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California's Railroad to the U.S. 1861 - 1996
Texas and New Orleans
745 has been preserved in running condition by the Louisiana Steam Train Association.
They are desperately trying to raise awareness (and funds) for their group so that they may repair, maintain and operate T&NO/SP 745 and its 4 car consist for the Katrina affected New Orleans Area and beyond. In fact, our Engine and trainset is on display at KCUS right now. If you can help either by buying quality merchandise they have for sale from their shop or by simply donating to their appeal, please do, to help preserve the last 2-8-2 built by SP.
#786 was retreived and rebuilt 1990-1992, and until suffering damage, was used on the Hill Country Flyer operation out of Austin, Texas. It is currently under repair.
|images of #743 via Lee Gautreaux from Mr. Rod Miller's archive
Preserved T&NO # 743 (homebuilt) which was donated to the City of Lafayette and dedicated on August 15, 1957. She was cut up for scrap in the late 70's.
|743 on panel track|
|being pulled into place by a 'dozer|
|the Dedication ceremony|
|The 'dignitaries' are Lafayette Mayor Jerome Demengeaux, Rod Miller-Hub City Kiwanis, EW Torian-VP SPRR and BS Sines-Exec. VP SPRR.|
|after years of neglect|
|743 versus a tree|
|images of #794 in San Antonio from Art Fisher|
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