NS Bernadotte Line Served – 26 October 2008

26 October 2013

Classic New Orleans Railroading Today’s visual trip to the past takes us to the Norfolk Southern Railway’s “Bernadotte Line” that diverges from NS’s “Back Belt” line across New Orleans at a place called East City Junction.  The Bernadotte Line, under NS successor Southern Railway, once had a roundhouse at Scott Street in Mid-City and went […]

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When The GP38-3s Were New To The NOGC – 14 October 2008

14 October 2013

I’m not sure of exactly when the GP38-3s first arrived on the New Orleans & Gulf Coast Railway, but this is one of my first – if not my first – shot of one of them, the HLCX 1011 on the point of this parked NOGC train, taken on 14 October 2008. The HLCX 1011 […]

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SP 745 At Steam Fest III and Returning Home – 5 October 2008

5 October 2013

You saw an NOPB passenger special on the first day of Steam Fest III yesterday, and now you actually see the SP 745 – actually see steam – here on day two of the festival, Sunday 5 October 2008.  First, on the way to the festivities, we see some streetcar action on St. Charles Avenue. […]

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NOPB Passenger Special at Steam Fest III – 4 October 2008

4 October 2013

Steam Fest 3, But Not Really, Not In These Pictures, Hardly The Louisiana Steam Train Association held its third annual “Steam Fest” at Audubon Park on the weekend of 4-5 October 2008, and here, although there are no pictures of the steam locomotive here, are pictures from the event on Saturday 4 October 2008, mostly […]

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June and July, Lies and Leftovers

29 September 2013

[Jimbaux wants all of your hopes to turn to wishes, and all of your wishes come true.] These pictures were taken in June and July, but this post is being typed in late September; so, the pictures represent the time two and three months before the mood reflected in the writing does.  We are now […]

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Hurricane Ike, Des Allemands, CSX, New Orleans – 14 September 2008

14 September 2013

I hope that you enjoyed the recent Hurricane Gustav and Memphis series, most of which can be found in the September 2013 archives (as my habit has become publicizing pictures five years to the date after they were taken.)  These pictures were taken only two weeks after Gustav struck, when another hurricane struck. Ike Hurricane […]

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Returning To New Orleans From Memphis After Gustav – 6 September 2008

6 September 2013

And The Only Pictures Taken Were Taken In The State In Between After my epic last full day in Memphis the night before, when we saw the Lorraine Motel, the FEMA-Amtrak train to New Orleans to bring the Gustav evacuees home, many MATA trolleys, a few Norfolk Southern trains,  and Central Station and the sinkhole, […]

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Memphis – Lorraine Motel, Streetcars, Sinkhole, FEMA Train, NS – 5 September 2008

5 September 2013

Memphis Hurrication Gustav – Day 3 An Epic Closing to An Unforgettable Experience The last full day of my Great Memphis Hurrication Gustav was a great and epic one, and I hope that you are educated and entertained by the pictures and the stories that go along with them.  Life is so short because there […]

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Gustav Comes To Memphis, CN President’s Island, Detoured Fly Ash – 4 September 2008

4 September 2013

Day 2 of my Memphis Hurrication Gustav started with my friend HAFMO at work, me out on my own taking pictures, the remnants of the hurricane from which I escaped catching up with me, and a train that normally passes through New Orleans detouring through Memphis because of the storm.  Last time, we got some […]

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First Day of Memphis Hurrication Gustav – 3 September 2008

3 September 2013

The Start Of The Great Hurrication Gustav Previously, On Jimbaux’s Journal Yesterday, we cleaned up big heavy tree branches blown down by Hurricane Gustav, cut them with saws, hauled them to the road, did other hurricane clean up stuff, made sure that the folks didn’t need any more help, packed some clothes, maps, and camera […]

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Evacuating From The Aftermath Of Hurricane Gustav – 2 September 2008

2 September 2013

[Jimbaux is wondering if you are wondering where do we go now?] Or, The Beginning of My Out-Of-State Gustav Hurrication For the second consecutive post, the headline might be confusing to some.  A full reading of this piece should explain it, and subsequent posts should remove all doubt. Where Were We? Last time, you saw […]

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Evacuating New Orleans Toward The Path of Hurricane Gustav – 30 August 2008

30 August 2013

Gustav Is Coming If the average reader is confused by the title of this post, those with any knowledge of Louisiana geography and Hurricane Gustav will be even more perplexed to know that my evacuation from New Orleans for Gustav was into Bayouland.  As I said two days ago, early projections had Gustav making a […]

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Waiting In New Orleans for Hurricane Gustav – NOPB, CSX, UP – 28 August 2008

28 August 2013

Hurricane Gustav was approaching southeastern Louisiana on 28 August 2008 when I took these few train pictures in New Orleans before train movements stopped because the floodgates that cross the tracks were closed.  Hurricane Gustav was a big deal for me and for folks back in the homeland – Cajunland – southwest of New Orleans, […]

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Atchafalaya River and The Chip Local – 24 August 2012

24 August 2013

Go Wide! On the afternoon of Friday 24 August 2012, we see the Atchafalaya River and The Chip Local on Tiger Island, but not at the same time; some of the views here are very wide-angle, unusual for Jimbaux. A Foamy Friday Afternoon Five years to the day after a foamy Friday afternoon on the […]

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River Railroading – And Getting Reported – with The Mid-City Marine – 5 August 2012

5 August 2013

The Mid-City Marine and his wife JMS were in town at the beginning of August 2012, and my woadie and I got together for an entire Sunday, beginning the day with a Sunday Sermon of yet-to-be published photographs (but that may be published by the time some of you are reading this), then a trip […]

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Leaving North Dakota, Heading Home – 27 July 2008

27 July 2013

[Jimbaux wants to be the magazine she bases life on.] Almost As Quickly As It Began, It Ended One of the more formative experiences of my adulthood was coming to an end on 27 July 2008, for it was the day that I left North Dakota, even though most of the seminar participants had left […]

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Chasing A Train From Fargo To Grand Forks – 8 July 2008

8 July 2013

[Jimbaux can’t pass up this opportunity to make himself absurd . . . ] Or, The Consolation Prize? The Northtown To Grand Forks Manifest The real kicker about today’s story is the great opportunity that I gave up by going on this chase and taking these pictures, and today’s song is very appropriate on many […]

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Minnesota Trains, North Dakota Architecture, People, Music, and Skies – 5 July 2008

5 July 2013

[Jimbaux is looking for something, something to be . . . ] The Walhalla Trip, Preceded By Morning Foam Yeah, it’s the day of the epic Walhalla trip, and I think that was the day that we played …Something To Be on the way back from there, which really got me to liking that album. […]

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West Fargo, North Dakota, Trains – 4 July 2008

4 July 2013

[Jimbaux is deprived of his conscience . . . ] Okay, so, it was Independence Day, and TI and Zzannie had us over to their house in West Fargo for a celebration.  So, that’s where our pictures are.  Before we get to the train pictures, here’s your correspondent pouring caramel on some ice cream in […]

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June 2013 Pix

30 June 2013

[Jimbaux thinks about you all the time.] Feeling Miles Away Actually, there are a few pictures from the last days of May here too.  These are all of the train pictures that I took from the end of May until the end of June except for the pictures of the Western Pacific heritage unit coming […]

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Heavy CP Grain Train and BNSF Coal, North Dakota – 29 June 2008

29 June 2013

[Jimbaux knows that when you’re on the edge and falling off, it’s all over for you.] On the evening of Friday 29 June 2008 in North Dakota, Jimbaux photographed his first moving Canadian Pacific Railway train, making at least one train of all of the “Big 8” railroads of North America his photographic subjects, the […]

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Great Northward Pilgrimage, Day 5, Huron to Fargo – 22 June 2008

22 June 2013

This is Day 5 of the five-day drive from New Orleans to North Dakota in June 2008.  Day 1 took me from New Orleans to Heavener, Oklahoma.  Day 2 took me from Heavener to Pittsburg, Kansas.  Day 3 took me around eastern Kansas and had me in and around Pitsburg for most of the morning. […]

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Great Northward Pilgrimage, Day 4, Nebraska and South Dakota – 21 June 2008

21 June 2013

This is Day 4 of Jimbaux’s five-day outbound trip of his Great Northward Pilgrimage of the summer of 2008.  Just like with Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3, most of what is written below was written in North Dakota a few weeks after the pictures were taken, and, as stated before, photo essays like […]

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Great Northward Pilgrimage, Day 3, Eastern Kansas – 20 June 2008

20 June 2013

The description written below was written just a few weeks after the pictures were taken. And Onward We Go . . . Day 3 started less dubiously than did Day 2, though, having said that, those of you seeking photographic truth (whatever the heck that is) might want to wait until the Day 4 pictures […]

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Great Northward Pilgrimage, Day 2, Heavener To Pittsburg – 19 June 2008

19 June 2013

[Jimbaux knows that it’s not too late, it’s never too late.] Yes, “Never Too Late” – a brilliant song indeed – and the rest of the Three Days Grace album One-X was new at the time of the Great Northward Pilgrimage of the summer of 2008, and it played plenty in my truck on that […]

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Great Northward Pilgrimage, Day 1 – 18 June 2008

18 June 2013

In The Beginning . . . One of the most formative, educational, memorable, and broadening experiences of my life began on the morning of Wednesday 18 June 2008 as I left New Orleans for a summer in North Dakota and environs, not to return to the Pelican State until early August.  I was a participant […]

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Western Pacific Heritage Unit Visits New Orleans

17 June 2013

So, yes, the UP 1983 – the Western Pacific heritage unit (the “heritage” fleet came about a decade ago when UP honored several of its predecessor railroads by painting one locomotive in each of the selected predecessor’s paint scheme, well, actually, an new paint scheme to honor the old paint schemes) – made its way […]

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Lake Providence, Vicksburg, Jackson, and Eastern – 8 June 2008

8 June 2013

[Jimbaux wishes you were here.] Wow, I’m so thrilled to see a comment from Heath in the previous post!  I miss him from our days together at The Crucible, but it now occurs to me that other places in my life have taken the role of The Crucible, and in some very good ways. A […]

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KCS Vicksburg Sub – 7 June 2008

7 June 2013

[Jimbaux is expecting just a little bit too much from the wounded, but he sees, sees through it all, sees through, sees you.] Yeah, so, as you saw yesterday, I was in Monroe along the KCS’s Meridian Speedway the first weekend of June 2008 for the KCSHS convention.  The Stroe Man and I foamed together […]

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On The Way To And At Monroe – 6 June 2008

6 June 2013

[Jimbaux has turned the page.] This may come as a surprise to many of you, but until June 2008, despite having traveled to the far corners of the contiguous United States of America, parts of Canada, and various parts of northern Mexico, I had never been to the northeastern part of my home state.  That […]

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Chasing The CRESCENT With My Woadie, Cleaning and Restringing The Electric Guitar

31 May 2013

[Jimbaux knows that success is his only option; failure is not.] Back To Trains So, you didn’t care for the sentimental pizza post?  Hey, I’m going to miss my woadie William, but although we do have trains in this post, we also have several other indoor pictures of another project as well as some pictures […]

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Pizza With My Woadie

26 May 2013

[Jimbaux knows that, sometimes, goodbye is the only way . . . ] If you have come here only for trains, you can leave now. The Sun Will Set For You In a literal sense, this is an illustrated pizza recipe, but I hope that you’ll realize that this post is about far more than […]

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May Day New Shots In New Orleans

7 May 2013

[Jimbaux knows that everything changes.] Hey, everybody!!  How are you doing?  Jimbaux has been up and down, and Wednesday was his first day in the weight room since January, the first time in the weight room since the back issues were bad.  Rest assured, we are only doing light weight here.  There are some exercises […]

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A Revivalist Sunday Sermon

28 April 2013

[Jimbaux knows that denial isn’t the way to forgiveness.] Yeah, what’s this?  Jimbaux bringing back the Sunday Sermon?  In spite of my predictions in the previous post, we do have one more post in April, but don’t get thy hopes up too high about a resumption of Sunday Sermons, thee dearest parishoners, for this is […]

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Early Spring 2013 Pix

25 April 2013

[Jimbaux is almost fine again . . . or maybe not.] May You Live In Interesting Times Hi.  It’s been a few weeks.  Even though the condition with my back seems to be improving thanks to two epidurals, I’ve just been too busy to write here.  Times that I would normally have spent blogging and […]

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The Shadow Warrior and The Mid-City Marine on Rich Mountain

9 April 2013

[Jimbaux needs serenity, in a place where he can hide; nothing changes, days go by.] When one of the influential people in one’s life dies an early death, it really forces one to think about where he is, who he is, who he has become, and how he became that way. The Shadow Warrior was […]

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Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Kansas – 31 March 2012

31 March 2013

Warning: Too Many Pictures Welcome to Day 2 of Jimbaux’s 2012 Spring Road Trip.  All of these pictures were taken on Saturday 31 March 2012.  Day 1 can be seen here. From Heavener, Up Rich Mountain, Back to Heavener, Northward Through Pittsburg, To El Rancho Grumpo Hello, there.  Yes, I will present a ridiculous amount […]

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Shreveport to Heavener – 30 March 2012

30 March 2013

Greetings, everyone, and welcome to Day 1 of Jimbaux’s spring 2012 road trip to the upper-lower parts of the valleys of the Arkansas and the Missouri, for lack of a better way of describing the area and the trip trajectory. Let’s just cut the chit-chat and get right to it.  After getting the boringness of […]

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2005 And Still Alive

29 March 2013

So, y’all liked those 2006 northern-central Texas pictures?  Well, I did too, and it made me miss being in places like that.  Tonight, I’ll take you back even further, to the latter half of 2005 to the very beginning of my DSLR camera days, and we’re going to go across the length of the “Lower […]

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Uncle Sam, Canadians, and a Gateway – 28 March 2008

28 March 2013

These railroad pictures were taken on 28 March 2008 in the New Orleans area. Photographing Military Trains Is Nothing New Nor Outrageous We’ll start with a military train making its way from the BNSF to the CSX.  The train has a BNSF crew at this point, but not for much longer, as it is on […]

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2006 Pix Mix

26 March 2013

No, there aren’t 2,006 pictures in this post.  There are only five.  They were just all taken in the year 2006, June 2006 to be specific, and all on a trip to Texas and northern Louisiana.  Texas has been on my mind plenty lately, especially northeastern Texas, though plenty has been on my mind lately, […]

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Trains, Cane’s, and Pains

22 March 2013

[Jimbaux never cared for what they do, never cared for what they say . . . ] The only driving of an automobile (or being inside of one at all) that I’ve done for the last two weeks has been to and from medical appointments and to procure food when I’m not smart enough to […]

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Trains And Cane’s – 20 March 2008

20 March 2013

Does This Count As A Hat Trick? You tell me, as we will see three trains in one afternoon – the afternoon of 20 March 2008 – circular commute, but you’ll only see the head ends of two of those trains. Raising Cane’s First, we see the ILBNO – which would become CSX train Q192 […]

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The Chip Local Interchanges with the L&D at Schriever – 16 March 2012

16 March 2013

As my tour of duty in the lower Atchafalaya and Teche was about to begin, I wanted while I still could do so to chase the Chip Local – and its smiling Conductor Chip – from its base at Avondale all the way to Morgan City (and then back eastward until darkness), something I have […]

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March Madness – 12 March 2012

12 March 2013

[Jimbaux is digging his way to something better . . . ] Except that, one year after these pictures are taken, digging would probably be against the orthopedist’s orders.  Then again, maybe not, if done the right way.  Heck, I don’t know. Anyway, here are some pictures taken under cloudy skies on 12 March 2012 […]

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March Darkness

3 March 2013

[Jimbaux took the low road in, [but] he’ll take the high road out.] Well . . . . and Madness, Clouds, Pain, and Stupidity Too Saturday was as much an afternoon at reclaiming life and its quality as it was to be bombarded with the never-ending stupidity of humankind, southern Louisiana style.  You see, dear […]

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More Of The Same – 24 February 2008

24 February 2013

[Jimbaux is just giving you the same old story, same old song and dance . . . ] Same Old, Same Old . . . These pictures were taken Sunday 24 February 2008. A photographer friend writes to me . . . Ah, after a few years all your train photos look the same to […]

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The Last of The NOGC GP7s Depart, and BNSF Trains Under Clouds

23 February 2013

[Jimbaux suspects that this will be the last time . . . that he photographs the NOGC GP7s.] Greetings and kindest wishes to all of you, be you gentle friend or enemy, for we have a few images on this lovely cloudy February Saturday for you. Farewell, Longtime Old Friends The GP7s of the New […]

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Saturday Mediocrity

17 February 2013

[Jimbaux reminds you that a pretty face can hide an evil mind.] Do you think that Johnnie Rivers intentionally pronounced the “g” weakly so that people would think that he was saying “secret Asian man”? Beware Of Pretty Faces That You Find Here are a few pictures, not really all that great but also not […]

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Chip Retired and People Assuming The Worst In Others

11 February 2013

[Jimbaux would like to remind you that it’s in our nature to kill each other, in our nature to destroy, in our nature to kill, kill, kill . . . . ] We’ve Got Some Catching Up To Do Yes, to all of you out there in Jimbauxland, we really do have some catching up […]

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New Orleans Trains – 9 February 2008

9 February 2013

[Jimbaux sees you at the crossroads, crossroad, crossroads . . . ] Here’s a look at the railroad action in New Orleans on Saturday 9 February 2008, a post that is brief but which shows some variety despite its brevity.  Much-if-not-most of the railroad action in New Orleans is interchange traffic among the major railroads […]

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A New Year’s Eve Visit To Copperhead Studios

3 February 2013

[Jimbaux will keep on trying until he reaches the higher ground.] There Are No Trains Here So, y’all are worried about the Super Bowl today?  Well, this post has no trains, but if you need trains, check out the “Sunday Sermon” post that I did in New Orleans one year ago on Super Bowl Sunday.  […]

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The IAVLB at Baldwin, Louisiana, 29 January 2012

29 January 2013

The early afternoon of Sunday 29 January 2012 finds Union Pacific Railroad train IAVLB emerging from the siding in Baldwin, Louisiana, on the BNSF Railway’s Lafayette Subdivision, formerly of the Southern Pacific Railway, and appropriately, therefore, a patched SP locomotive – UP 6345 – is the sole power leading this intermodal train (hence the “I” […]

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New NOPB-NS Diamond, Henry Cars, Whatever

27 January 2013

[Jimbaux really can’t afford to care.] I Don’t Have Time For This This is Not A Sunday Sermon Here goes almost nothing, very weak evidence that I have not given up on this site.  This is not much, but these are fresh pictures, the first fresh pictures I’ve published here in two months, the last […]

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The Last-Ever Train From Valentine Paper – 7 January 2008

7 January 2013

[Lately, Jimbaux finds that he should be the one behind the wheel.] The End Of The End (But Not The End Of The End Of The End) One month ago, you saw the last ever railroad delivery to Valentine Paper, not only some of my best train pictures, but, put all together and with the […]

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KCS Business Train and President Haverty Cross Mississippi River – 6 January 2008

6 January 2013

[You are Jimbaux’s sunshine, his only sunshine.] As it often does, and as it did in three years before, the Kansas City Southern Railway’s business train visited New Orleans for one of the college football bowl games played in the Louisiana Superdome (either the Sugar Bowl, the BCS Title Game, or both), and on 6 […]

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Chacahoula, Laurel Valley, Raceland, Paradís – 30 December 2007

30 December 2012

[Jimbaux is crawling in the dark.] After our Tennessee-Mississippi trip (Day One, Day Two, and Day Three) I spent that night in bayouland, but the next day, I headed back to Woadieville and got these pictures along the way, as is my customary fashion.  We’ll start with a westbound train at Chacahoula, specifically westbound BNSF […]

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MSU, Natchez Trace, Kosciuzko, KCS Jackson, CN Hammond – 29 December 2007

29 December 2012

[Jimbaux is putting northern and central Mississippi in his rearview mirror, but only for six months!] Good morning from Starkville.  It’s time to rise and shine and head south.  This is the third and last day of a foray into northern Mississippi and eastern Tennessee that The Duke and Jimbaux took in December 2007.  Day […]

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Shiloh Battlefield, Pickwick Landing Dam, Railroad Action – 28 December 2007

28 December 2012

[Jimbaux visited the Lake of Fire, well, at least something terrible like it.] This is Part 2 of a three-day journey that The Duke and Jimbaux took to northern Mississippi and western Tennessee in late December 2007; Part 1 can be seen here. And Now For Something Completely Different I have for you today something […]

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Journey Through Central Mississippi To Memphis – 27 December 2007

27 December 2012

[Jimbaux is moving down the king’s highway, paper bag in his hand . . . . ] Here’s something different for you; I think that you might really like this one! I’ve Got To Travel That  . . . The Duke and I embarked from bayouland on the morning of 27 December 2007, and we’d […]

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The Moon, MofW, Amtrak, Chip Local, Rain – 26 December 2007

26 December 2012

[Jimbaux never cared for what they do, never cared for what they know . . . ] A Heavenly Time of Year So, how do you like the Sully Erna on piano version of that song? And Jimbaux Said, Let There Be Light, Homie Though not quite like my shots of the Transit of Venus […]

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Christmas Eve Westbounds – 24 December 2007

24 December 2012

[Jimbaux wishes you well on this oh, holy night, oh night divine.] Schriever Christmas Eve 2007 found at least two westbound trains on the MudBug Sub, and found Jimbaux photographing at least two of them.  Amtrak’s westbound Sunset Limited arrives at its first station stop at Schriever, La., and there are actually several people wishing […]

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Going Home For Christmas – 23 December 2007

23 December 2012

[Jimbaux is going home, knowing that on this day Earth shall ring.] Well, It’s A Nice Story, At Least Yes, kiddies, it’s the feast of Saturnalia, as the winter solstice is upon us, or as some ultra-modern and hip people like to call it, Christmas.  It’s a nice story, and it has helped to inspire […]

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Class One Four-Axle Action In NOLA – 15 December 2007

15 December 2012

[Jimbaux hasn’t felt like this in so long.] Something’s Got To Turn Out Right Hey, there.  I have a few pictures for you of local Class I railroad action in NOLA on 15 December 2007.  We’ll start on the Kansas City Southern Railway where we will once again see one of the patched ex-UP Geeps […]

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Amtrak’s Sunset Limited Doesn’t Stop For Nobody – 9 December 2007

9 December 2012

[Jimbaux wants you to smile and pretend that he’s not here.] That’s not an erroneous use of a double negative in the title of this post, my friends, as you will hopefully understand when you read the brief story below, but, if you haven’t already done so, I implore you to check out what I […]

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The Last Ever Railroad Delivery to Valentine Paper – 8 December 2007

8 December 2012

[Jimbaux has experienced the warmth and wants you t00 to experience the warmth before you go.] Remember Why You Came And Why You’re Alive The above-linked Incubus song is what Jimbaux associates in his own mind with the Lockport Branch, the subject of today’s post, which is a most soulful one as it documents not […]

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This Is A Test – What Is Your Answer?

5 December 2012

[Jimbaux’s decisions have brought him to his knees.] I need your help, specifically, your feedback, specifically from viewing the two versions of the same image below.  You might notice something different about this site now, and I want to know if the new width is a problem for your viewing.  I have changed the width […]

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A Day On The KCS In New Orleans – 2 December 2007

2 December 2012

[Jimbaux is the master of disaster, wondering if all his dreams are dead inside.] Hosting A Canadian-American Shadowing the KCS For a Day BobE is a big KCS fan, and he wanted to see everything on the KCS in New Orleans that he could in one day here, which gave me as his host the […]

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1 December 2007 – Barney Leads NOGC Grain Train

1 December 2012

[Jimbaux remembers the day that he met you.  The politics were already strong.  I think you knew like me that it’d never work out, and I’m surprised that it even lasted this long . . . ] If Only . . . How are y’all doing today?  Here are some shots of a Saturday afternoon […]

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Sunday Fair Pair at Live Oak

25 November 2012

[Jimbaux is wondering how much difference does it make?] I’m Still Here This one will be quick. I have plenty to say, both in words and photographically, but that will have to wait. I need to publicize my pictures of the Santa Fe painted F-units going to the Galveston Railroad Museum, and I have plenty […]

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Standard Time Sunday Sermon

7 November 2012

[Jimbaux knows that the more you live, the faster you will die, or something like that.] Yes, kiddies, it’s a return to the Sunday Sermon, briefly, and there will soon be a return a great many other good things for Jimbaux, albeit at the cost of some other good things, like the ability to easily […]

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‘New’ Lease Power On NOGC and Presidential Predictions

4 November 2012

[Jimbaux should fight the good fight every moment, every minute, every day.] It’s Your Only Way Isn’t that song awesome? For those of you who have come here only for my Presidential election predictions, you can skip down until you find the appropriate subheadline. Getting Back To The NOGC, Finally Schedules of work, work, work […]

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The KCS Meridian to Jackson – 4 November 2007

4 November 2012

[Jimbaux just needs time.] The only time that I have yet descended upon the railroad junction of Meridian, Mississippi, for the annual Railroad Festival there held by the Meridian Railroad Museum was in November 2007, and that’s not even true, because professional obligations meant that, despite my desires, I did not arrive there until Saturday […]

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All I Can Do Is Write About It

26 October 2012

[Jimbaux knows that all that he can do is write about it.] You might have noted (or seen on the Facebook fan page) that Tuesday was the one-year anniversary of Rie’s abrupt death.  Well, it was a year ago tonight – Wednesday 26 October 2011 – that I broke down crying when I read her […]

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October, Don’t Hate Me, And Chip Come Lately

20 October 2012

[Jimbaux is a shadow of a soul.] October Surprise Although I’ve posted some “one-off” pictures on the Facebook fan page since then, this is the first time in nearly two months that I offer new (not “five years ago”) pictures here on the site itself.  The last post with new content was on the eve […]

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Classic Locomotives on the KCS in New Orleans – 6 October 2007

6 October 2012

[Jimbaux wishes happy trails to you, ’til we meet again.] The 6th of October 2007 was another photographic Saturday in New Orleans for Jimbaux. We Begin Where We Will End That has multiple meanings now, doesn’t it?  Anyway, we’ll start with a rare shot of the front end of a train with a now extinct […]

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September 2007 – NOGC Grain Train, Gretna, New Orleans

25 September 2012

[Jimbaux keeps learning that people are strange when you’re a stranger.] Actually, people can be disturbingly stupid and irrational and angry.  Wow.  Have you ever experienced something that made your already shaky faith in humanity take a nosedive?  Please don’t assume so much! Nearly a year-and-a-half ago, my father wrote this to me as we […]

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Rebuilding KCS New Orleans Yard – 8 September 2007

8 September 2012

[Jimbaux must be sleeping.] Recently, I’ve been showing some pictures that indicate that changes were coming to the Kansas City Southern Railway in New Orleans in the later summer 2007.  Well, here are some images of Railworks employees at work at KCS New Orleans Yard – still called “West Yard” by crews – on Saturday […]

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Traffic Jam on NOGC on Fourth Street – 28 August 2007

28 August 2012

[Girl, you say you just want Jimbaux to take you for a drive.] With You, I Can See A Traffic Jam . . . Straight Up Ahead Ah, classic Jimi Hendrix!  What do you think of Hendrix?  What do you think of tomatoes?  What do you think of cats?  What do you think of Senatobia, […]

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BNSF’s Last Pre-Isaac Stand On The MudBug Sub

27 August 2012

[Jimbaux wants you to experience the warmth before you go.] Hurricane Isaac is on its way.  On Sunday afternoon, I photographed what appeared to be a combination of a normal CSX-to-KCS movement on the New Orleans Public Belt Railway and an effort to drag cars from the low-lying France Yard – and it’s outside the […]

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KCS, New Orleans, Ferromex – 24 August 2007

24 August 2012

[And Jimbaux wonders, still he wonders, who’ll stop the rain . . . ] Long As I Remember . . . I need to post something here so that y’all won’t think I died or gave up or something, but it feels like both have been true lately. Here are some pictures taken on Friday […]

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An Unkowingly-Uninspired Sunday Sermon

4 August 2012

[Jimbaux is doing the best he ever did, now go away.] And I Wonder, Day To Day . . . Whatever.  Actually, I do have plenty to say right now, but I just lack the energy to say them; I’ve been very busy lately doing, among other things, challenging people’s never-ending stupidity and trying to […]

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Blue And Grey – 30 July 2007 on the MudBug Sub

30 July 2012

[Jimbaux has learned that everything changes.] We could just as easily say black and green in the headline, as you will soon see. If I Could Turn Back The Years, You Could . . . So, just like we did 15 days ago, we go back to the summer of 2007, and we have a […]

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An Unexpected Sunday Sermon

29 July 2012

[You save Jimbaux from all that he is.] The End Is Near, In The Thick Of It Don’t you hate when you have so much to say but can’t or don’t say it?  I had so much to say to go along with this now-week-old Sunday Sermon, but I’ve forgotten plenty of it and don’t […]

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15 July 2007 – Slimy Sunday On The Lafayette Sub

15 July 2012

[Jimbaux wants you to open up your eyes to the beauty that is right in front of you, and maybe point your lens toward it too!] The More Things Change . . . Here are some pictures that I just reworked this morning (five years to the day after I took them) accompanied by some […]

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A Black Cat, An Orangie And Chip, And White Ducks

14 July 2012

[Jimbaux did not see a black dog, but he saw a black cat.] Omens And Distractions Well, here’s a fairly quickly-posted post considering the timeliness (or lack thereof) of recent postings.  Here are pictures from the Friday afternoon drive from Bayouland to Woadieville, Friday 13 July 2012, to be specific, and, yes, there was a […]

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Patterson Pumpkins & Chasing Chip

12 July 2012

[Jimbaux is tired of how so many people like him walk on eggshells all day long, all I know is that all I want is to feel like I’m not stepped on.] A Miniature Rock Star? And Then It’s All Gone A flustering week it has been.  As you might know, I’m accustomed to dealing […]

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Bayou Des Allemands, A Perilous MAVBT, And The Return Of Chip

11 July 2012

[Jimbaux knows that the highway song is as lonely as the road he’s on.] On And On . . . The Time Is Drawing Near, Oh, Baby, I Wish You Were Here Hey, everybody!  I have some bayou pictures and sugarcane field pictures for you, and some Chip pictures, all taken during the Friday afternoon […]

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Sunday QLIWX, Two Interpretations At Alvar Street

11 July 2012

[Jimbaux wants you to think about it, think about it.] Were You There When They Crucified My Lord? I apologize for the fact that the inverted text (white text on black background) makes reading long posts here difficult on your retinas.  Jimbaux’s Journal exists foremost for the presentation of my photographs, hence the black background, […]

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Sunday Morning Prose, Lease Power, New Shot, Rain

8 July 2012

[Jimbaux sure does get a kick out of that Beavis & Butthead show.] Poetry, Prose, And The Intentionality Behind Them You might recall that a week ago, our Sunday Sermon was written in a rhyming, poetic fashion.  This is the second such post on Jimbaux’s Journal, the other being this year’s 4/20 posting. Anyway, recent […]

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Wet Friday On The Bayou And In The Swamp

8 July 2012

[Jimbaux understands that you don’t understand.] We’ve got a few pictures for you from the Friday afternoon drive from Bayouland to Woadieville of June 8, including a couple of similar shots of The Chip Local in the rain, but let’s get a few things out of the way first after some back-channel communication that’s gotten […]

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Sunday Sermon, With A New Deacon

3 July 2012

Whenever Two Or More Are Gathered In My Name . . . Greetings, dear parishoners, and we’ve finally determined, that we will publish this month-old Sunday Sermon. ‘Twas the warm Sunday morning of June the 3rd, and Jimbaux was up like an early bird, but unlike most times when he goes out to foam, this […]

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Investigating the KCS Gulfport Sub, And Being Investigated

17 June 2012

[Jimbaux is not the only one.] Today’s song has multiple meanings, though they will not be apparent until you read through this story of photography including a police encounter along the Kansas City Southern Railway’s stretch of railroad between Hattiesburg and Gulfport in southern Mississippi. First, though, I want to say a few things as […]

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Fear, Fire, And Ignorance In A Field

10 June 2012

[Jimbaux sees your ignorance and senses your fear and can’t wait to burn it down.] The Cycle Repeated Another case of a threat to photography, and, therefore, a threat to freedom of information, something far more important that photography, this is really a case of not only ignorance and fear, but also threats to information […]

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The Transit of Venus and of the M-NWOLAL At Schriever

5 June 2012

[Jimbaux experienced an afternoon of astronomy.] And The Heavens Said . . . Like the rarity of specific alignments of celestial bodies, happening eons apart, making our human existence seem like the trifle matter that it is, so too did fate bring Jimbaux in contact with faces from the distant past. I hope that you […]

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A Gluttonous Sunday Sermon, A Tapestry of Pictures

3 June 2012

[Jimbaux has had too much of a good thing.] Too Much Of A Good Thing Brace Yourselves For A Long And Wild Foamy and Photographic Ride Holy mother of GP40s and interchange trains, do we have a ridiculously long and profligate Sunday Sermon today!  You’d better make a trip to the toilet before you get […]

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Whiskey Tango Friday

31 May 2012

[Jimbaux blames you.] Whiskey Tango Friday Foxtrot You know it.  It’s Friday afternoon, and, once again, we have the usual drill of Jimbaux popping of shots on his way from swampland and bayouland back to Woadieville, and, as usual, popping off shots on the Lafayette Sub, ya hurd may?  Those of you seeking photographic truth […]

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Hazy Dawn At Chacahoula

27 May 2012

Creatures of the swamp rise as does the sun at Chacahoula.  The warm haze envelops the Cajuns starting their day, or, more often, passing through this travel junction of a hamlet, rolling fastly down the highways, and perhaps even stopping for fuel and breakfast at Wilson’s, the only retail establishment in this small village on […]

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A Faith-Testing, Time-Traveling Sunday Sermon

26 May 2012

[Jimbaux is a traveler of both time and space, to be where he has been.] Sunday Sermon All Will Be Revealed Listen up, dear parishoners!  Y’all hurry up and take your seats with the elders of the gentle race for today’s sermon, which will be brief, and please make sure you don’t fart during our […]

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A Fleeting Sunday Sermon

20 May 2012

[Jimbaux knows that every mother’s son . . . better hear what he says.] I’m sure that many of the audience of Southerners out there will appreciate both the subject of the photos as well as today’s song. Did y’all participate in your corporate-dictated and society-dictated appreciation of your mother on the particular Sunday of […]

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