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Southern Pacific #745

Steam locomotives always needed repairs, so the Southern Pacific Railroad worked up a large order of spare parts from the original builder of its class Mk5 locomotives -- the famous Baldwin Locomotive Works. In came the parts: boilers, fireboxes, driving wheels, pony trucks, tubes, flues ... all the parts needed to keep the SP fleet of Mk-5's running. Except the Southern Pacific had no intention of merely repairing locomotives. The company consigned most of the parts to New Orleans, and a smaller order to the SP shop at Houston, Texas -- all ostensibly for repairs. Soon the two shops put their boiler makers to work. Over the next two years, the two shops turned out more than a dozen "built in Algiers" (or Houston) Mk-5 steam locomotives. For two years at least, Algiers Shop was in the steam motive power manufacturing business.

Louisiana Steam Train Association

Louisiana steam program

The Louisiana Steam Train Association has restored and now operates Southern Pacific #745, a Louisiana-built Mikado steamer rescued from from deterioration in New Orleans' Audubon Park and now in excursion service around the region. 745 is the last surviving steam locomotive built in the state of Louisiana. With a mission is to educate and entertain the public about railroading in general and steam railroading in particular, LATSA also rosters a small collection of rolling stock and locomotives -- including a restored ALCo RS-1 believed to be one of the oldest of the model still in operation.

HawkinsRails thanks railfan friends Louis Saillard and Gordon Payne for their photos of SP #745

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This page was updated on 2016-10-24