Freight Run Canceled

We are very sorry to report that plans for historic steam locomotive SP 745 to pull a freight train on the New Orleans and Gulf Coast Railway (NOGC) have fallen apart! One of the railroads we would need to use to get to the NOGC could not accommodate us due to severe congestion.

Again, the much hoped for freight pull by SP 745 HAS BEEN CANCELED. We will have more information soon as it relates to your donations on our GoFundMe page.

Thank you!

The Louisiana Steam Train Association (LASTA)

Freight Run Update

The grain train that SP 745 is planning to pull on the New Orleans and Gulf Coast Railway has been delayed and now could arrive as early as Sunday around 12 noon to as late as Monday or Tuesday. That means SP 745’s pull could occur as late as Wednesday or Thursday. Keep those toes and fingers crossed. We will keep you updated so stay tuned!

Freight Run

Heads Up, Everybody!

KEEP YOUR FINGERS AND TOES CROSSED cause it looks like if, everything falls into place, it’s really going to happen!

The word is the New Orleans and Gulf Coast Railway is getting a grain train this week and it will be empty and ready for historic steam locomotive SP 745 to pull this Sunday or Monday. So get your still and video cameras ready!

Yes! I know it’s Easter Sunday but it’s NOW OR NEVER FOR QUITE A WHILE! That’s because SP 745’s 15 years of service is up at the end of this month and won’t be able to run until her boiler is completely rebuilt per FRA rules and regulations.

There is still 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 expressed 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 small (or LARGE) 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 to keep the old girl steaming for years to come.

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 AND THE EXACT DATE AND TIME, YOU WILL BE NOTIFIED IMMEDIATELY!

So how about it EVERYBODY! Click on our GoFundMe page and make a donation! Every little bit helps!

Thanks!

LASTA (Louisiana Steam Train Association)


https://www.gofundme.com/sp745&rcid=r01-155537541149-a4c691bbc3c84370&pc=ot_co_campmgmt_w

Freight Run Update

Yet another delay in our plans for historic steam locomotive SP 745 to pull an empty grain train on the New Orleans and Gulf Coast Railroad. The NOGC has just informed us that they do not expect a grain train for us to pull for another two weeks. 

Again, 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. 

There is still 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 expressed 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)

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!