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2011 Steam Fest Info

LASTA Members, your Steam Fest is coming up May 14th and 15th back at the Audubon Park Riverview. The construction of the new ballfields is finally complete. The fest grounds have doubled in size. Attendance for LASTA Members is free … Continue reading

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Louisiana Bicentennial Commission is now on Facebook

The state launched a new Facebook page for the Bicentennial. Click on the link to keep up with the activities including the state rail tour as details get posted. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Louisiana-Bicentennial-Commission/189130204463904

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Bicentennial chief looking for funding!

Retired Lieutenant General Russel Honoré recently spoke to the Press Club in Baton Rouge about the statewide celebration of the Louisiana’s Bicentennial. The commission’s goal is to raise $4 million through corporate and individual contributions. During the meeting, he spoke also about … Continue reading

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Christmas Party

The 2010 Christmas party has been scheduled for December 5th.  This members only event runs from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Due to construction projects at the yard 745 will not be on-site.  The Sea Island car will host Santa … Continue reading

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LASTA 2012 Statehood Bicentennial Tour

LASTA’s reputation and resume’ set the tempo for the next big bold chapter in our history. The Louisiana Bicentennial Statehood Commission held their third monthly meeting since their inception this afternoon in Baton Rouge. Our proposal was presented to them … Continue reading

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Steam Fest 2011 / Gretna Fest

LASTA Members, after years of competition with other festivals, schools fairs, football games and fickle fall weather LASTA has rescheduled our annual festival, SteamFest to the weekend after Mother’s Day. In 2011 this weekend falls on May 14th and 15th. … Continue reading

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Gretna Fest

All aboard!  745 will be on public display for the Gretna Fest, Oct 1-3, 2010.  She’ll be parked just outside the main gate to the festival with two exhibit cars and a gift shop open to the public.  Exhibits will … Continue reading

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Preparation for Kansas City

February 2006 – Louisiana Steam Train Association’s(LASTA) SP 745 2-8-2 locomotive was being repositioned in Jefferson, LA in preparation for a trip to Kansas City. This video was shot with an Ikegami HL 57 Betacam SP camera and edited into … Continue reading

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Christmas Party

LASTA held its annual Christmas Party on December 14.

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2008 General Meeting

On November 6, LASTA held its Annual Membership Meeting in the Jefferson car at the LASTA yard. On November 15, LASTA conducted a Safety and Rules Class.

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Steam Fest!

Steam Fest III -Steam Train Bluegrass Festival was held on October 5 & 6 in Audubon Park . Visitors were able to climb aboard our our magnificent steam locomotive, our red caboose and theater cars. Visitors were also treated to … Continue reading

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Steam Fest III

Steam Fest II was held on October 20 and 21. This year’s theme was military railroading with a special guest present who served in the US Army Transportation Corps during WWII. Visitors were able to see dozens of railroad photographs, … Continue reading

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Steam Fest

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the donation by Southern Pacific Railroad to Audubon Park of steam locomotive number 745. This year also marks the first anniversary of this historic engine’s rebirth as the Spirit of Louisiana! LASTA held … Continue reading

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Engineer’s Journal – May 5, 2005

David and I got up early and headed over to visit with our old friend, J.R. Phillips. J.R. is a living encyclopedia of steam knowledge and knowing him is a true gift for us younger folks who are running steam. … Continue reading

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Engineer’s Journal – May 4, 2005

David and I had an interesting diversion this morning. We had befriended Marty Soholt who is the Trainmaster of the American Orient Express. The AOE had tied up at the New Orleans Public Terminal and Marty extended an invitation for … Continue reading

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Engineer’s Journal – May 3, 2005

Most of today was spent cleaning the remaining tools and packing everything up in the Suburban. The train got a good cleaning for a reception that was held in the Jefferson car this evening. Jefferson Parish President Broussard visited with … Continue reading

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Engineer’s Journal – May 2, 2005

It was one month ago today that we made our grand departure over the Huey Long Bridge and took 745 for her first trip on her old home rails. In one way it seems like we left a year ago … Continue reading

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Engineer’s Journal – May 1, 2005

I had to get up early this morning so we could move the train. We needed to do a final spot on the train so that the entrance ramps could be set up. We then uncoupled the locomotive, pulled ahead … Continue reading

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Engineer’s Journal – April 29 & 30, 2005

Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30 – I’m tying these two dates together because of the kind of “day” we had. The Suburban’s developed a bad miss so I decided it give it a tuneup in the hotel parking … Continue reading

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Engineer’s Journal – April 28, 2005

Friday, April 28 – Today was our scheduled layover day in Jackson. I ran over to the train and watched Mike Hankins, Levi Coulter, Jerry Lynch and the guys from Mason & Overstreet removed the rods from the engine. By … Continue reading

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