Rebuilding SP 745

Before any steam locomotive is initially put in service or brought out of retirement, and after every 1472 service days or 15 years, whichever is earlier, an individual competent to conduct the inspection shall inspect the entire boiler.

49 CFR § 230.17
SP 745 at Gretna Fest


We’re off to a great start but we still need additional funds to complete the rebuild. To donate, click the button below or visit our website for more information about upcoming donation drives and sponsorships.  Your generous support goes a long way toward our goal of saving a significant and unique piece of Louisiana railroad history!  

Santa’s North Pole Steam Train

Join Us!

Your membership and support give us the ability to keep SP 745 operational and available to the public. Your annual dues of $45 cover you and your immediate family from January to December.

The 745 Club is an exclusive group of LASTA members. Your one-time donation of $745 provides you with a Lifetime membership.


Please visit us at the yard on any given Saturday, meet our people, check out the projects and consider becoming part of the Crew!  The yard is located at 1501 Jefferson Hwy (New Orleans) across the street from Ochsner Hospital.  You do not need any specific railroad experience.

Help in all sorts of ways – train operations, maintenance, yard work, technical expertise, marketing, administrative, special events, etc. We have a place for YOU! Join us on Saturdays at the yard and meet other members with the same love of railroads.