New Orleans area - 12.30.17

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New Orleans area - 12.30.17

Unread postby ConrailDetr​oit » Sun Jan 21, 2018 9:54 pm

At Kansas City Southern's West Yard, two SD40-2s finish up switching the yard.

ImageKansas City Southern SD40s - New Orleans, LA by tcamp7837, on Flickr

ImageKCS 3219 - Metairie, LA by tcamp7837, on Flickr

Switcher Engines

ImageKansas City Southern Switchers - West Yard, Metairie, LA by tcamp7837, on Flickr

Eastbound NS Mixed Freight with 6 engines.

ImageNS 2558 - under Earhart Expy, Metairie, LA by tcamp7837, on Flickr

Image6 NS Engine Lashup - Metairie, LA by tcamp7837, on Flickr

East Bridge Junction in Metairie is the New Orleans equivalent of "Delray" in Detroit in every way that counts; active tower, all railroads in the city converge, most trains in single location in the city if not in the state, near a RR bridge over a river, under a highway, bisected by a side street, in a rough looking but realistically safe neighborhood.

ImageEast Bridge Junction by tcamp7837, on Flickr

A KCS Mixed Freight waits for a signal.

ImageKCS 4769 - Metairie, LA by tcamp7837, on Flickr

CN Mays Yard Switching


ImageCN switching Mays Yard - Harahan, LA by tcamp7837, on Flickr

ImageCN Mays Yard by tcamp7837, on Flickr


UP Avondale Yard

Yard switching with old GE Slug.

ImageUP Avondale Yard switching by tcamp7837, on Flickr

ImageUP Y153 - Avondale, LA by tcamp7837, on Flickr

ImageUnion Pacific Avondale Yard switcher by tcamp7837, on Flickr


Tanker on Flatcar

ImageTanker on Flatcar - Avondale, LA by tcamp7837, on Flickr


Eastbound Mixed Freight

ImageUP 4317 - Avondale, LA by tcamp7837, on Flickr

On the BNSF side, a Mixed Freight is tied down with a very dusty leader.

ImageBNSF & UP - Avondale, LA by tcamp7837, on Flickr

ImageBNSF 7900 - Avondale, LA by tcamp7837, on Flickr

At the other end of the yard, an eastbound BNSF Train comes out of the yard and climbs the grade on the monstrous Huey Long Bridge over the Mississippi River with Army Tanks.

ImageBNSF - Huey Long Bridge by tcamp7837, on Flickr

ImageBNSF 7122 - Huey Long Bridge by tcamp7837, on Flickr

ImageBNSF, NS, CSX - Huey Long Bridge by tcamp7837, on Flickr

ImageArmy Tanks on Huey Long Bridge by tcamp7837, on Flickr

After descending from the Bridge, the train waits for a signal at East Bridge Jct.

ImageBNSF 7122 - Metairie, LA by tcamp7837, on Flickr

ImageArmy Tanks on Flatcar by tcamp7837, on Flickr

ImageBNSF - East Bridge Jct, Huey Long Main by tcamp7837, on Flickr

In Manchac, the southbound Amtrak City of New Orleans crosses the drawbridge over the waterway between Lake Maurepas and Lake Ponchartrain.

ImageAmtrak City of New Orleans - Lake Maurepas by tcamp7837, on Flickr

After meeting their southbound counterpart, the northbound City of New Orleans crosses the bridge with a CN Freight following.

ImageAmtrak 109 - Middendorfs by tcamp7837, on Flickr

ImageCN Mixed Freight - Manchac, Louisiana by tcamp7837, on Flickr
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Re: New Orleans area - 12.30.17

Unread postby AARR » Mon Jan 22, 2018 5:14 am

Thanks for posting, CRD. I like your pictures :) .
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Re: New Orleans area - 12.30.17

Unread postby Todd_F » Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:19 am

Looks like a good trip. Thanks for posting the fantastic pics!
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Re: New Orleans area - 12.30.17

Unread postby GP30M4216 » Tue Jan 23, 2018 11:03 pm

Great series of shots. People love to say Chicago is the only place to see any serious variety but I think you've proven NOLA to be another worthy destination!

I was not familiar with East Bridge Jct. Looks like a pretty cool setup. What railroad operates the tower?

Those cruddy looking gray GE units on UP aren't even slugs....they're just like the drones formerly of CSXT - just remote control receivers which can MU to powered locomotives. Weird to see an SD70M switching like that!

What, no photos of the St. Charles line streetcars?? :lol:
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Re: New Orleans area - 12.30.17

Unread postby ConrailDetr​oit » Wed Jan 24, 2018 11:43 am

Most Mid-America cities along the Mississippi River have the variety of all of the Class 1s RRs. While CP has no trackage in the south, New Orleans happens to also have KCS.

The New Orleans Public Belt RR, the shortline of New Orleans operates the tower.

Streetcars are not special to Detroiters anymore with the Q Line and dont count as real trains :D :wink:
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Re: New Orleans area - 12.30.17

Unread postby redcrumbox » Thu Jan 25, 2018 11:49 pm

Nice catch with the Abrams. Those appear to be brand new version threes.
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