In these collections, we offer up some railroad LAGNIAPPE (lan-yap ... Louisiana slang for "a little something extra"). These are locomotives, rolling stock, and memorabilia collections featuring our favorite aspects of railfanning. As more and more of our photo collection goes digital, who knows what else will land on this page in the future! Take a look around our Lagniappe page and you'll pass a good time, no?
e picked up one excellent word, a word worth travelling to New Orleans to get; a nice limber, expressive, handy word: "lagniappe." They pronounce it lanny-yap. It is Spanish, so they said. We discovered it at the head of a column of odds and ends in the Picayune, the first day; heard twenty people use it the second; inquired what it meant the third; adopted it and got facility in swinging it the fourth. It has a restricted meaning, but I think the people spread it out a little when they choose. It is the equivalent of the thirteenth roll in a "baker's dozen." It is something thrown in, gratis, for good measure.
Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi, 1883