More Pics of SP 745 Moving To Gretna Fest

by Jim on 2011/11/01

[Jimbaux is one part saint, two part sinner, and the last part still on the line.]

You whoadies and foamers might remember a recent article on NOLA Post that showed four pictures of the SP 745 being moved to the Gretna Heritage Festival nearly a month ago.  Here, I present the rest of the pictures I took that day.  Actually, just to make the story flow well, I will include again the four shots that the NOLA Post article showed.

Here it is blasting (well, maybe not) up the Huey P. Long Bridge behind a BNSF locomotive at the hands of the New Orleans Public Belt Railway.

I was standing next to my old pal Chico when I got these shots, and there were some foamers and people associated with the Louisiana Steam Train Association on the other side of the tracks.  I guess, and subsequent evidence indicated this is as well, that they like backlit pics of their beloved steam locomotive.

The name painted on the side of the caboose is “Duplechain” for Ray Duplechain, retired manager with the Southern Pacific and the NOPB, and reader and frequent commenter on Jimbaux’s Journal!

Dupe even commented on the aforementioned article on NOLA Post, and he’s likely to comment on this page too!


After that, it was time to go and shoot some of the OccupyNOLA craziness.  Yeah.  My father said that his favorite picture out of that series was the on the in Part 1 of the people with jobs and at work taking a break from work to watch the parade.

Back To This

So, To Avondale I went, and I shot the parked train sitting and waiting for a yet-to-be-on-duty Union Pacific job to shove it to Westwego and the New Orleans & Gulf Coast Railway.

Here (above and below) are a couple of shots down some empty yard tracks.

Here’s a broadside of the waiting train and crew.

Yeah, sometimes, backlit pictures are okay.

The Way Things Could Have Been At Nine Mile Point Road

Nice sunlit land is at Nine Mile Point Road as I wait for the train.

Well, that will be a great shot, won’t it?

The Way Things Were at Nine Mile Point Road

Here’s the way things were.

Oh, well.  In case anyone cares, there’s a UP SD70M shoving the train, and the UP job is the WG54.


Now, the New Orleans & Gulf Coast Railway picks him up in Westwego.

To the right of these pictures is a wye.  The NOGC locomotive will uncouple from the train, go around the wye, couple to the other end of the train, and take it through the wye.

That’s the NOGC pickup truck in the above picture.

Now, he’s crossing Louisiana Street.

Below, the train is now going into the wye, having crossed the street again.

This is the eastern leg of the wye.

Now, he’s going down the western leg of the wye.

Hey, look!  Now, he’s going the other way, and he has a train with him that he’s shoving!

Now, he’s coming down the eastern leg, this time with a train in tow.

Here’s the locomotive crew.

Not enough for you?  Here’s more.

I think that this is the generator car, or something like that.  I don’t know.

And I think that this is the Jefferson, but I’m not sure either.

There was a small crowd of people watching and photographing from either side of the track.  On the south side, there were a few ladies watching at the fisheries market.

Now it’s time to shove the train back to go and pickup the pickup truck.

The conductor has to flag the crossing for traffic on Louisiana Street.

Here comes that caboose!

We now see the traffic on Louisiana Street with the Mississippi River in the far distance (behind the levee, of course.)

And here’s the gaggle of people on the northern side of the track, one of whom told me that that steam engine had run tourist trains out of Bell Chase about a decade ago.

Of course, I had to correct him about this, saying that this thing had likely never been to Belle Chase and that the locomotive of which he was thinking was in Colorado.

And that’s really all there is to it, my friends.

I hope that you’ve enjoyed this.  I really need to run.


{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Howard Bingham November 2, 2011 at 00:55

If only the diesel’s had been placed behind the steamer, it would have been better, as in most other steam excursions where the diesel’s are for protection in event the steamer throws a rod or a gasket blows as with locomotives of the steam age, one can not get parts at the local auto supply store..

Great pictures though, even if the sponsors placed the diesel’s in the wrong place.

Howard Bingham 😉


2 EDITOR - Jimbaux November 2, 2011 at 01:15

This is not an excursion train (and nothing in the post indicated that it was.) The train was merely being hauled for a weekend of display somewhere. I suppose the NOGC didn’t imagine that anyone might want it done any other way, and I suppose that LASTA did not feel either the need to protest nor that it was in a position to do such. So, the diesel-electric locomotive was doing what it always does, meaning that it’s in the right place afterall.


3 Howard Bingham November 2, 2011 at 01:26

Understood, at least the body style of the passenger cars, are a close match to the era the steam locomotive came from.

Continue the good photography, I enjoy taking the time to review every photo essay you post, just wish I were younger & could get about the way I used to before the Doc’s pulled the plug on my driving.


Howard Bingham


4 raydupe November 3, 2011 at 21:46

to clarify the question regrading the position of the SP 745 not on the point….. the LASTA train was destined to the festival and was handled by the three carriers over their tracks. NOPB,UP and NOGC crews were in charge of the train; therefore, their power was on the point, just like a real train. Due to liability issues, etc the carriers are not willing to allow SP 745 operate over their lines; but, have been very generous to allow LASTA to use their tracks to the festival area.


5 EDITOR - Jimbaux November 3, 2011 at 21:57

Y’all see, I told y’all Dupe would comment on this post! 🙂 Thanks, Dupe.


Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: