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SP 745 Freight Run

$2,665 of $100 goal

Raised by 56 people in 12 months
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 not exactly in New Orleans nor an
official Tricentennial event…historic Southern Pacific Steam locomotive #745 (SP 745) will relive the past when she pulls a freight train on the New Orleans and Gulf Coast (NOGC) Railroad.

This will be a 20 mile long run along the mainline of the NOGC from Myrtle Grove to Gouldsboro Yard in Gretna, Louisiana which is a short distance from where SP 745 was born nearly 100 years ago and just across the Mighty Mississippi from 300-year-old New Orleans! The
NOGC route parallels Louisiana State Highway 23 for nearly the entire route and includes a bit of street running on Madison Street in Gretna.

A steam-powered freight train is an extremely rare sight in the 21 st century and it’s something that’s never been seen in southeast Louisiana since steam railroading faded away in the 1950s but with your help the past will come alive as SP 745 pulls a long cut of grain cars to the delight of rail fans and the wonderment of the general
public. Recommended viewing areas will be announced later and we ask that you please respect private property.  This is a freight only trip so no passengers will be on board.

The exact date has not been set and that’s where you, the rail enthusiast will need to get involved. We need to raise $10,000 to make it all happen.  As an extra added bonus, any money raised beyond the cost of this event will go into 745’s flue fund as the old girl's boiler must be rebuilt next year as mandated by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).

We hope to run this once in a lifetime steam freight excursion in the next few weeks so what are you waiting for…PLEASE DONATE TODAY!  

All donations will be refunded if the excursion is canceled.

Thanks!

The Louisiana Steam Train Association (LASTA)
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Heads Up, Everybody!

KEEP YOUR FINGERS AND TOES CROSSED cause it looks like if, everything falls into place, it’s really going to happen!

The word is the New Orleans and Gulf Coast Railway is getting a grain train this week and it will be empty and ready for historic steam locomotive SP 745 to pull this Sunday or Monday. So get your still and video cameras ready!

Yes! I know it’s Easter Sunday but it’s NOW OR NEVER FOR QUITE A WHILE! That’s because SP 745’s 15 years of service is up at the end of this month and won’t be able to run until her boiler is completely rebuilt per FRA rules and regulations.

There is still time to make that all important donation to help the Louisiana Steam Train Association defray the enormous cost of this freight run. Many thousands of you have seen our post on Facebook and expressed your excitement about this rare event. So think about it! If each one of you turns that excitement about our special steam freight excursion into a small (or LARGE) donation on our GoFundMe page...we would have more than enough money to pay for this once in a lifetime railroad event. AND...with any extra money above and beyond the cost of this event, we would be well on our way toward the cost of rebuilding SP 745’s boiler to keep the old girl steaming for years to come.

As previously stated, if for any reason this freight pull does not occur, your request for a refund will be honored.

REST ASSURED, AS SOON AS WE GET AND THE EXACT DATE AND TIME, YOU WILL BE NOTIFIED IMMEDIATELY!

So how about it EVERYBODY! Click on our GoFundMe page and make a donation! Every little bit helps!

Thanks!


LASTA (Louisiana Steam Train Association)
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Yet another delay in our plans for historic steam locomotive SP 745 to pull an empty grain train on the New Orleans and Gulf Coast Railroad. The NOGC has just informed us that they do not expect a grain train for us to pull for another two weeks.

Again, the NOGC says we will get approximately 5 days notice on when a grain train is on the way and we will give all of you that same notice as well as a projected date and time for this historic run.

There is still time to make that all important donation to help the Louisiana Steam Train Association defray the enormous cost of this freight run. Many thousands of you have seen our post on Facebook and expressed your excitement about this rare event. So think about it! If each one of you turns that excitement about our special steam freight excursion into a simple 1 dollar donation on our GoFundMe page...we would have more than enough money to pay for this once in a lifetime railroad event AND, with any extra money above and beyond the cost of this event, we would be well on our way toward the cost of rebuilding SP 745’s boiler next year as required by the FRA.

As previously stated, if for any reason this freight pull does not occur, your request for a refund will be honored. Rest assured, as soon as we get an exact date and time, you will be notified.

So how about it EVERYBODY! Click on our GoFundMe page and donate just 1 dollar and more if you can!

Thanks!

LASTA (Louisiana Steam Train Association)
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SP 745 Historic Freight Pull On The NOGC HAS BEEN POSTPONED!!!

IT’S STILL GOING TO HAPPEN..BUT NOT NEXT WEEK AS WE HOPED!!!

The New Orleans and Gulf Coast Railroad has just told us that they are not expecting a grain train on the property until late October or sometime in November. The NOGC says we will get approximately 5 days notice on when a grain train is on the way and we will give all of you that same notice as well as a projected date and time for this historic run.

Again…those of you who have been sitting on the sidelines waiting to hear if this historic event will happen, now is the time to make that all important donation to help the Louisiana Steam Train Association defray the enormous cost of this freight run. Many thousands of you have seen our post on Facebook and posted your excitement about this rare event. So think about it! If each one of you turns that excitement about our special steam freight excursion into a simple 1 dollar donation on our GoFundMe page…we would have more than enough money to pay for this once in a lifetime railroad event AND, with any extra money above and beyond the cost of this event, we would be well on our way toward the cost of rebuilding SP 745’s boiler next year as required by the FRA.

As previously stated, if for any reason this freight pull does not occur, your request for a refund will be honored. Rest assured, as soon as we get an exact date and time, you will be notified.

So how about it EVERYBODY! Click on our GoFundMe page and donate just 1 dollar and more if you can!

Thanks!

LASTA (Louisiana Steam Train Association)
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SP 745 To Make Historic Freight Pull On The NOGC

FINALLY, it’s about to happen!

Historic Southern Pacific steam locomotive # 745 will be on the New Orleans and Gulf Coast Railroad between October 8th through the 16th ready to pull an empty grain train. As most of you know in the rail community the uncertain nature of freight schedules make it impossible at this moment to give an exact date and time of when this historic freight run will happen. All we know at the time is that, barring any unforeseen delays, it will take place within that 9-day time frame.

So those of you who have been sitting on the sidelines waiting to hear if this historic event will happen now is the time to make that all important donation to help the Louisiana Steam Train Association defray the enormous cost of this freight run.

Many thousands of you have seen our post on Facebook and posted your excitement about this rare event. So think about it! If each one of you turns that excitement about our special steam freight excursion into a simple 1 dollar donation on our GoFundMe page...we would have more than enough money to pay for this once in a lifetime railroad event AND, with any extra money above and beyond the cost of this event, we would be well on our way toward the cost of rebuilding SP 745’s boiler next year as required by the FRA.

As previously stated, if for any reason this freight pull does not occur, your request for a refund will be honored. Rest assured, as soon as we get an exact date and time, you will be notified.

So how about it EVERYBODY! Click on our GoFundMe page and donate just 1 dollar and more if you can!

Thanks!

LASTA (Louisiana Steam Train Association)
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$2,665 of $100 goal

Raised by 56 people in 12 months
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Louisiana Steam Train Association
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