745’s Freight Run Suggested Observation Route

745′ Historical Steam Freight Run will start in Belle Chasse and end at the NOGC Yard in Gretna. The following suggested route should allow for multiple viewing locations.

* Please respect all traffic laws.
* Do not enter railroad or private property without permission. 

Driving Directions

  1. The trip will start near 14715 LA-23, Belle Chasse, LA
  2. Head northwest on LA-23 for 3.6 miles
  3. Turn Right onto Hwy 11 and travel north for 1.5 miles
  4. Turn Right onto LA-23
  5. Travel North on LA-23 and continue past LA 23 BBQ. The train will turn away from the highway and into the Bell Chasse Yard
  6. Travel North on LA-23 as the highway curves and continues to the northwest. After crossing the drawbridge, the tracks will then turn away from Belle Chasse Highway near Mel Ott Park. 
  7. Turn Right onto Hwy 90 (West Band Expressway) and stay on the access road. The train will pass under the Westbank Expressway by Primary Veterinary Care ( 90 Westbank Expy, Gretna, LA).
  8. Turn Left on Stumpf Blvd.
  9. Turn Right on Kepler St. The Train will then pass up the last major crossing near Cafe 615 ( 615 Kepler St, Gretna, LA 70053). 
  10. Turn Left on Monroe St.
  11. Turn Left on Romain St.
  12. Turn Right on Madison St. The train will travel North on Madison Street. This is a residential street with limited room. The trip will conclude at the Gretna yard. 

SP 745 Historic Freight Pull On The NOGC HAS BEEN POSTPONED!!!

IT’S STILL GOING TO HAPPEN..BUT NOT NEXT WEEK AS WE HOPED!!!

The New Orleans and Gulf Coast Railroad has just told us that they are not expecting a grain train on the property until late October or sometime in November. The NOGC says we will get approximately 5 days notice on when a grain train is on the way and we will give all of you that same notice as well as a projected date and time for this historic run.

Again…those of you who have been sitting on the sidelines waiting to hear if this historic event will happen, now is the time to make that all important donation to help the Louisiana Steam Train Association defray the enormous cost of this freight run. Many thousands of you have seen our post on Facebook and posted your excitement about this rare event. So think about it! If each one of you turns that excitement about our special steam freight excursion into a simple 1 dollar donation on our GoFundMe page…we would have more than enough money to pay for this once in a lifetime railroad event AND, with any extra money above and beyond the cost of this event, we would be well on our way toward the cost of rebuilding SP 745’s boiler next year as required by the FRA.

As previously stated, if for any reason this freight pull does not occur, your request for a refund will be honored. Rest assured, as soon as we get an exact date and time, you will be notified.

So how about it EVERYBODY! Click on our GoFundMe page and donate just 1 dollar and more if you can! Thanks! LASTA (Louisiana Steam Train Association)

SP 745 To Make Historic Freight Pull On The NOGC

745 in Kansas City by Gary Edmondson (2006)

FINALLY, it’s about to happen!  Historic Southern Pacific steam locomotive # 745 will be on the New Orleans and Gulf Coast Railroad between October 8th through the 16th ready to pull an empty grain train. As most of you know in the rail community the uncertain nature of freight schedules make it impossible at this moment to give an exact date and time of when this historic freight run will happen. All we know at the time is that, barring any unforeseen delays, it will take place within that 9-day time frame.

So those of you who have been sitting on the sidelines waiting to hear if this historic event will happen, now is the time to make that all important donation to help the Louisiana Steam Train Association defray the enormous cost of this freight run.

Many thousands of you have seen our post on Facebook and posted your excitement about this rare event.  So think about it! If each one of you turns that excitement about our special steam freight excursion into a simple 1 dollar donation on our GoFundMe page…we would have more than enough money to pay for this once in a lifetime railroad event AND, with any extra money above and beyond the cost of this event, we would be well on our way toward the cost of rebuilding SP 745’s boiler next year as required by the FRA.

As previously stated, if for any reason this freight pull does not occur, your request for a refund will be honored. Rest assured, as soon as we get an exact date and time, you will be notified.

So how about it EVERYBODY! Click on our GoFundMe page and donate just 1 dollar and more if you can.

Thanks!

LASTA 

745 Freight Run Update

Initial projections that the NOGC would have an empty grain train for SP 745 to pull this spring did not pan out but the railway expects there will be several opportunities for this to happen in the late Summer and Fall when grain season resumes.

As we have stated all along if for some reason the planned steam freight excursion does not happen WE WILL REFUND YOUR DONATION!

In the meantime, we will keep you posted as to exactly when this special steam freight excursion is expected to take place in August or September.

Thanks for your patience and understanding! And THANK YOU for your donations!

LASTA (Louisiana Steam Train Association)

LASTA Website – www.lasta.org
Offical Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/745Steam/
Go Fund Me – https://www.gofundme.com/sp745

SP 745 Freight Run

Santa’s North Pole Steam Train

December 16, 2017 – It was a magical day for a few in the city of New Orleans as SP 745, the last surviving steam engine built in Louisiana, headed out onto the main line.  Operated by the Louisiana Steam Train Association (LASTA), SP 745 had a special mission as Santa’s North Pole Steam Train.

Children and adults alike were enchanted with this one-time holiday experience as SP 745 steamed from the Fly (near Audubon Park) to Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World.  Once there, passengers disembarked and enjoyed a festive holiday party with hot cocoa and cookies along with a special showing of everyone’s favorite Christmas movie, The Polar Express!

After the movie,  SP 745 chugged her way to the foot of Canal Street to pick up that jolly old man himself, Santa Claus! As the special train headed back to the Fly, Santa handed out a special gift and invitation to all onboard to come to LASTA’s annual Christmas Party at the railyard the following day.  Additionally, each ticket holder received a 2018 LASTA family membership at no charge.

The crew of SP 745 would like to extend special thanks to the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad and its employees who worked with LASTA to make this event a great success.  And, a very special thank you to all the passengers for taking a holiday trip!

For more information on SP 745, LASTA and future events, please see www.lasta.org.

Fox 8 WVUE New Orelans

 

 

2016 Steamfest

Steam Fest Is Back!!!

After several years on hiatus due to major levee reconstruction on The Fly at Audubon Park, Southern Pacific Steam Locomotive #745 returns! It’s the 2016 Steam Train Festival!  The historic engine and her exhibit train will be parked on the rails at “The Fly” for all to see Saturday and Sunday, October 15th and 16th from 9 am to 5 pm both days.

SP 745 is the star attraction of Steam Fest! The nearly 100-year-old steam engine was built just across the river in Algiers in 1921 and is the only surviving Louisiana built steam locomotive. The old girl sat as a cold, static display in Audubon Park from 1956 to 1984 when she was pulled out of the park to make room for the expansion of Audubon Zoo.

Now 745 returns to Audubon Park as a hot, living, breathing, steaming, fully restored blast from the past! Visitors will be able to view this monstrous mechanical marvel and climb aboard 745 to blow her whistle and see how a real steam engine operates. Steam Fest is a rare chance to experience a unique and significant piece of New Orleans and Louisiana railroad history up close and personal.

But that’s not all! Showcased inside our theatre cars will be a special exhibit of the many historical monuments of New Orleans and their creators. The exhibit will cover monuments to real people erected from before the Civil War to the present. There will also be displays on the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad as well as the Louisiana Steam Train Association (LASTA) which maintains and operates SP 745.

As always, music is an integral part of the entertainment at Steam Fest. Hazel and the Delta Ramblers, a Steam Fest favorite, will perform along with three other musical groups…Bob and The Thunder, River Rats and Jenn Howard and Band. There will also be a bounce house and rock wall climbing to add to the excitement for the kids! Of course, Steam Fest would not be the same without good food, liquid refreshments and railroad related gifts!

All are welcome to come out, enjoy and support a special piece of living Louisiana railroad history at the 2016 Steam Train Festival!

2016 Gretna Fest

SP 745 APPEARANCE AT THE 2016 GRETNA FEST HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Due to circumstances beyond our control, historic Southern Pacific Steam Locomotive # 745 and train WILL NOT appear at this year’s Gretna Fest! We regret any inconvenience this may have caused.

Please look for SP 745 and her exhibit train at STEAM FEST! Check back here at www.LASTA.org for the very latest on STEAM FEST, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, October 15th and 16th, 9 am to 5 pm both days on The Fly at Audubon Park!

Steam Up

If you are in the area, please feel free to stop by the yard this weekend.  It will be an excellent opportunity to see the work in progress.

2015 Christmas Party

745 club members will be able to sit in the engineer’s seat and run the locomotive.  Not a member – ask us how!

Gretna Heritage Festival

Dear LASTA Members, your LASTA Crew will be in attendance at this year’s Gretna Heritage Festival, however, the 745 locomotive and her cars will not.
This unfortunate circumstance is due to lack of available rail to switch our equipment caused by the reconfiguration of the yard and adjoining track along the main line. Your Crew continues their efforts to reconfigure track for more mobility in the yard as our stopgap measure until the new location is secured. Plan to come to see all the work at the upcoming Christmas party in December. The exact date will be announced soon.
Meanwhile, we look forward to seeing you at the GretnaFest. Stop by and say hi!
Barry Keegan
Director
LASTA Marketing
LASTA will be present staffing our booth at the usual location on 4th St. and Huey P. Long Ave. along with Operation Lifesaver. We will support our sponsor Ellsworth Corporation with their maritime steam exhibit.

SP-745 Model Train Raffle

On August 5, 2012, the winning ticket for the SP-745 model train raffle was drawn.  The winner, Silas Cunningham of New Orleans, was notified and was quite surprised at his luck.

Steam Fest

Christmas Party

  • Date: Saturday December 3, 2011
  • Time: 1pm to 4 pm
  • Place: LASTA Yard 1501 Jefferson Hwy Jefferson, LA 70121

Yard Update

Track one was removed a few weeks ago. Track 3 and 4 have been gone for nearly a year.