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Louisiana shortline

The Louisiana & Delta Railroad was formed in 1987 with the purchase of several non-contiguous Southern Pacific branchlines in the coastal south-central region of Louisiana. The initial power fleet consisted of five ex-SP locomotives, including three GP-9E units and two SW-1200 switchers. Later, many used CF7 models were added to the roster. Traffic includes carbon black, salt, rice, sugar cane, processed sugar, molasses, oilfield chemicals and supplies, pipe, fertilizer, and bauxite ore. The shortline was one of the original Genessee & Wyoming operations, and today interchange is with the Union Pacific and Burlington Northern-Santa Fe -- current joint-owners of the former SP Sunset Route across south Louisiana.


1994 Official Guide listing / collection


current LDRR operations map / web

HawkinsRails thanks railroad historian and friend Louis Saillard for use of his Louisiana & Delta images

Sunset Limited

In later summer of 1987, my parents and I rode Amtrak's number 2, the eastbound Sunset Limited, from Los Angeles all the way home to New Orleans. Dad and I made a fair amount of photographs throughout the trip, but we were poised and ready in the door of our Superliner sleeper to spot the Louisiana & Delta equipment as we rolled into New Iberia for a brief station stop. At this point, the LDRR was a relatively new phenomenon -- one of the first pikes in the now ubiquitous but then newcomer Genesee & Wyoming shortline group. The GW orange was easy to spot down the line, and the two first gen locomotives did not disappoint.

See also our Amtrak Sunset Limited scrapbook collection in Mainlines

Links / Sources

This page was updated on 2016-10-25