be informative.

I like CN boxcars.

I do not know the reason for these cars being parked in Hammond, and, not having an intimate knowledge of railroad operations there, I have difficulty speculating.

I do, however, have a theory.  These neat old IC family woodchip hopper cars were used on the Zee Job that had just been shut down a couple of months before due to the closure of the paper mill at Zee; perhaps they were in storage due to the mill’s closure, perhaps prior to scrapping.

You can’t even see the reporting marks on this one.

Several of these are old Gulf, Mobile & Ohio Railroad cars, and that railroad was swallowed by Illinois Central in 1972!

You can see the faded GM&O lettering on the car in the below image.

The curved track in the foreground is the end of the Hammond Subdivision, as it curves to connect with the north-south McComb Subdivision.  In the below image, I have turned about 90º to the right and am facing the southeast; the control box at the right houses the controls for the highway crossing just unseen to the right of the frame, and the “43.45″ on it indicates that we are that many miles away from the start of the Hammond Subdivision in Baton Rouge.

Here’s a better view of the GM&O car, and notice the bar code thing on the right!

The Hammond Subdivision has one pair of manifest trains operating between Baton Rouge and either Memphis or Jackson per day, a local train (maybe five days per week when these pictures were taken, but probably three days per week a decade later) out of Baton Rouge that probably doesn’t come this far, and occasional unit trains of coal, crude oil, or grain.

Local railroad service in Hammond is provided by a train based in McComb that works as far south as the Port Of Manchac.

I have always found Hammond to be an intriguing place.

It is, like Thibodaux, a small college town, though a more bedrocky, more WASPy, and less sugarcaney version of Thibodaux!

Here is a wider view showing the junction of the Hammond Subdivision with the McComb Subdivision.

Now, I am near the passenger station, where Amtrak’s City of New Orleans makes daily stops and usually picks up or drops off a healthy amount of passengers for a town this size.

Possibly after we had eaten, more than an hour later, the Fortner clan and I relocated about a thousand or so feet to the north to photograph a southbound train.

I am sometimes inclined to think that nostalgia is a terrible sickness, and I am often of the persuasion that I am infected with a debilitating case of it, the symptoms of which I am, from day to day, able to mask; it seems that being a railroad enthusiast is such a symptom, though one that might not be quickly perceived as a sickness.

So, here comes our train.

I like those SD70s.

That’s all for today.  I’ll see you back in New Orleans soon.

JBX

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1 Steve Boyko August 4, 2017 at 12:33

Sometimes it’s good to just record what you see!

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