Former Crew

Al Talbot
Electrician
Charlie Gholar
Track Supervisor

Charlie is out in-house track expert.  He is retired from KCS Railroad.

Danny Rawinsky
David Honold
Eric Scholtz

Erich passed away unexpectedly on June 11, 2013 at the age of 50. Born in Reno, Nevada, and raised in Piermont, New York, he eventually relocating to New Orleans. Erich was the Chief Mechanical Officer for LASTA and an avid rail fan.

As a designer of geological, geophysical and oceanographic instrumentation, Erich worked for Columbia and Stanford Universities. His expertise employed him on projects on every continent, including multiple expeditions to Antarctica, and sailed with the Ocean Drilling Program and on the research vessels other organizations.

Gerry Lynch
Mechanical Advisor

As retired chemical engineer, Gerry’s years of experience in local industry steam applications has been most helpful. He has been with LASTA since 2002 and previously served as our Chief Mechanical Officer.

Glen Carl
Harry Abbott

Harry was native of New Orleans and resident of Baton Rouge and passed away on March 4, 2013 at the age of 69. He frequently made the trip from Baton Rouge to the LASTA Yard to participate in the physically demanding work and was a certified fireman on SP745. Harry served LASTA in many roles and always looked out for everyone’s safety.

Retired from Exxon after 33 years of service as a First Line Supervisor, Harry also served over 10 years as a Truck Lieutenant for the St. George Volunteer Fire Department.

John Price
Keith Bonnette
Fireman
Marrie Morris
Support Crew
Mike Hankins
Support Crew

Mike Hankins passed away July 12 2006.  The “Hankins” crew car was named for his years of dedicated service.

Patti Abbott

Pattie joined LASTA has been an active volunteer since 2004. Since she first joined LASTA, Patti has photographed all of the SP 745 excursions, Steam Fests and other events. Just as importantly, she has chronicled the seemingly routine work done at the yard on Saturdays, the otherwise unseen activities that are now archived in the LASTA website photo albums.

Ray Duplechain

Ray Duplechain’s long and distinguished railroad career has taken him from the caboose to the front office. Ray began his railroading career at the end of the “steam era,” and he witnessed the transition to diesel-powered locomotives. Ray previously worked for the Southern Pacific and the New Public Belt Railroads.

Ray retired from the LASTA Board in 2012.

Steve Levet