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SP 745 Freight Run

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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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Early last year, LASTA was presented with an opportunity to have SP-745 pull a freight train. It had been over 60 years since the locomotive last hauled freight. After some negotiating, we reached a tentative agreement to make the run in the fall of 2018. The projected expenses were high, but many of our members and supporters helped us raise the funds to offset the cost of the trip. Unfortunately, the timing did not work out for us. Our last chance to make a run with 745 before the required annual inspection was the last week of April 2019. Both LASTA and the freight train were ready; however, due to heavy congestion, we could not get in position before time ran out. The locomotive is now out-of-service for its 15-year FRA required boiler rebuild.

We thank you again for supporting 745. As promised your donation will be refunded and you will be given a complimentary 1-year membership to LASTA. We will start processing refunds this week.

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

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We are very sorry to report that plans for historic steam locomotive SP 745 to pull a freight train on the New Orleans and Gulf Coast Railway (NOGC) have fallen apart! One of the railroads we would need to use to get to the NOGC could not accommodate us due to severe congestion.

Again, the much hoped for freight pull by SP 745 HAS BEEN CANCELED. We will have more information soon as it relates to your donations on our GoFundMe page.

Thank you!


The Louisiana Steam Train Association (LASTA)
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Things are looking good for SP 745’s historic freight run…

I know we promised you the exact date and time for SP 745’s once in a lifetime freight run. And those of you familiar with railroad operations should have known that was wishful thinking as there is no such thing as an exact date or time when dealing with freight trains. But we will do our best and as best as we can tell, barring any last minute problems, this historic steam freight run will take place Wednesday (4/24) or Thursday (4/25)!

You will have to stay tuned as we will post the very latest as soon as we know it! We fully realize this will make it difficult for folks to plan to get here to see this historic event. But circumstances have made it impossible to provide better notice. The railroads over which we must travel to get to the New Orleans and Gulf Coast (NOGC) are doing all they can to get us there and we are most grateful! But they are dealing with lots of congestion on their lines.

The very best guidance we have as of this posting is that SP 745 should make her way to the NOGC sometime Wednesday and it is possible we will pull the empty grain train later that day from Myrtle Grove to Gouldsboro Yard in Algiers. It is also possible that the actual grain train pull might not happen until sometime Thursday. Again, as soon as we know, we will let you know!

And 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.

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

Thanks!
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The grain train that SP 745 is planning to pull on the New Orleans and Gulf Coast Railway has been delayed and now could arrive as early as Sunday around 12 noon to as late as Monday or Tuesday. That means SP 745’s pull could occur as late as Wednesday or Thursday. Keep those toes and fingers crossed. We will keep you updated so stay tuned!

Thanks!

The Louisiana Steam Train Association (LASTA)
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Raised by 56 people in 16 months
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Created April 9, 2018
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