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745 Freight Run Update

Plans for historic steam locomotive SP 745 to pull an empty grain train on the New Orleans and Gulf Coast (NOGC) Railway have been delayed until at least August or September. However, our GoFundMe campaign to raise the needed money … Continue reading

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745 Freight Update

We at Louisiana Steam Train Association (LASTA) are deeply moved and very excited by the response we have received from railfans and others on our plans to have historic Southern Pacific steam locomotive # 745 pull a freight train on … Continue reading

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SP 745 Freight Run

Exciting news, railfans!  Help us take a quick trip back in time! To the sights and sounds and smells of the mighty steam locomotive! What better way to help celebrate the Crescent City’s Tricentennial with a real blast from the past! Although … Continue reading

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LASTA Histroy – 2000

Our project was required by ISTEA regulations to have a governmental sponsor. Because we never received any serious interest from the Morial administration (City of New Orleans, Mayor 1994-2002 ), we approached the Regional Planning Commission to act as our … Continue reading

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LASTA History – 1999

After the Public Belt Railroad Commission’s denial of LASTA’s use of their track, one of the Commission members suggested that we investigate Norfolk Southern‘s short line to Braithwaite, LA. We explored this idea and found much enthusiasm from people in … Continue reading

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LASTA History – 1998

LASTA began negotiations with the NOPB to obtain permission to run 745 between the French Quarter and Audubon Park. Our presentation to the eighteen member Belt Commission was very well received, and a seven member subcommittee was appointed to investigate … Continue reading

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LASTA History – 1997

June 29, 1997 – One of LASTA’s first acts after its incorporation as a 501(c)(3), was to create a plan of use for 745 once it had been restored. Our original idea was to run weekend trips on the New … Continue reading

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LASTA History – 1996

Bruce Brown stopped at the railyard and began his obsession with the magnificent 745 engine coming back to life. The yellow sign, “Friends of 745,” led him to Richard and Bubba. They spent hours telling of its recent past. Bubba’s … Continue reading

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OKRA – 1984 to 1996

In the Fall of 1984, a crew of OKRA volunteers began to move 745 using panel rails that had been donated by the Southern Pacific Railroad. The panels were put behind the train and 745 was pulled along with a … Continue reading

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OKRA – 1984

The Audubon Park Board chose to place the fate of SP 745 in local hands and transferred ownership to OKRA. From that point on, OKRA members worked within the fenced-in, close confines to get the locomotive ready for a trip … Continue reading

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OKRA – 1982

  The nearly forgotten engine was on what might have been her last, one way trip, to a scrap heap. Audubon was planning a major expansion to the Audubon Zoo, which would eventually become their signature Louisiana Swamp Exhibit. Word … Continue reading

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SP745 – 1919 to 1956

1919 – In a burst of genius, the Southern Pacific placed an order for repair and replacement parts for their existing fleet of Mk-5’s. These 2-8-2 work horses were the backbone of SP / T&NO’s freight haulers, and were capable … Continue reading

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