SP 745 Freight Run

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Raised by 48 people in 4 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.


The Louisiana Steam Train Association (LASTA)
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Plans for historic steam locomotive SP 745 to pull an empty grain train on the New Orleans and Gulf Coast (NOGC) Railway have been delayed until at least August or September. However, our GoFundMe campaign to raise the needed money for this special freight excursion continues!

Initial projections that the NOGC would have an empty grain train for SP 745 to pull this spring did not pan out but the railway expects there will be several opportunities for this to happen in the late Summer and Fall when grain season resumes.

As we have stated all along if for some reason the planned steam freight excursion does not happen WE WILL REFUND YOUR DONATION!

In the meantime, we will keep you posted as to exactly when this special steam freight excursion is expected to take place in August or September.

Thanks for your patience and understanding! And THANK YOU for your donations!

LASTA (Louisiana Steam Train Association)

LASTA Website - www.lasta.org
Offical Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/745Steam/
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745's connection to Algiers

In 1919 the Doughboys came home from the “war to end all wars.” They swelled the America workforce. Here in New Orleans, the Southern Pacific (SP) found that its massive Algiers Shops had an overabundant supply of workers. It employed almost 5,000 skilled laborers, who could repair and rebuild freight and passenger cars. They kept the steam locomotive fleet in running order; however, there was just not enough work to go around. Today corporate America might solve the problem by “right-sizing” the company. But this was 1919, and the Algiers Shops were one BIG family.

Work would be found!

Locomotives always needed repairs, so the Southern Pacific worked up a large order of spare parts from the original builder, the famous Baldwin Locomotive Works. In came the parts…boilers, fireboxes, driving wheels, pony trucks, tubes, flues… all the parts needed to keep the SP fleet of Mk-5’s running…..except…. the SP had no intention of repairing locomotives.

The SP consigned most of the parts to New Orleans, and a smaller order to the SP shop at Houston, Texas, ostensibly for repairs. The two shops put their Boilermakers to work. Over the next two years, the two shops turned out more than a dozen “built in Algiers ” ( or Houston) Mk-5 steam locomotives. For two years, Algiers was in the steam motive power manufacturing business.

745 at Gretna Fest
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We at Louisiana Steam Train Association (LASTA) are deeply moved and very excited by the response we have received from railfans and others on our plans to have historic Southern Pacific steam locomotive # 745 pull a freight train on the New Orleans and Gulf Coast Railroad in the coming weeks.

Currently, there are several thousand likes and shares between the various Facebook pages. Think about it!

If each one of you turns that excitement about our special steam freight excursion into a simple One Dollar donation ...we would have more than enough money to pay for this once in a lifetime railroad event AND, with the extra money, we would be well on our way toward the cost of rebuilding SP 745’s boiler next year as required by the FRA.

So how about it EVERYBODY! Click on our GoFundMe page and donate just 1 dollar or more if you can!
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$2,320 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 48 people in 4 months
Funds raised will benefit:
Louisiana Steam Train Association
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