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2015 Gretnafest

SP-745 will be appearing at the 21st Annual Gretna Heritage Festival from October 2nd to October 4th. We will be setup with Operation Lifesaver at our normal location on 4th street. For more information about Gretna Heritage Festival, visit www.gretnafest.com        … Continue reading

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2015 Gretna Fest (OCT 2-4)

LASTA is in the process in finalizing plans to attend the 2015 Gretna Fest.  At the time we, are planning to arrive at our usual location on 4th street in the morning on Friday, October 2nd.   Stay tuned to this website … Continue reading

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2015 Christmas Party

The party has been scheduled for December 12th from Noon to 4 pm.  Please come and join us and bring some friends.  Santa will be arriving by train. We will have train rides for everyone.  745 Club members can get it the … Continue reading

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2014 General Membership Meeting

The general membership board meeting will be next Thursday, November 6th at 7:00pm in the Jefferson car at the rail yard. Included in this board meeting will be the board elections.

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“The Heart Of Louisiana”

SP 745 and LASTA were the subject of the latest installment of the weekly news feature, “The Heart Of Louisiana” which airs in New Orleans on FOX 8 WVUE-TV. http://www.fox8live.com/story/24594984/heart-of-louisiana-locomotive-745

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Dear Friend of 745, we do not want to disappoint you by not having the engine fired up and giving rides for our annual event. As a result we will postpone the Christmas Party at the LASTA yard, 1501 Jefferson … Continue reading

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General Membership Meeting

The General Membership meeting has been schedule for December 5th.  The meeting will start at 7 PM in the Jefferson Car at the yard.

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LASTA Christmas Party

The Christmas Party has been scheduled for December  8th from 12 Noon to 4 PM.

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Follow us on Twitter @SP_745

We have set up a new Twitter account and will be posting updates as we travel to the Gretna Festival. You can follow 745 at-  https://twitter.com/SP_745

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GretnaFest is Approaching

Dear friend of the 745, your LASTA Crew is continuing preparations to return to GretnaFest again this year. There has been tremendous progress to date. We are in the final week to get everything ready. We will fire the engine … Continue reading

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745 Update for Gretnafest

Here are some update photos of the engine to show the progress to date on the engine. Come on out to see 745 in person. We are happy to have the extra help. Barry Keegan    

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Gretnafest

Dear Friend of the 745, LASTA is happy to report that the 745 will again be prominently displayed on 4th St. at the upcoming GretneFest on October 4, 5 and 6th. The engine will cross the Huey P. Long with the … Continue reading

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Erich Scholz

LASTA’ s Chief Mechanical Officer Erich Scholz passexd away unexpectedly on June 11, 2013.  He was an integral member of the crew and will be missed greatly. Because of his love for railroading, his family requested that any donations in his … Continue reading

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STEAMFEST Update

LASTA is working hard to arrange and hold its annual celebration of Louisiana’s railroad heritage, STEAMFEST. Due to conflicts with the levee raising project, Audubon Institute was unable to approve our requested SteamFest dates of May 18-19. The preceding weekend, … Continue reading

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Jan 25, 2013 – Replacement Blood Drive for Ed Ernewein

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Board of Directors

The new board of director was elected at our last meeting.  Long time voluneteer and board member Ray Duplechain has retired and was replaced by Bill Ellsworth. Elected by the Board 1 – James Amdal 2 – David Bartee 3 … Continue reading

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Christmas Party (2012)

Dear LASTA Members, you are cordially invited to come out to the LASTA yard next Sunday between noon and 3:00 for our annual Christmas Party. Reliable old Agnes will provide train rides for all to show off the newly reconfigured … Continue reading

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LASTA Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting will be held on Friday, November 30th at 7:00pm in the Jefferson car.

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Annual Meeting

The annual meeting originally schedule for Nov 4th has been postponed. LASTA will post the new date as soon as possible.

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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 … Continue reading

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