Old No. 745 March 3, 2008Posted by Mark Folse in 504, Dancing Bear, New Orleans, NOLA, Odds&Sods, Toulouse Street, Uncategorized.
Tags: Audubon Park, New Orleans, NOLA< 504, railroad, steam engine
I last saw the steam engine Southern Pacific No. 745 out the window of my wife’s hospital room at Ochsner Hospital, parked on a siding just across Jefferson Highway. At the time, I did not make a connection between the locomotive and cars I saw there and the black behemoth I used to clamber on as a child at Audubon Park, but I learned that it is one and the same.
While I lived away, the steam engine was purchased from the park by a group and restored to working order. Now a thief has stolen the engine’s steam whistle and it will not roll again until a replacement can be found.