New Article in the Meridian Speedway Library
A new essay has been added to the Meridian Speedway Library. Noted photographer J. Parker Lamb has written a narrative that outlines the evolving importance of Shreveport in the U.S. railroad network. This essay is illustrated with a number of Mr. Lamb's photographs.
This the second article that Parker has penned for the Meridian Speedway Library.
ICRHA Magazine Arrives
The Mid- American Issue Number 21 arrived today. This is the quarterly publication of the Illinois Central Railroad Heritage Association (ICRHA). Of interest to me, this magazine contains a couple of my photographs in Kirk Reynolds' article "Riding on the City of Grenada" This article is also illustrated with a number of great images by Terry Redeker.
Then beginning on page 20 is an article written by my father, Michael Palmieri. "The Illinois Central in Northern Louisiana" is essentially the "The Meridian Speedway in Louisiana" article which was written for the Library on this website. The ICRHA did a wonderful job printing this article and accompanied it with some excellent photographs by a number of noted photographers.
Besides my personal bias towards these two articles there is also an excellent article by Paul Jaenicke that takes the reader to the glory days of passenger railroading in St. Louis. Nikki Burgess also pens a column titled Heritage Lineup. If you need a fix of Chocolate-and-Orange, this magazine will definitely take care of you!
If you have an interest in the Illinois Central Railroad you might consider checing out the ICRHA website using the button below:
If you are not already a member, you can find instructions on how to join using the membership tab on the ICRHA website. Annual dues for regular membership is $34. This includes four issues of The Mid-American. Select back issues are available for sale as well.
The article about the City of Grenada references the passenger train operated by Iowa Pacific in January of this year. Blair Kooistra and myself made a trip to photograph this great looking train. I have uploaded many of the photographs as well as some video clips from this trip to YouTube. The show is set to the musical accompaniment of Arlo Guthrie's hit song "The City of New Orleans". The link to this video is below:
Also, the button below will take you to my father's article "The Meridian Speedway in Louisiana" as posted in the library on this website:
KCS Meridian Speedway Trips - February 2016
Garland McKee made two excellent adventures to the KCS Meridian Speedway in February 2016! After seeing some of his images from the trips online, I reached out to him regarding an essay and slideshow of his material on my Meridian Speedway website.
The result of that conversation can be found via the button below:
New Essay Added to the Meridian Speedway Library
This essay was found on-line on the late Bobby J. Garraway's Blog. This particular post was dated Monday, September 19, 2011. Records indicate that Bobby J. Garraway was born on November 2, 1930 and passed away on Sunday, April 28, 2013. This is a wonderful first-hand account of a classy Mississippi Railroad that is now long-gone.
Mr. Garraway published additional essays on his blog that may be of interest to you. The button below will take you to his main blog page:
The Story of Crown Zellerbach's Operation in Louisiana
The latest addition to the Meridian Speedway Library, "The Pulpwood Train", by Louis Saillard is now available for viewing. This article is accompanied by some excellent photographs by the author. This article describes Crown Zellerbach's unique pulpwood train operation between Hammond, LA and Bogalusa, LA. This is relevant to my Meridian Speedway concept as I am having proto-freelanced decals made for "modern day" Crown Zellerbach pulpwood cars to run on my 1996 Vicksburg Terminal layout. Many thanks to Louis Saillard for sharing this work!
The image above is linked to the article.
New Library Item Added
Growing up in New Orleans, LA I had very little first-hand exposure to the Santa Fe. For me the Santa Fe was an exotic railroad, almost mythical, that I only saw in books, magazines, and videos. As I got older I would plan extensive trips to see the Santa Fe at various locations. Often these trips included time at a Santa Fe Modelers Organization convention. For many years, the Santa Fe did live up to its reputation of excellence for me.
At some point I discovered Silsbee, TX. This town could actually be driven to from New Orleans in a single day. Traveling through the south Louisiana swamp and west Louisiana pines that melded with the east Texas pine forest yielded Silsbee! This town was a little Santa Fe oasis that was within reach.
Silsbee was a small-yet-busy terminal with a locomotive facility and a small yard. From Silsbee, the railroad radiated out in all directions: Westward to Conroe, TX and connection with the rest of the Santa Fe, Northward to Longview, Texas, Southward to Beaumont, TX and...most importantly...Eastward to DeRidder, Louisiana. Yes, the Santa Fe did have rails in Louisiana. Not plentiful and seldom photographed, Santa Fe trains entering Louisiana to serve Boise Cascade were launched from Silsbee.
Steve Patterson has enjoyed a diverse career with the Santa Fe which landed him in this forgotten corner of the Santa Fe empire around 1969. He supervised 44 open agencies on ATSF’s Southern Division (everything south of Cleburne). During his tenure the Santa Fe began to close little-used or redundant agencies. I was forwarded some of his images from the area and reached out to him with a request to host some of them here. Mr. Patterson graciously agreed and shared the images on the above slideshow!
This piece of railroad is relevant here as I have penned the entire Silsbee network into my proto-freelanced Texas & Great Northern Railroad. It is a wonderful fit!
Meridian Speedway Library Addition
Paulsen Spence and the Louisiana Eastern story complete in library!
Many thanks to Louis Saillard who allowed me to display his article on the Louisiana Eastern in my Meridian Speedway library. Truly a fascinating prototype story of one man's railroad, this article also has relevance to my Proto-Freelanced model railroad network. This story plays a key role in the story of my Proto-Freelanced Mississippi Central Railroad. That story will be written soon.
Also, thanks to both Louis Saillard and J. Parker Lamb for providing the accompanying photographs.
Enjoy the read!
Slide Show by Nick Huth Added to Site...
I asked my friend Nick Huth if he would mind sharing some photos he took of an excursion on the Arkansas Louisiana & Mississippi in the mid 90's. He obliged, sending some prints in the mail. I have scanned them and created this slide show on my Meridian Speedway website. The experiences I had with the Georgia Pacific railroads during this period led to the inspiration for the Proto-Freelanced railroads of my own Meridian Speedway.
The individuals in the first photo are, left to right, Lowell G. McManus, James H. Selzer, and myself, Christopher Palmieri....
Thanks for sharing the memories, Nick!
Essay by Lowell G. McManus added to the Library!
I reached out to long-time friend Lowell G. McManus looking for an article I believed he authored documenting a trip we made to Mexico's spectacular Copper Canyon in 1995. Though that document did not surface, Lowell did volunteer several of his writings to display in my library. The first one on the shelves is his research on the Completion of Arthur Stilwell's Kansas City, Pittsburg, and Gulf Railroad which would become part of the KCS we all know today!
This railroad of course is a major life-line to the region served by the Meridian Speedway, intersecting it at Shreveport, Louisiana. This is a great account of the era of Rail Barons and how they helped shape where communities in America were developed.
Lowell prepared this work for presentation at the 1997 convention of the KCSHS which was hosted in the New Orleans area by my family. Many thanks to Lowell for allowing this essay to be available for viewing in my library!
Amtrak P40-8 819 Essay by Michael Palmieri Found!
My father, Michael Palmieri, had devoted much time to his website called Louisiana Rail Site. This site was dedicated to all things rail in Louisiana and neighboring areas. Tragically, the server that housed the site was the victim of Hurricane Katrina. Recently while surfing the web for something unrelated I came across a link to an essay that my father had published on his website which was saved by web.archive.org.
Through this link: http://web.archive.org/web/20030308195035/http://lrs.railspot.com/amt819.htm I was able to recover this lost work and post it in my library. Included on the page is a photograph I took of Amtrak 819 in New Orleans shortly before it was destroyed. This unit was 20 days old at the end of its career so not many photo exist of it. I am proud to have "NOT JUST ANOTHER P40" im my library!