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SP 745 Steam Train (2009)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Jefferson, Jefferson Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2009-11-20

Duration: 00:07:43

Subjects: Railroads | Steam locomotives | Louisiana Steam Train Association | HISTORIC PRESERVATION | Southern Pacific Railroad Company


  • Sanford, Shauna Host
  • Whinham, Charlie Producer
  • Woods, Virnado Photographer
  • Morris, Bill Interviewee
  • Jacobs, Richard Interviewee
  • Keegan, Barry Interviewee
  • Brown, Roger Interviewee


This segment from the November 20, 2009, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Charlie Whinham’s visit to the Southern Pacific 745, the last surviving steam engine made in Louisiana, at the Louisiana Steam Train Association (LASTA) rail yard in Jefferson, Louisiana. Whinham talks to LASTA members Bill Morris, Richard Jacobs, Barry Keegan, and Roger Brown about the history of the SP 745, their restoration efforts, the plans for the train’s 5-year maintenance repairs, and their hopes for the future of the train. The SP 745 was built at the Algiers Shop of the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1921. This story is a part of the “Louisiana Railways” series. Host: Shauna Sanford