Director / CMO
Since the early 80’s, Richard has been involved in the preservation of SP 745 and other historic railroad equipment.
Richard became acquainted with SP 745 when the locomotive was on static display at Audubon Park. Sometime in 1983 or 1984, he heard a rumor that the locomotive was going to be scrapped. Of course he went straight to the park to protest. However, when he arrived he found a group that was actually working to move and save the engine! It was then that he was hooked, and his energies turned toward assisting with the restoration effort.
His mechanical expertise has provided many valuable contributions to LASTA. He currently serves at the Cheif Mechanical Officer. Richard also currently serves as the director of the Louisiana Railway Heritage Trust.
Volunteer Spot Light (2010) - Richard Jacobs