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Southern No. 58
Title:  Southern No. 58
Description:  A late-running Southern Railway No. 58, the New Orleans-Meridian local, was entering the siding at Slidell during a very unusual south Louisiana snowfall. The train was running with GP38 2796 and GP30 2528, and was here to meet piggyback train No. 219. The track on the other side of the 2796 was the south leg of the Slidell wye. The wye's tail track served the American Creosote Works plant, which later became an EPA Superfund site. The wye was subsequently removed.
Photo Date:  2/9/1973  Upload Date: 12/2/2016 10:14:20 PM
Location:  Slidell, LA
Author:  James H. Selzer, Jr. photo
Categories:  Scenic
Locomotives:  SOU 2796(GP38)
Views:  17025   Comments: 6
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:  1593   Comments: 4
UP U50C 5021
Title:  UP U50C 5021
Description:  UP U50C 5021 was on a train at Salt Lake City, along with Rock Island U28B 269 and GP40 393. Notice the six stock cars behind the locomotives. By the time this photo was taken, stock cars weren't very common. (date approximate)
Photo Date:  10/1/1975  Upload Date: 9/9/2010 4:18:26 PM
Location:  Salt Lake City, UT
Author:  Paul H. Oliver, Jr.
Categories:  Yard,Action
Locomotives:  UP 5021(U50C)
Views:  2306   Comments: 6
SP MP15AC 2713
Title:  SP MP15AC 2713
Description:  A pair of Espee MP15AC's lead a westbound transfer run around the West Low Curve of the Huey P. Long Bridge, en route from an eastern connection to the railroad's Avondale Yard. The photo was taken from the bridge patrolman's motorcar.
Photo Date:  10/15/1977  Upload Date: 9/1/2010 4:48:21 PM
Location:  Avondale, LA
Author:  Paul H. Oliver, Jr.
Categories:  Bridge,Action
Locomotives:  SP 2713(MP15AC)
Views:  1458   Comments: 6
Twelve-Engine Train
Title:  Twelve-Engine Train
Description:  Espee GP35 6670 leads three sets of power down the west side of the Huey P. Long Bridge. The other 11 engines include four GP9's, a U33C, an SD45, two more geeps, a pair of Southern Railway SD's and another Espee GE. While westbound trains wilth multiple sets of power are not uncommon, a dozen units is REALLY unusual! (date approximate)
Photo Date:  4/1/1979  Upload Date: 9/1/2010 4:47:42 PM
Location:  Avondale, LA
Author:  Paul H. Oliver, Jr.
Categories:  Bridge
Locomotives:  SP 6670(GP35)
Views:  2729   Comments: 14
KCS No. 84
Title:  KCS No. 84
Description:  Kansas City Southern's New Orleans-to-Shreveport train No. 84 pauses in the Baton Rouge yard, behind F3A 4052, F7B 73B, GP7 4150 and an unidentified SW1500.
Photo Date:  7/1/1982  Upload Date: 6/11/2010 11:23:49 AM
Location:  Baton Rouge, LA
Author:  Tom Blackwell
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  KCS 4052(F7Au)
Views:  1868   Comments: 7
Kennecott 407
Title:  Kennecott 407
Description:  Kennecott Copper 125-ton electrics 407 and 402 were on an ore train at Copperton Yard, just outside of the big copper mine at Bingham Canyon. They will haul the train 28 miles to one of the mills near the Great Salt Lake. The 3200-horsepower locomotives were built by General Electric in December 1947 and retired in March 1982. A carman is attaching ground air to the train on the adjacent track. This was the normal practice, so that the locomotives wouldn't have to pump up the air after they coupled on. (date approximate)
Photo Date:  9/1/1977  Upload Date: 6/4/2010 8:10:41 PM
Location:  Copperton, UT
Author:  Paul H. Oliver, Jr.
Categories:  Yard
Locomotives:  KCCX 407(125Tonner) KCCX 402(125Tonner)
Views:  1468   Comments: 7
GLSR Fantrip
Title:  GLSR Fantrip
Description:  The Gloster Southern Railroad was originally owned by the Georgia Pacific Corp. and began operating over 35 miles of former IC/ICG track -- between Slaughter, Louisiana and Gloster, Mississippi -- in August 1986. This was a part of the former Yazoo & Mississippi Valley main line between New Orleans and Memphis via Baton Rouge and Vicksburg. On Saturday 15 November 1986 the railroad hosted a fantrip for the Southeast Louisiana Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society. The trip ran ran from the north end of the railroad at Gloster -- site of a GP plywood mill and the reason for the railroad's existence -- south to the ICG connection at Slaughter and back again; with several photo runbys and a lunch stop at Ethel, Louisiana on the northbound trip.

The train consisted of GLSR CF7's 1501 and 1501, GLSR box car 1635 (ex-AD&N) and ex-ICG caboose 199452, still with all of its ICG lettering. The railroad had constructed benches and retractable steps in the box car for the comfort and convenience of the passengers! Here is the southbound train on the photo runby at Whitaker, Mississippi; between Centerville (milepost 320.4) and Norwood (329.7). GP stopped operating the railroad when the mill closed, and it was subsequently sold to V&S Railway, LLC of Salt Lake City.
Photo Date:  11/15/1986  Upload Date: 2/21/2010 2:12:47 PM
Location:  Whitaker, MS
Author:  Michael Palmieri
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  GLSR 1502(CF7)
Views:  1189   Comments: 4
Title:  ICG NC-6
Description:  ICG train NC-6 heads across the 2-mile-long Bonnet Carre Spillway trestle on its way out of the New Orleans area. The train had been held at Skip, about ten miles back, to meet CN-5; and was up to speed by the time its passed here. It is about 17 miles into its 900-mile trip from New Orleans to Chicago. The locomotives were SD20's 2012, 2017 and 2003, with caboose 9472.
Photo Date:  4/24/1984  Upload Date: 2/13/2010 4:09:57 PM
Location:  Frenier, LA
Author:  Michael Palmieri
Categories:  Bridge,Action
Locomotives:  ICG 2012(SD20)
Views:  1368   Comments: 5
GM&O No. 33
Title:  GM&O No. 33
Description:  GM&O train No. 33 crosses Ben Thomas Road at North Slidell. In less than a mile, the train will be on the Southern Railway for the continuation of its trip to New Orleans. The locomotives are GP35 613, GP30 502 and GP35 611. (month OK, approximate day)
Photo Date:  11/1/1971  Upload Date: 2/11/2010 12:10:52 PM
Location:  Slidell, LA
Author:  James H. Selzer, Jr.
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  GMO 613(GP35)
Views:  1767   Comments: 2
First 219
Title:  First 219
Description:  Southern Railway's southbound piggyback train No. 219 was displaying green classification lights as it headed out off Slidell. Geeps 2778 and 2783, which were being used in yard and transfer service at New Orleans, had come north on piggyback train No. 222 and just swapped cars with three SD's. The train had 43 cars and caboose X704. Both of the geeps still had their original 1700-gallon fuel tanks. They would eventually get 3,000-gallon tanks from retired SD35's.
Photo Date:  5/26/1979  Upload Date: 2/5/2010 9:54:36 AM
Location:  Slidell, LA
Author:  Michael Palmieri
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  SOU 2778(GP38)
Views:  1336   Comments: 3
GM&O 1507
Title:  GM&O 1507
Description:  Alco RS units were never common on the GM&O in New Orleans, although they did show up from time to time, especially on extra trains. We don't know why RS2 1507 is in New Orleans, but here it is switching on the south ladder track. The yard was double ended, but it was always worked from the south end. The north yard lead was the connection with the L&N.

Road crews switched the yard with road power. Sometimes inbound train No. 33's crew would take their rest in one of the house trailers at the yard, and then return to Bogalusa on No. 32. At other times, someone would drive a fresh crew down from Bogalusa for No. 32 and take No. 33's crew back home. (approximate date)
Photo Date:  1/31/1971  Upload Date: 1/28/2010 5:49:47 PM
Location:  New Orleans, LA
Author:  James H. Selzer, Jr.
Categories:  Yard
Locomotives:  GMO 1507(RS2)
Views:  2374   Comments: 4
ICG 462
Title:  ICG 462
Description:  Illinois Central Gulf SW9 462 crosses over the eastbound lanes of U.S. Highway 190 and under the east railroad approach to the Mississippi River bridge. The superstructure of the bridge is visible above the train's third car. The train is on its way from the railroad's North Baton Rouge Yard to switch industries north of there. At this time, all of the ICG switch engines in Baton Rouge were still painted IC black, but they all had their green diamond cab emblems removed.
Photo Date:  10/9/1980  Upload Date: 1/27/2010 6:17:22 PM
Location:  Baton Rouge, LA
Author:  Michael Palmieri
Categories:  Scenic
Locomotives:  ICG 462(SW9)
Views:  2078   Comments: 5
Gibson Street
Title:  Gibson Street
Description:  After crossing the Bogue Falaya into Covington, the ICG Shore Line District ran down East Gibson Street for two and a half blocks before turning north. The northward local is about to cross North Columbia Street and enter the 5.75 degree curve leading to the railroad station. ICG GP38 9542 is the former GM&O 723, and this was one of the very few times I saw a former GM&O unit on this former GM&O branch. The parking lot on the left of the train was in front of an A&P Super Market, and the red brick building beyond there is the U. S. Post Office.

The train is a little longer than usual, with 20 cars and a caboose. It has ATSF bulkhead flatcar 94582 for Poole Lumber, ICG 50' box car 516327 for Marsolan Feed, six insulated box cars of beer for the upcoming Labor Day weekend (BN 749009, 747248, ATSF 525287, MP 782085, 775592, 781662), four empty IC pulpwood cars which will be dropped off at Triangle Timber tomorrow (1829, 63660, 1599, 1199), two empty gondolas for the P&W scrap yard (CAGY 13035, SCL 130413), three more gondolas that will got out tomorrow (L&N 171416, 36677?, SCL 130640), caboose 199034, and three empty covered hoppers that were just picked up at USS Agri-Chem (ATSF 300620, IC 765333, ICG 765668).
Photo Date:  8/28/1980  Upload Date: 1/21/2010 6:06:06 AM
Location:  Covington, LA
Author:  Michael Palmieri
Categories:  Scenic
Locomotives:  ICG 9542(GP38AC)
Views:  2377   Comments: 6
L&D 1501
Title:  L&D 1501
Description:  Louisiana & Delta CF7 1501 -- the CITY OF NEW IBERIA -- rests amid the lush vegetation at Avery Island, on the end of the railroad's Salt Mine Branch. The train was the second of two excursions operated by the L&D to celebrate its fifth anniversary. Behind the 1501 were flat car GVSR 8422 with a portable generator, ex-NYC sleeper-lounge LAUREL STREAM, ex-NYC sleeper-lounge-observation BONNIE BROOK, and L&D CF7 1500 PATOUTVILLE. The 1501 was built in November 1946 as ATSF F3A 19L, rebuilt by the Santa Fe into CF7 2622 in May 1972, and purchased by the L&D in December 1987. It was the second L&D unit with this name; the first one was SW1200 number 1200.
Photo Date:  5/25/1992  Upload Date: 1/19/2010 11:37:31 AM
Location:  Avery Island, LA
Author:  Michael Palmieri
Categories:  Scenic
Locomotives:  LDRR 1501(CF7)
Views:  1787   Comments: 4
KCS No. 55
Title:  KCS No. 55
Description:  It's 8 A.M. on a beautiful December morning along the Southern Railway's BACK BELT at Metairie Road, and we are greeted by the rare and wonderful sight of two Kansas City Southern F-units approaching with an eastbound train. The 4051 is a 3-porthole F3 built in 1947 and the 4061 is a 1951 F7 rebuilt with F9 side panels in 1956. This is KCS No. 55 and it will terminate at the Southern's Oliver Yard, on the east side of New Orleans. The train usually passes here in the late afternoon or early evening, so it is running about 12-16 hours late.

In August 1982 the KCS began keeping a pair of F-units at New Orleans for situations just like this. The normal procedure was for the power that arrived on a southbound train to go out on that train's northbound counterpart, so the locomotives that arrived on No. 55 in the afternoon -- usually three geeps or a geep/slug/geep set -- would return north on No. 56 early the next day. Yesterday, No. 55 was running very late; so during the night the two F-units took No. 56 north until they met No. 55 and swapped trains. We dont know where the exchange took place, but the cab units went at least as far as Baton Rouge.

Before the F-units arrived, the railroad would use a pair of locally-assigned SW1500s for this relief work; but this adversely affected the jobs that the switchers worked. Keeping a pair of elderly cab units here didn't tie up newer road power, and it allowed the switchers to handle their regular jobs without complications. The F-units were also used on heavy transfer runs. In March 1983 the schedule of one train -- No. 84 -- was changed so that there would always be a set of road power available in New Orleans, and the cab units were sent elsewhere.
Photo Date:  12/20/1982  Upload Date: 1/18/2010 7:37:22 PM
Location:  Metairie, LA
Author:  Michael Palmieri
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  KCS 4051(F3A) KCS 4061(F7A)
Views:  1780   Comments: 5
Title:  ICG
Description:  IC GP10 8018 and train heading north along North Broadway Street, by the former IC depot.
Photo Date:  6/3/1985  Upload Date: 1/3/2010 5:30:16 PM
Location:  Natchez, MS
Author:  Michael Palmieri
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  IC 8018(GP10)
Views:  2596   Comments: 6
BN Train 765
Title:  BN Train 765
Description:  BN train No. 765 heads north from Pensacola to a connection with the railroad's Birmingham-Mamphis main line at Amory, Mississippi. This was a former Frisco line, and all six of the locomtives were originally SLSF units: GP38-2's 2297, 2272, 2256, and 2263, GP15-1 1385, and GP38-2 2277.
Photo Date:  4/23/1985  Upload Date: 12/27/2009 11:10:28 AM
Location:  Cantonment, FL
Author:  Michael Palmieri
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  BN 2297(GP38-2)
Views:  1001   Comments: 5
Title:  NOS&WB L6
Description:  New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board L6 was picking up a covered hopper on the New Orleans Public Belt interchange, and is preparing to head back to the city's main water treatment plant. The little locomotive is a 16-ton Plymouth model DDT, serial number 7176, built in February 1977.
Photo Date:  10/30/1986  Upload Date: 11/26/2009 8:55:25 PM
Location:  New Orleans, LA
Author:  Michael Palmieri
Locomotives:  NOSWB L6(UNKNOWN)
Views:  1117   Comments: 4
Super Bowl XX
Title:  Super Bowl XX
Description:  Surrounded by Amtrak P30CH's and a Goodyear blimp, Seaboard System F3A 116 and FP7 118 enjoy the January sunshine at the New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal engine terminal. The two F-units had come in on a special train for Super Bowl XX, which was taking place right behind the locomotives in the Louisiana Superdome. Mike Ditka's Chicago BEARS beat the New England PATRIOTS 46-10.
Photo Date:  1/26/1986  Upload Date: 11/26/2009 11:14:33 AM
Location:  New Orleans - NOUPT, LA
Author:  Michael Palmieri
Categories:  Scenic,Passenger
Locomotives:  SBD 118(FP7A) SBD 116(F3A)
Views:  1488   Comments: 6
Ferry Landing
Title:  Ferry Landing
Description:  The Missouri Pacific transfer between Natchez, Mississippi and Vidalia, Louisiana was the last train ferry crossing on the Mississippi River. An embargo notice was effective on 6 June 1982, for one month while repairs were made; but service never resumed. This is the movable cradle and the incline. The cradle could be moved up and down the incline with a locomotive to accommodate the height of the river. To the right of the cradle, and just above the incline, is the grade leading down from Natchez to the east bank ferry landing. Visit this album, in the lower right corner, for more Natchez-Vidalia images.
Photo Date:  4/9/1983  Upload Date: 7/8/2009 7:48:20 PM
Location:  Vidalia, LA
Author:  Michael Palmieri
Categories:  Scenic
Views:  2277   Comments: 4
Description:  The picture quality isn't very good, but the subjects are superb! One fine day in 1968, a 1956 Chevy Corvette and a 1941 Electro-Motive Division E6A posed side-by-side at New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal. The two E-units are on a ready track, and departed later that afternoon on the northbound PANAMA LIMITED. The 4003 has been recently repainted. It wears the large lettering and numbers introduced in 1967; but still has the old nose treatment, where the orange extends up over the top headlight. It should have a split-rail nose emblem, but one hasn't been applied yet! (month approximate)
Photo Date:  4/4/1968  Upload Date: 6/21/2009 4:41:03 PM
Location:  New Orleans, LA
Author:  Michael Palmieri
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  IC 4003(E6A)
Views:  2771   Comments: 8
West 27th Street
Title:  West 27th Street
Description:  IC GP10 8033 leads the twice-weekly Shore Line District local along West 27th Street in Covington, near the end of its 65-mile trip from Bogalusa. It was also near the end of the line for this branch. The track was abandoned in 1991 and this area doesn't look anything like this anymore! Today's train had six cars: bulkhead flats TOE 4085 and 4037 with building material for Poole Lumber Co., insulated box car (RBL) MRS 2091 with beer for Champagne Beverage Co., and empty pulpwood cars IC 1472, GM&O 4028 and GM&O 3615. The caboose was ICG 199320, the regular car on this run, built in January 1976.
Photo Date:  10/13/1983  Upload Date: 6/10/2009 3:23:08 PM
Location:  Covington, LA
Author:  Michael Palmieri
Categories:  Scenic
Locomotives:  IC 8033(GP10)
Views:  2019   Comments: 6
East Monroe Tower 4
Title:  East Monroe Tower 4
Description:  In this view facing east, ICG GP8 7991 crosses the UP (ex-MP) main line as it heads west from the East Monroe yard. East Monroe Tower was still manned, but that didn't last much longer!
Photo Date:  6/4/1984  Upload Date: 6/9/2009 4:39:12 PM
Location:  Monroe, LA
Author:  Michael Palmieri
Categories:  Scenic,Yard,Action
Locomotives:  ICG 7991(GP8)
Views:  1779   Comments: 3
IC 13
Title:  IC 13
Description:  IC SW1R 13 was switching the McKesson Chemical Co. along Leake Avenue in New Orleans. The locomotive had been built in June 1946 as IC 9027, and was renumbered 612 in October 1953. The railroad extensively rebuilt the locomotive in October 1968, replacing its 6-cylinder 600-horsepower prime mover with an 8-cylinder 1,000-horsepower one, and renumbered it 13. It was to be the prototype for the rebuilding of the IC's entire fleet of SW1's, which would have been renumbered 1-17; but it was the only one done. It spent its later life in New Orleans, and was retired in 1988.
Photo Date:  8/25/1981  Upload Date: 6/9/2009 3:41:45 PM
Location:  New Orleans, LA
Author:  Michael Palmieri
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  IC 13(SW1R)
Views:  2656   Comments: 1
SOU 2820
Title:  SOU 2820
Description:  Southen GP38 2820 leads southbound local No. 65 across the Lake Pontchartrain trestle. The locomotive left Oliver Yard in New Orleans early this morning on local No. 64, worked it way up to Picayune, Missisippi; and is now heading back home. The two dirty roof-hatch boxcars handle clay for the American-Standard plumbing fixture plant five miles north of Oliver Yard. (month approximate)
Photo Date:  5/1/1979  Upload Date: 5/19/2009 5:21:37 PM
Location:  North Shore, LA
Author:  James H. Selzer, Jr.
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  SOU 2820(GP38)
Views:  1970   Comments: 5
SOU 2673
Title:  SOU 2673
Description:  Four geeps power a southbound train past the depot at Laurel, Mississippi.
Photo Date:  5/15/1977  Upload Date: 4/27/2009 4:49:10 AM
Location:  Laurel, MS
Author:  Michael Palmieri
Categories:  Station,Action
Locomotives:  SOU 2673(GP35)
Views:  1259   Comments: 9
SCL 1740, SBD 2719, and SBD 6028
Title:  SCL 1740, SBD 2719, and SBD 6028
Description:  Seaboard System New Orleans-Birmingham train No. 470 crosses the Rigolets Drawbridge, 26 miles east of Gentilly Yard in New Orleans. The Rigolets is a pass which connects Lake Pontchartrain -- off to the right -- with the Gulf of Mexico on the left, and the New Orleans city limit is on the far shore. The slide was taken through the windshield of a helicopter, which explains the poor quality of the image.
Photo Date:  9/12/1984  Upload Date: 3/27/2009 9:01:45 AM
Location:  Rigolets, LA
Author:  Michael Palmieri
Categories:  Scenic,Bridge,Action
Locomotives:  SCL 1740(U33B) SBD 2719(U23B) SBD 6028(GP38-2)
Views:  1838   Comments: 7
Grain Train
Title:  Grain Train
Description:  An interesting assortment of locomotives lead a southbound grain train across Pass Manchac, about 40 miles north of New Orleans. When this photo was taken, grain trains usually ran with a caboose on each end, as the power had to run around the train in Kenner before heading up the former Y&MV line to the elevators along the Mississippi River.
Photo Date:  9/22/1979  Upload Date: 2/27/2008 8:13:34 PM
Location:  Manchac, LA
Author:  Michael Palmieri
Categories:  Scenic,Bridge,Action
Locomotives:  ICG 8216(GP10) ICG 6056(SD40) IC 5058(U33C)
Views:  2897   Comments: 12
MP GP38-2 2106
Title:  MP GP38-2 2106
Description:  MP 2106 - NEWELLTON, LA - 9 APR 1983 - MICHAEL M. PALMIERI image Missouri Pacific GP38-2 2106 was pushing a Habco weed spray train on the line from Ferriday to Talullah. This track was abandoned by the Union Pacific five years later.
Photo Date:  4/9/1983  Upload Date: 8/25/2007 10:59:39 PM
Location:  Newellton, LA
Author:  Michael Palmieri
Categories:  Scenic,Track
Locomotives:  MP 2106(GP38-2)
Views:  1640   Comments: 3
SSW 4032
Title:  SSW 4032
Description:  Amtrak's westbound SUNSET is at KCS Junction, 3 miles into its journey to California. Today, a Cotton Belt GP20 is substituting for an F-unit. The other locos are SP 6457, 8290 and 6459. The bridge in the background belongs to the KCS.
Photo Date:  9/21/1973  Upload Date: 4/15/2007 1:10:32 AM
Location:  New Orleans, LA
Author:  Michael Palmieri
Categories:  Bridge,Passenger,Action
Locomotives:  SSW 4032(GP20)
Views:  2445   Comments: 3

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