1 October 2006 On The NS Back Belt

by Jim on 2011/10/01

[Jimbaux enjoyed a day without rain.]

Here are some pictures taken on 1 October 2006 as my pal and I were out foaming briefly on the NS Back Belt in New Orleans.  This is a Union Pacific yard crew climbing aboard CSX’s Q145, an Atlanta to Los Angeles intermodal train, and since a UP crew is boarding it, it’s essentially becoming that railroad’s KATLB at this point.

I guess they were checking out the two non-terrorists down the track from them.  As it turns out, four years later, I met the conductor and chatted with him.

Now it’s time for the train to move.  Do you see the loaded Tropicana refrigerator cars behind the locomotives before the intermodal cars?

That third locomotive is one of those EMLX pieces-of-junk; remember those things?

Perhaps John West would like the below picture.  If you want to see some really great railroad photography, check out his site.

And I seem to remember that my old homie Will liked the below shot when he first saw it when I posted it to some railroad picture website a few years ago.

Oh, well.  And, below, we see some boxes on their way back to China.

And, as usually happens on the NS Back Belt, there’s one westbound creeping up right behind the other.

That’s really all for now.  I hope you’ve enjoyed this look through my eyes on 1 October 2006.



1 Howard Bunte October 1, 2011 at 23:01

Amazing how many things have ‘gone down the pike’ since …Five Years ago…
I’ve lost a brother this past year…
you’ve seen pretty dramatic changes in your life…

and still… hanging in there…

2 Nathan October 2, 2011 at 00:56

Hey Jimbaux,

Is this about the area where the CSX conductor was murdered while waiting for a UP crew to come get their train?

Great pics as always


3 EDITOR - Jimbaux October 2, 2011 at 13:03

Nathan, I had fortunately forgotten about that tragic incident in June 2010, and I had to scratch my head for a few seconds to remember, but it took place a few hundred feet past the curve you see in the two going-away shots toward the end of the post.

4 PPA October 3, 2011 at 12:11

These make me homesick! This will always be a special location to me – it was my local spot of choice to go to for RR pics, as it was a 20 minute walk from my apartment on Orleans Ave. It is also the first location I started taking railroad photos from. Also (if I remember correctly), it is the first location you and I took pics at.

I really miss New Orleans!

5 EDITOR -- Jimbaux October 3, 2011 at 14:00

My whoadie, you are right. I hadn’t thought of it, but that was our first group foam location.

6 John West October 3, 2011 at 15:15

Yo Jimbaux. I remember GSCX 7356. We repainted it probably in the early 1990’s at the CN shop at Montreal. I remember liking the yellow high visibilkity stripe the CN used on their units, so I asked that they apply the strip to the GATX units. Looks like the paint job is holding up pretty well for 20 years.


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