Roll of Film Scanned - New Orleans Area Trains
On June 27, 1995 I managed to stumble upon SP "Job 604" easing up to Milepost 3 on the branch. Power was lone SP MP15AC 2728. Here the crew would go to lunch. Following are some notes from retired SP employee Roger Ohlsson regarding the meal periods here:
"We used to stop where your picture was taken at MP3. Originally the company there, H. C. Price, was a company that applied concrete coatings to pipe used on underwater pipelines. They had a kitchen in the building that prepared lunch, daily, for the office and supervisory employees. We used to deliver flatcars of pipe to be offloaded, coated, then loaded on barges to be brought to job sites. Price Co., would graciously feed the train crew. A few years later, near the end of the oil bust in the late 70's early 80's, Bredero company teamed with H.C. Price and discontinued serving the lunches. The galley was still there and available as an area where we could sit and have our lunch. I haven't been on Peter's road since the early 90's and do not know if the company or building is still there. According to the respective agreements of train and engine crews, any place where the crews would take their meal period (20 minutes) had to meet certain criteria."
The power for this train was typical of the EsPee we grew to love and hate during this era. Two particularly ratty and filthy tunnel motors lead a nice looking Cotton Belt GP60. The consist: SP SD40T-2 8241, SP SD45T-2 9257, and SSW GP60 9703. These photographs were taken by the "School Crossing" just west of Avondale Yard:
CNW SD40-2 6863 and UP C36-7 9018 were idling away waiting for a crew to show up...and for me to photograph them. The CNW 6863 was looking particularly sharp in what seemed like a recent coat of paint. What stark contrast to the nasty SP tunnel motors I had just photographed across the river. It got a bit cloudy which was fine with me as the clouds diffused the light of the high summer sun:
Back to the final images on this roll of film, my ride to Lake Charles would be Amtrak No. 1. out of New Orleans. This was during the period when the Sunset Limited was a "transcontinental" run, originating on the CSX in Florida. The inbound consist was: P40-8 809, F40PH 321, 1208, 39914, 32073 California, 32039, 38015, 33025, 34057, 39954, and 31033 (9 cars).
For mechanical reasons the first sleeping car on the train, the 32073 California, had to be set out. It was replaced with Superliner sleeper 32105 Oregon which was on-hand in what was likely a City of New Orleans consist in Track 3.