New Orleans Opelousas Great Western Railroad 1850s

New Orleans Opelousas Great Western Railroad 1850s

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New Orleans Opelousas Great Western Railroad in the 1850s. New Orleans Opelousas Great Western Railroad From a collection of pamphlets and other documents, this image is titled, Sketch showing the ROUTE of the New Orleans, Opelousas, and Great Western Railroad through Louisiana by H. Erskine Barnes Assistant Engineer This "sketch" is interesting, in that it's part of a collection of...
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AMTK Crescent Plus ATIP Car

AMTK Crescent Plus ATIP Car

AMTK Crescent plus ATIP car on the #backbelt in New Orleans.

amtk crescent plus atip

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AMTK Crescent plus ATIP

Amtrak Crescent #20 Northbound on the NS #BackBelt, 15 minutes out of Union Passenger Terminal in New Orleans (NOL). The red car directly behind the engines is DOTX 221, a Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Automatic Track Inspection Program (ATIP) car. DOTX 221 was originally a VIA Rail (Canada) sleeper-lounge-buffet car. It was later sold to Hartwell Lowe Corporation, who operated it as private car, “Belle McKee.”

DOTX 221 uses the classic Tuscan Red livery of the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR). Norfolk Southern absorbed PRR. So, it’s good to see a bit of a shout-out to a classic livery.

Special Cars

Amtrak restricted special cars prior to the pandemic. The rules for hitching along on scheduled trains present challenges for most “private varnish” cars. Additionally, cars with open observation decks don’t fit the requirements at all. So, the number of special cars coming and going from New Orleans is limited. AMTK Crescent plus ATIP is a treat.

While the private cars aren’t rolling, DOTX 221 continues its job. This car belongs to the Federal Railroad Administration. So, it’s not restricted.

ATIP

The Automated Track Inspection Program (ATIP) cars operate as part of regularly scheduled trains. Rather than running special consists for track inspection, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) hitches rides. So, track inspection happens on a consistent basis. Trains run normally.

FRA hitches ATIP cars to Amtrak trains because they (usually) stick to schedule. They also move at a faster clip than freight consists. The FRA gets their data with minimal disruption.

Crescent #20

Amtrak currently operates the following consist on the Northbound Crescent out of NOL:

  • 2 Genesis engines
  • 3 Coach cars
  • 1 Cafe car
  • 2 Sleepers
  • 1 Bag-dorm car

Additionally, the Crescent still operates on a 3-trains-a-week schedule, cut back from daily, due to the pandemic. So, #20 departs NOL on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. It returns to NOL on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. Hopefully we’ll see more “special” trains like AMTK Crescent plus ATIP.

 

 

Greenwood Cemetery 1930s

Greenwood Cemetery 1930s

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Greenwood Cemetery 1930s via a Franck Studios photo. Greenwood Cemetery 1930s The Fireman's Charitable and Benevolent Association (FCBA) incorporated in 1834. Its purpose was initially as a burial society. Firefighting was a volunteer job in the 19th Century. If a firefighter lost his life on the job, there were no survivor benefits. The family was left having to bury their...
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Sacred Heart Canal Old/New 1924

Sacred Heart Canal Old/New 1924

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Sacred Heart Old/New - view of the new church before the old was demolished. Sacred Heart Old/New John Tibule Mendes shot this photo of Sacred Heart Old/New on 2-March-1924. He captured a moment, just after the completion of the parish's new church and before the old building was demolished. Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish Located in the 3200 block of...
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NOPSI 801 1953 #StreetcarSaturday

NOPSI 801 1953 #StreetcarSaturday

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NOPSI 801 outbound to the Cemeteries in the Spring of 1953. NOPSI 801 Our friend Aaron Handy III brings us a Canal Street photo with a bit to unpack! Here's Aaron's caption from the Facebook group, Vintage New Orleans Transit: NOPSI Perley car 801, assigned to Tulane Belt, passes Krauss on Canal Street as she heads outbound for the cemeteries...
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Eagles Dining on the Texas and Pacific

Eagles Dining on the Texas and Pacific

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Eagles dining on the Texas and Pacific was fun and enjoyable. Eagles dining The Texas and Pacific Railroad operated two "name trains." The Texas Eagle operated from St. Louis, MO, to El Paso Texas. The Louisiana Eagle traveled from New Orleans to Forth Worth. The Missouri Pacific operated the "Colorado Eagle," and equipment moved around between the three routes. The...
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