R. Byrnes' AMTRAK Image Page From 1985

These are some of my personal images of AMTRAK trains and stations as well as things we saw in March of 1985. This is a short trip we took to New Orleans, which was our first by AMTRAK. I hope you enjoy them.


We started our trip on Tuesday morning March 12th at the Houston AMTRAK Station at 11:00 AM. We really were anxious as The Sunset Limited pulled in because this was our first trip on AMTRAK. On the point was AMTRAK #709 one of 25 GE P30CH diesel locomotives. It wasn't very long when they announced the boarding call for the train and people started to get on. Steven got a window seat with plenty of room to stretch out. The first two stops were at Beaumont, Texas and then Lake Charles, Louisiana. At Lafayette we stopped for a crew change where we had time to photograph the depot and Steven had time to chat with the crew. We also went inside the depot and looked at the system map. I had time also to get these pictures of the train The Sunset Limited and made note of the sleeper Maple Grove #2449 a product of the Budd Company in 1950 originally built for the Southern Pacific. The trip resumed after one last photo of the depot. We passed West Tower just before we arrived at New Iberia the next station stop. These photos were taken from the train of the AMTRAK station and a freight depot next store. The last stop before New Orleans was Schiever, Louisiana.

On March 13th we took the sternwheeler Cotton Blossom to Audubon Park Zoo and saw the Port of New Orleans and the Canal Street Ferry as well as other river boats. Audubon Park has a boat landing for The Cotton Blossom. The Audubon Park Zoo is one of the best in the country and has many interesting animals and birds, like these flamingos. We also saw alligators, turtles and parrots. The zoo also had a couple of rare white Bengal tigers. Audubon Park is named for the famous ornithologist John James Audubon and is really worth a trip to New Orleans to see. On the way back we took the St Charles streetcar the oldest continuosly running line in the United States. We went to The Jackson Brewing Company which has been converted into a multi-story mall.

On March 14th we went to the Confederate Museum which was very interesting, with many displays of artifacts. We also took another ride on the streetcar and visited the St Louis Cemetary #1. This is one of the oldest cemetaries in New Orleans. Then we visited Jackson Square and the St Louis Cathedral. Here is another view of the square with the river walk and the Jackson Brewing Company mall. This is just a brief overview of our trip as we took many more pictures and saw many more sights as well as the St Patrick's Day parade..

On March 15th we took a walking tour of the French Quarter and I took these black and white photos of the many interesting buildings. Here is a picture of the St Louis Cathedral and the statue of Andrew Jackson. This is a picture of Jean LaFitte's blacksmith shop on Bourbon Street. These are some examples of the ornate wrought iron work in the French Quarter on two story and three story buildings. Yet another unique example and a final black and white shot of Jackson Square.

On March 16th we took our final look at the Quarter and Jackson Square. We also went to an Apothecary Museum which had many interesting items on display. So its goodbye to the French Quarter and back to the New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal and the trip home. The Terminal is also used by the Greyhound Bus Company. On the way out of New Orleans we went over the Huey P. Long Bridge seen in the background from the train. This bridge also contains a roadway for cars and trucks. The approach to the bridge is quite long for trains as you can see by the highway beside it. Schriever, Louisiana is the first AMTRAK stop past New Orleans and has a small frame depot. Steven has a little quite time to read and reflect on a very nice trip as I finish another roll with two final pictures of the AMTRAK depots in New Iberia and Lafayette , Louisiana.


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