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11/18/2019
 
 
 
 
 
By:Michael Palmieri
Dates:1/1/1973 - 12/12/2006
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SP No. 1
Title:  SP No. 1
Description:  The high, midday summer sun made for poor lighting, but that didn't stop Joe Wilhelm from shooting the westbound SUNSET in New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal. Train No. 1 was on track 12, awaiting its 12:01 PM departure, with E9A 6046, E7B 5909 and six cars: an unidentified deadhead, a baggage car, three coaches, and an AUTOMAT food service car. The 6046 was the first of the Espee's nine E9A units and was traded-in to EMD in February 1970, while the 5909 was the last of the railroad's 10 E7B's and was sent back to EMD in October 1968. A year after this photo, tracks 7-12 would be shortened by about 600 feet so that a bus parking area could be built here, and then scenes like this would no longer be possible. (approximate day)
Photo Date:  6/6/1968  Upload Date: 9/24/2016 9:48:04 PM
Location:  New Orleans, LA
Author:  Joseph Wilhelm photo
Categories:  Station,Passenger
Locomotives:  SP 6046(E9A)
Views:  664   Comments: 1
SP No. 1
Title:  SP No. 1
Description:  Just a few weeks before the SUNSET began running tri-weekly with an expanded consist, westbound train No. 1 was descending the Huey P.Long Bridge with its usual make-up of two FP7's (in this case 6453 and 6450), a baggage car, an Automat buffet car, and two coaches. (approximate day)
Photo Date:  9/16/1970  Upload Date: 4/17/2017 10:52:31 AM
Location:  Avondale, LA
Author:  James H. Selzer, Jr. photo
Categories:  Bridge,Passenger,Action
Locomotives:  SP 6453(FP7A) SP 6450(FP7A)
Views:  477   Comments: 2
SP No. 2
Title:  SP No. 2
Description:  On the last day of daily operation, the eastbound SUNSET was rolling into the station at Lafayette, Louisiana with its usual 4-car consist and some deadheading cars. From now on, the train would operate tri-weekly; but its consist would include a dining car and a sleeper, amenities which had been absent for a few years.
Photo Date:  9/30/1970  Upload Date: 3/9/2017 10:59:22 AM
Location:  Lafayette, LA
Author:  James H. Selzer, Jr. photo
Categories:  Station
Locomotives:  SP 6455(FP7A)
Views:  355   Comments: 0
SP No. 1
Title:  SP No. 1
Description:  On its last day of daily operation SP train No. 1, the westbound SUNSET was being serviced during its brief station stop at Lafayette, Louisiana. If the train was on time, it would have been between 3:17 and 3:21 PM. The locomotives were FP7's 6458 and 6457.
Photo Date:  9/30/1970  Upload Date: 4/7/2017 6:05:43 PM
Location:  Lafayette, LA
Author:  James H. Selzer, Jr. photo
Categories:  Station,Passenger
Locomotives:  SP 6458(FP7A)
Views:  667   Comments: 0
SP No. 1
Title:  SP No. 1
Description:  Shortly after going to tri-weekly operation - along with the reinstatement of a dining car and a sleeper - the westbound SUNSET was preparing to leave New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal. Today's train had SDP45 3207 substituting for two small units. (approximate date)
Photo Date:  11/16/1970  Upload Date: 3/9/2017 11:10:18 AM
Location:  New Orleans, LA
Author:  James H. Selzer, Jr. photo
Categories:  Station,Passenger
Locomotives:  SP 6453(FP7A) SP 3207(SDP45)
Views:  480   Comments: 0
SP No. 1
Title:  SP No. 1
Description:  Shortly after going to tri-weekly operation on 1 October 1970 the SUNSET was on its way out of New Orleans with its expanded consist at East Bridge Junction. The train was about to begin its ascent of the Huey P. Long Bridge, and was crossing over from the westbound to the eastbound track in the middle of Central Avenue. The orange tank car on the left was the New Orleans Public Belt's fire car for the bridge. (approximate date)
Photo Date:  12/18/1970  Upload Date: 4/13/2017 4:59:28 PM
Location:  New Orleans, LA
Author:  James H. Selzer, Jr. photo
Categories:  Passenger,Action
Locomotives:  SP 6448(FP7A)
Views:  306   Comments: 2
SP 127
Title:  SP 127
Description:  A month before Amtrak began operating the SUNSET, Southern Pacific car 127 STANFORD and three other Espee office cars were on the rear of the westbound train at New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal. The loading area for Greyhound busses had been completed in October 1969, and took up about 500 feet formerly occupied by the ends of tracks 7-12. (date approximate)
Photo Date:  3/1/1971  Upload Date: 5/22/2009 2:38:20 PM
Location:  New Orleans - NOUPT, LA
Author:  James H. Selzer, Jr.
Categories:  RollingStock,Station,Passenger
Locomotives: 
Views:  913   Comments: 0
SP SDP45 3209
Title:  SP SDP45 3209
Description:  Southern Pacific SDP45 number 3209 was making an unusual appearance on the ready track at New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal, as these units were never very common here. It would head west that evening with an Icecapades special, after those cars came in on the Southern Crescent. The consist of Extra 3209 West was ICAP baggage cars 108-111 and SP coach 2488.
Photo Date:  7/7/1971  Upload Date: 9/7/2017 4:48:40 PM
Location:  New Orleans, LA
Author:  JAMES H. SELZER, JR. photo
Categories:  Yard
Locomotives:  SP 3209(SDP45)
Views:  202   Comments: 0
SP U25B 6736
Title:  SP U25B 6736
Description:  On 11 July 1971 Amtrak’s SUNSET LIMITED left Los Angeles for the first time behind former Union Pacific E-units, but somewhere out in the desert the locos overheated so the train arrived in New Orleans behind a trio of Southern Pacific engines: SP U25B 6736, SP GP35 6547, SP FP7 6454. He is a view of the 6736 in the New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal diesel shop, with some railfans inspecting the cab. Southern Railway E8A’s 6908 and 2935 were on the left and NOUPT SW8 number 1 was on the right. The next SUNSET arrived in New Orleans two days later with UP E8A 929, UP E8B 927B, UP E9B 958B, and SP F7B 8109.
Photo Date:  7/13/1971  Upload Date: 9/15/2018 2:49:11 PM
Location:  New Orleans, LA
Author:  ROBERT A. SCORSONE photo
Categories:  Yard
Locomotives:  SP 6736(U25B)
Views:  511   Comments: 0
Amtrak No. 1
Title:  Amtrak No. 1
Description:  At 1PM on New Year's Eve 1971 the westbound SUNSET LIMITED was pulling out of New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal as four railfans watched. The train had four locomotives and 15 cars: SP FP7 6455, SP F7B 8290, UP E9B 912B, UP E8A 929; baggage-dormitory car SP 3102, 10-6 sleepers ATSF Pine Ring and Pine Lodge, SP 9015, SOU Dan River and SP 9021, diner-lounge SP 10411, coaches ATSF 2869, 2823 and 2820, automat SP 10609, and coaches ATSF 2819, 2836, 2822 and 2832.
Photo Date:  12/31/1971  Upload Date: 5/21/2018 11:56:06 AM
Location:  New Orleans, LA
Author:  ROBERT A. SCORSONE photo
Categories:  Station,Passenger
Locomotives:  SP 6455(FP7A)
Views:  118   Comments: 0
SSW SD45T-2 9300
Title:  SSW SD45T-2 9300
Description:  Cotton Belt SD45T-2 9300 was on the westbound SUNSET LIMITED as it left New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal, along with FP7 6447 and F7B 8290. The 11-car train consisted of baggage car ATSF 3536, three sleepers AMTK 2265 PLACID SCENE, AMTK 2011 CARDINAL, ATSF PINE SHORE, dormitory-lounge ATSF 1340, diner SP 10215, buffet-lounge UP 6200, and four high-level coaches AMTK 9915, 9949, 9947, and 9925. During the transition for former UP E-units back to ex-SP F-units in June and July 1973 SP freight engines were frequently used on the train.
Photo Date:  7/11/1973  Upload Date: 8/28/2018 10:20:57 AM
Location:  New Orleans, LA
Author:  Michael Palmieri
Categories:  Passenger
Locomotives:  SSW 9300(SD45T-2)
Views:  695   Comments: 0
Southern No. 194
Title:  Southern No. 194
Description:  The locomotives on Southern Railway No. 194, running today as Extra SP 6665 North, were stopped on the Gentilly Boulevard (U.S. 90) underpass as the train prepared to head out of New Orleans. This was the run-through train from Houston to Birmingham via the SP-SOU, and the train was stopped while crews changing on SP caboose 4402 back at Oliver Junction. The motive power was GP35 6665, U25B's 6735 and 6730, and GP35 6659; and this was the last time I photographed SP U25B's as most of them were withdrawn from service by the end of the year.
Photo Date:  7/7/1974  Upload Date: 7/7/2017 5:59:41 PM
Location:  New Orleans, LA
Author:  Michael Palmieri
Categories:  Roster,Action
Locomotives:  SP 6665(GP35)
Views:  272   Comments: 0
SP U25B 6735
Title:  SP U25B 6735
Description:  SP GP35 6665, U25B's 6735 and 6730, and GP35 6659 were on Southern Railway No. 194 as it prepared to leave New Orleans. No. 194 was the Houston-Birmingham run-through train via the SP-SOU, and this was the last time I ever photographed SP U25B's, as most of them were withdrawn from service by the end of the year.
Photo Date:  7/7/1974  Upload Date: 7/7/2017 6:00:15 PM
Location:  New Orleans, LA
Author:  Michael Palmieri
Categories:  Roster,Action
Locomotives:  SP 6735(U25B)
Views:  169   Comments: 0
SP Alcos
Title:  SP Alcos
Description:  Two pairs of 6-axle Alcos -- C630's 3142 and 3144 on the left, RSD12 2959/C630 3140 on the right -- rest in the railroad's East Bridge Yard. While these units were not very popular elsewhere on the SP, the railroad found them useful for dragging transfer runs across the Huey P. Long Bridge. All were gone from here by late 1977.
Photo Date:  10/20/1974  Upload Date: 1/17/2010 2:23:33 PM
Location:  Jefferson, LA
Author:  Michael Palmieri
Categories:  Yard
Locomotives:  SP 3142(C630) SP 2959(RSD12)
Views:  1896   Comments: 2
SP caboose 661
Title:  SP caboose 661
Description:  At 7:20 P.M. on a Thursday evening Espee caboose 661 was bringing up the rear of Job 209. This transfer run from the railroad's Avondale Yard to the Southern Railway's Oliver Yard was on the Southern's BACK BELT at East City Junction. East City Tower, visible in the distance on the left, had been closed and boarded up for about three years. The track on the other side of the caboose is the New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal EASTERN CONNECTION, and the signal protects the NOUPT-SOU switch. The freight train was getting under way after waiting for the southbound SOUTHERN CRESCENT to enter the NOUPT track. Job 209 had three 6-axle Alcos -- C630 3146, RSD12 2963, C630 3143 -- and 62 cars.
Photo Date:  5/15/1975  Upload Date: 5/20/2010 3:55:00 PM
Location:  New Orleans, LA
Author:  Michael Palmieri
Categories:  Action
Locomotives: 
Views:  954   Comments: 0
SP 2702 and 2703
Title:  SP 2702 and 2703
Description:  Southern Pacific 2702 and 2703 were the first MP15AC units built, placed in service on 27 August 1975. Here they were three months later, interchanging cars with the Illinois Central Gulf at the Espee's EAST BRIDGE YARD, next to the east end of the HUEY P. LONG BRIDGE. The headlight in the distance was a Southern Railway geep making a delivery to the Missouri Pacific in the New Orleans Public Belt's EAST BRIDGE YARD, just off to the right.
Photo Date:  11/29/1975  Upload Date: 4/17/2018 6:13:40 PM
Location:  New Orleans, LA
Author:  PAUL H. OLIVER, JR. photo
Categories:  Yard
Locomotives:  SP 2702(MP15AC) SP 2703(MP15AC)
Views:  634   Comments: 0
SP GP9 3717
Title:  SP GP9 3717
Description:  1959-model GP9's 3717 and 3703 and 1966-vintage C630's 3144 and 3141 power an eastbound transfer run over the Southern Railway's BACK BELT at L&N Junction. L&N Junction Tower, which closed in July 1972, is visible on the other side of the tank car. The large structure is the city incinerator on Elysian Fields Avenue.
Photo Date:  12/21/1975  Upload Date: 8/6/2010 12:09:32 PM
Location:  New Orleans, LA
Author:  Michael Palmieri
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  SP 3717(GP9) SP 3703(GP9) SP 3144(C630) SP 3141(C630)
Views:  1820   Comments: 2
SP Transfer Run
Title:  SP Transfer Run
Description:  This eastbound Southern Pacific transfer run was stopped at the east end of the Huey P. Long Bridge, waiting for a clear route through East Bridge Junction to one of the railroad's eastern connections. The train was powered by an "Alco sandwich" with RSD12 2963 and C630 3140 tucked in between GP9R 3319 and low-nose GP9 3727.
Photo Date:  12/27/1975  Upload Date: 11/22/2017 9:56:51 PM
Location:  New Orleans, LA
Author:  PAUL H. OLIVER, JR. photo
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  SP 3319(GP9R)
Views:  383   Comments: 1
Westbound Coal Train
Title:  Westbound Coal Train
Description:  Southern Pacific U33C 8663, GP35 6628, GP20 4063 and GP20R 4100 power a 90-car westbound coal train up the Huey P. Long Bridge. The coal originated in Illinois on the Illinois Central Gulf and was bound for Mexico. This was not a true unit train, as it had been divided into several cuts when it was interchanged from the ICG to the SP near the east end of the bridge.
Photo Date:  1/18/1976  Upload Date: 8/23/2017 9:49:18 PM
Location:  New Orleans, LA
Author:  PAUL H. OLIVER, JR. photo
Categories:  Bridge
Locomotives:  SP 8663(U33C)
Views:  618   Comments: 0
SP C628 3131
Title:  SP C628 3131
Description:  Southern Pacific C628 3131, RSD12 2960 and a pair of GP9's power an eastbound transfer run over the Southern Railway's BACK BELT at Frenchman Street. The SP kept 6-7 modified C630's in New Orleans from early 1973 until late 1977, but this was one of only two modified C628's which I ever saw in New Orleans.
Photo Date:  3/27/1976  Upload Date: 9/20/2010 9:22:01 PM
Location:  New Orleans, LA
Author:  Michael Palmieri
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  SP 3131(C628)
Views:  1580   Comments: 4
Westbound SUNSET
Title:  Westbound SUNSET
Description:  Cruising along at 70 MPH, SDP40F's 551 and 557 were powering the westbound SUNSET LIMITED passed the "temporary" train order office at Raceland Junction, as the operator gave the train a roll-by inspection. Steam generator car 1918 was tucked in behind the locomotives, which was very unusual. This "temporary" office was placed here soon after a freight train derailment wrecked the previous depot on 10 June 1967 and it remained here for almost 18 years, until the introduction of Direct Traffic Control (DTC) on 18 February 1985 eliminated the need for any train order offices along the SUNSET ROUTE between New Orleans and El Paso.
Photo Date:  8/6/1976  Upload Date: 4/14/2007 10:24:09 PM
Location:  Raceland Junction, LA
Author:  Michael Palmieri
Categories:  Signal,Passenger,Action
Locomotives:  AMTK 551(SDP40F)
Views:  5399   Comments: 15
Train Order Office
Title:  Train Order Office
Description:  This was the train order office and assorted other things at Bayou Sale, milepost 95.6 on the Espee's SUNSET ROUTE. It was closed after the introduction of Direct Train Control in 1985 eliminated the need for train order offices.
Photo Date:  1/27/1977  Upload Date: 5/20/2010 3:51:08 PM
Location:  Bayou Sale, LA
Author:  Michael Palmieri
Categories:  Station
Locomotives: 
Views:  705   Comments: 0
L&N 3019
Title:  L&N 3019
Description:  Westbound Espee train 2-241 had L&N GP40 3019 and a quartet of Espee units: GP9R 3697, GP20R 4139, and GP35's 6633 and 6664.
Photo Date:  4/16/1977  Upload Date: 12/17/2009 1:57:02 AM
Location:  Paradis, LA
Author:  Michael Palmieri
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  LN 3019(GP40)
Views:  898   Comments: 1
L&N 2704
Title:  L&N 2704
Description:  Three L&N units -- led by a former Monon U23B -- power westbound Espee train Second 241 past the New Iberia freight house and depot. The locomotives were U23B 2704, GP40 3002 and GP35 1128.
Photo Date:  3/25/1978  Upload Date: 7/1/2007 1:41:55 PM
Location:  New Iberia, LA
Author:  Michael Palmieri
Categories:  Station,Action
Locomotives:  LN 2704(U23B)
Views:  823   Comments: 0
L&N 2704
Title:  L&N 2704
Description:  Three L&N units -- U23B 2704 (a former Monon unit), GP40 3002, and GP35 1128 (ex-C&EI) -- power westbound Espee train Second 241 past the New Iberia depot.
Photo Date:  3/25/1978  Upload Date: 7/1/2007 1:59:06 PM
Location:  New Iberia, LA
Author:  Michael Palmieri
Categories:  Station,Action
Locomotives:  LN 2704(U23B)
Views:  851   Comments: 3
Engine Terminal
Title:  Engine Terminal
Description:  MP15AC 2712, four 1200-horsepower EMD, and a pair of GP9's populate the Espee's engine terminal at Lafayette. The yard here only needs a couple of switchers, so the other units will be used on the branches the originate here and at nearby New Iberia.
Photo Date:  3/25/1978  Upload Date: 8/21/2007 9:53:36 PM
Location:  Lafayette, LA
Author:  Michael Palmieri
Categories: 
Locomotives:  SP 2712(MP15AC)
Views:  1265   Comments: 2
EB SUNSET
Title:  EB SUNSET
Description:  It's 6 P.M. and daylight is fading fast as Espee train order oprator Molly Lalonde watches the fireman on Amtrak train No. 2 -- the eastbound SUNSET -- grab a set of orders at Lafayette Yard. The orders are actually for the crew who will board the train at the Lafayette depot, two and a half miles away. While the train is raising some dust, the speed limit here was only 25 MPH. The train had SDP40F's 573 and 537 with nine cars.
Photo Date:  10/12/1978  Upload Date: 12/19/2009 12:16:04 PM
Location:  Lafayette, LA
Author:  Michael Palmieri
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  AMTK 573(SDP40F)
Views:  833   Comments: 2
SCL GP38-2 512
Title:  SCL GP38-2 512
Description:  An eastbound Espee train leaves Lafayette, Louisiana with SCL GP38-2 512, SCL U36B 1783 and Southern Railway SD45 3131, 73 cars, and caboose 4303. SCL and Southern units were common on this end of the Espee, but not on the same train! The train is between Elks and Broussard, at the former location of Walroy siding, milepost 142.4.
Photo Date:  10/13/1978  Upload Date: 12/17/2009 1:50:43 AM
Location:  Lafayette, LA
Author:  Michael Palmieri
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  SCL 512(GP38-2)
Views:  1497   Comments: 2
Meet
Title:  Meet
Description:  On a dreary winter's afternoon, eastbound Espee train 242 -- with SD40 8440 and Southern Railway SD35's 3098 and 3051 -- was waiting in the siding at Cade, 131 miles west of Algiers, Louisiana; as the westbound SUNSET sped by with SDP40F's 572 and 527 and ten cars. The SUNSET's next stop would be Lafayette, 12 miles ahead.
Photo Date:  1/19/1979  Upload Date: 8/21/2007 10:00:47 PM
Location:  Cade, LA
Author:  Michael Palmieri
Categories: 
Locomotives:  SOU 3051(SD35) AMTK 572(SDP40F)
Views:  1052   Comments: 3
SP SD9R 4392
Title:  SP SD9R 4392
Description:  Southern Pacific SD9R 4392 paid a rare visit to New Orleans, on its way from Houston to Birmingham via the Southern. Here it was stopped on the Southern at Frenchman Street, between a very common GP35 and a rather rare SD35.
Photo Date:  2/22/1979  Upload Date: 7/3/2017 10:18:26 PM
Location:  New Orleans, LA
Author:  Michael Palmieri
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  SP 4392(SD9E)
Views:  225   Comments: 1
SP SD35R 6951
Title:  SP SD35R 6951
Description:  One of the Southern Pacific's 29 SD35's was making an unusual appearance in New Orleans, en route from Houston to Birmingham via the Southern. It was stopped on the Southern at Frenchman Street, couple to an equally uncommon (for this area) SD9R and a very common GP35.
Photo Date:  2/22/1979  Upload Date: 7/4/2017 12:47:48 PM
Location:  New Orleans, LA
Author:  Michael Palmieri
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  SP 6951(SD35R)
Views:  202   Comments: 0
SP SD40T-2 8565
Title:  SP SD40T-2 8565
Description:  Southern Pacific SD40T-2 8565 was on an eastbound run-through train on the Southern Railway's New Orleans Terminal Co. at Elysian Fields Avenue in New Orleans. It was with U33C 8667 and SD40T-2 8518. The locomotive was brand new and was retired by the Union Pacific in August 2001 without ever being renumbered UP 4505.
Photo Date:  3/12/1979  Upload Date: 10/14/2017 11:37:02 AM
Location:  New Orleans, LA
Author:  Michael Palmieri
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  SP 8565(SD40T-2)
Views:  346   Comments: 0
SP U33C 8667
Title:  SP U33C 8667
Description:  Southern Pacific U33C 8667 was on an eastbound run-through train on the Southern Railway's New Orleans Terminal Co. at Elysian Fields Avenue in New Orleans. It was between SD40T-2's 8565 and 8518. The 8667 had been built in April 1970 and was retired on 25 April 1985.
Photo Date:  3/12/1979  Upload Date: 10/14/2017 11:37:34 AM
Location:  New Orleans, LA
Author:  Michael Palmieri
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  SP 8667(SD40M-2)
Views:  175   Comments: 0
SP MP15AC 2709
Title:  SP MP15AC 2709
Description:  SP MP15AC 2705 was tied up along 4th Street in Gretna while assigned to the branch between Avondale and Algiers.
Photo Date:  11/9/1979  Upload Date: 8/6/2010 12:58:17 PM
Location:  Gretna, LA
Author:  Michael Palmieri
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  SP 2705(MP15AC)
Views:  1305   Comments: 0
Westbound SP
Title:  Westbound SP
Description:  A westbound Southern Pacific train was rolling through Orange, Texas behind SD45 9005 and U33C 8596.
Photo Date:  11/17/1979  Upload Date: 9/21/2018 6:15:52 PM
Location:  Orange, TX
Author:  Michael Palmieri
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  SP 9005(SD45)
Views:  468   Comments: 2
SP SD40T-2 8548
Title:  SP SD40T-2 8548
Description:  Southern Pacific SD40T-2 8548 had been built in January 1979, and most of it was still shiney enough to reflect the afternoon sun as it was leaving Avondale Yard on a westbound train. The locomotive was assigned Union Pacific number 8658, but this was not applied before it was retired on 6 August 2002. It was subsequently GE Credit (GECX) 8548 and then Helm (HLCX) 6140.
Photo Date:  12/21/1980  Upload Date: 9/4/2017 4:18:07 PM
Location:  Avondale, LA
Author:  Michael Palmieri
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  SP 8548(SD40T-2)
Views:  239   Comments: 0
SP U33C 8739
Title:  SP U33C 8739
Description:  Southern Pacific U33C 8739 was between a pair of SD40T-2 units on a westbound train leaving Avondale Yard, near New Orleans.
Photo Date:  12/21/1980  Upload Date: 9/11/2017 6:04:44 PM
Location:  New Orleans, LA
Author:  Michael Palmieri
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  SP 8739(U33C)
Views:  282   Comments: 0
SP 2711
Title:  SP 2711
Description:  A switch engine rests in front of the Espee's office in Gretna, Louisiana. The track running along the street was the railroad's mainline to Milepost 0 in Algiers until the opening of the Huey P. Long Bridge in December 1935.
Photo Date:  12/28/1980  Upload Date: 7/4/2007 11:17:52 PM
Location:  Gretna, LA
Author:  Michael Palmieri
Categories:  Roster,Scenic,Track
Locomotives:  SP 2711(MP15AC)
Views:  900   Comments: 0
SP GP35 6676
Title:  SP GP35 6676
Description:  SP GP35 6676 was tied up on one of the tracks that made up the small yard at Morgan City, having arrived on a local. The boarded-up buildings were the carman's shed -- on the left -- and the scale house. The cantilever signal in the background was a railroad landmark here for many years.
Photo Date:  12/28/1981  Upload Date: 2/5/2010 6:49:12 PM
Location:  Morgan City, LA
Author:  Michael Palmieri
Categories:  Track
Locomotives:  SP 6676(GP35)
Views:  908   Comments: 1
Schriever, Louisiana
Title:  Schriever, Louisiana
Description:  Here is an aerial view of the SP depot and yard. The track at the bottom of the photo is the branch to Houma.
Photo Date:  2/8/1982  Upload Date: 7/4/2007 10:43:06 PM
Location:  Schriever, LA
Author:  Michael Palmieri
Categories:  Scenic,Track
Locomotives: 
Views:  934   Comments: 0
Action
Title:  Action
Description:  GP20R 4121 is switching a caboose on the Houma Branch, while an eastbound train with B30-7 7869 and another GP20R sits on the siding.
Photo Date:  3/3/1982  Upload Date: 2/26/2010 3:59:47 PM
Location:  Schriever, LA
Author:  Michael Palmieri
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  SP 4121(GP20E) SP 7869(B30-7)
Views:  828   Comments: 0
Espee
Title:  Espee
Description:  We're facing west on the Espee main line at milepost 64.5. The covered shed on the left was used to transfer fish meal from a plant at Bayou Ramos -- about 10 miles west of here -- from trucks into boxcars and covered hoppers. The siding was worked by train No. 54, the Morgan City-Avondale Local. Today, the shed is gone and the track belongs to the BNSF.
Photo Date:  8/13/1982  Upload Date: 6/25/2007 10:49:15 AM
Location:  Donner, LA
Author:  Michael Palmieri
Categories:  Track
Locomotives: 
Views:  402   Comments: 0
SSW B30-7 7796
Title:  SSW B30-7 7796
Description:  Eastbound Espee train LAAVT -- the Los Angeles to Avondale Trailers -- had just finished doing some work at Morgan City, about 70 miles from its destination. The three B30-7's were Cotton Belt 7796 along with Espee 7814 and 7858. Notice that the 7796 still had the sound baffles mounted on the handrails next to its radiator intake. Right behind the locomotives was SP 513339, a part of the Espee's pioneering order for 42 articulated double stack container cars 513302-513343 delivered by ACF the previous year. (SP 513300 and 513301 were prototype cars built in 1977 and 1979.) This was the first time I ever saw a stack car, and when I took this photo SP 513300-513343 were the only stack cars in existence!
Photo Date:  8/13/1982  Upload Date: 2/5/2010 10:23:48 AM
Location:  Morgan City, LA
Author:  Michael Palmieri
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  SSW 7796(B30-7)
Views:  610   Comments: 1
Espee Depot
Title:  Espee Depot
Description:  North side of the depot at Paradis, Louisiana - Southern Pacific Lafayette Division milepost 27.6. The main line of the SUNSET ROUTE is behnd the photographer, just across Louisiana Highway 631.
Photo Date:  1/12/1983  Upload Date: 7/30/2013 1:05:13 PM
Location:  Paradis, LA
Author:  Michael Palmieri
Categories:  Station
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Views:  292   Comments: 0
Espee Depot
Title:  Espee Depot
Description:  South side of depot at Paradis, Louisiana - Southern Pacific Lafayette Division milepost 27.6. The main line of the SUNSET ROUTE is on the other side of Louisiana Highway 631.
Photo Date:  1/12/1983  Upload Date: 7/30/2013 1:06:51 PM
Location:  Paradis, LA
Author:  Michael Palmieri
Categories:  Station
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Views:  297   Comments: 0
SATX Coal Train
Title:  SATX Coal Train
Description:  Two days after Easter 1983, Southern Pacific SD45T-2 9353 was leading a quartet of Burlington Northern GE's - C30-7's 5133 and 5538, U30C 5307 and C30-7 5512 - north along the former Colorado & Southern at Des Moines, New Mexico. This was a 103-car SATX train on its way from San Antonio back to the Powder River Basin, and the shot was taken from U.S. Highway 87.
Photo Date:  4/5/1983  Upload Date: 1/9/2017 4:48:14 PM
Location:  Des Moines, NM
Author:  Michael Palmieri
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  SP 9353(SD45T-2)
Views:  132   Comments: 0
SP Transfer Run
Title:  SP Transfer Run
Description:  At 6:15 on a midsummer evening, the engineer on Southern Pacific MP15AC 2704 was easing back to pick up his caboose - Cotton Belt 60 - in the New Orleans Public Belt's COTTON WAREHOUSE YARD. The caboose was still coupled to the 19-car transfer run he had just brought over from his railroad's AVONDALE YARD, at the west end of the HUEY P. LONG BRIDGE; and he was now coupling up so he could return home with this 12-car train. The two tracks on the left were the Illinois Central Gulf's north- and southbound main lines; while the structure on the left was the PUBLIC GRAIN ELEVATOR, facing the Mississippi River. Notice the stored NOPB box cars on the right and in the left background.
Photo Date:  6/8/1983  Upload Date: 1/24/2017 6:00:20 PM
Location:  New Orleans, LA
Author:  Michael Palmieri
Categories:  Yard
Locomotives:  SP 2704(MP15AC)
Views:  246   Comments: 2
Looking South
Title:  Looking South
Description:  Just north of the Lafayette passenger station, the SP main lines turns west towards Texas, while the Alexandria Branch line continued north. In this view looking south, the westbound SUNSET is at the station. The crossing signals are at West Simcoe Street.
Photo Date:  6/2/1984  Upload Date: 6/30/2007 12:01:45 AM
Location:  Lafayette, LA
Author:  Michael Palmieri
Categories:  Signal,Track
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Views:  401   Comments: 0
SSW BEASK
Title:  SSW BEASK
Description:  Cotton Belt train BEASK -- on its way from Beaumont to the Alton & Southern at East St. Louis -- was tied down in Cart siding, about three miles north of Bossier City, Louisiana. The 'K' suffix indicated that the cargo included hazardouse material. The train was going to be here for a while, as there was no crew and it had been opened for a grade crossing a few cars back. Fortunately, someone was sweeping out the cab, so I was able to obtain the train's identity! The three GE's were B30-7's 7868, 7820 and 7848. That's the Red River levee to the right of the 8294's snow plow.
Photo Date:  5/24/1985  Upload Date: 1/20/2010 7:23:42 AM
Location:  Bossier City, LA
Author:  Michael Palmieri
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  SP 8294(SD40T-2)
Views:  639   Comments: 2
NS No. 194
Title:  NS No. 194
Description:  The Southern Pacific-Norfolk Southern run-through train from Houston to Birmingham was on the NS subsidiary New Orleans Terminal Co. at Frenchmen Street. The motive power consisted of SD45R's 7406 and 7405 and SD45T-2 9395. The low-numbered 7400's were regularly used on these trains.
Photo Date:  12/7/1985  Upload Date: 9/27/2017 6:07:13 PM
Location:  New Orleans, LA
Author:  Michael Palmieri
Categories:  Scenic
Locomotives:  SP 7406(SD45R)
Views:  252   Comments: 1


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