An Historic Event occurred this day on the Louisiana Central Railroad when the first trains rolled across the line.
The first train to traverse the rails was powered by engine number 5582, an ALCO RSD-5 recently purchased from the C&O Railroad. She hauled a short train of assorted box cars over the line. She was later followed by the railroad’s number 83, an ancient 4-4-0, hauling the road’s ex-commuter day coach. The car was packed with the “brass”, many railroad employees and a few railfans that managed to finagle a ride. All went well during the festivities with nary an incident.
Full disclosure: well, they rolled through the staging area for the railroad which is as far as the line has gotten at this point. However, this staging area represents the line between Willis and Bude, Mississippi, and that’s a long way! But the important thing is that trains rolled under their own power.