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Industrials

The fallen flags live on in the form of industrial engines. One of the largest users of industrial engines was the Union Carbide plant located in Taft, LA, approximately 23 miles upriver from Avondale, LA and along the old MP line. At one time they had 6 engines working two adjacent plants there, 2 Alcos and 4 EMDs. A word of advice on shooting industrial engines, obtain permission first. These shots were taken in the 80's and even then it was very difficult to gain access to photograph engines mainly because of environmentalist, bad press all the time, and secret production processes.


This is one of two engines that once served the ADM Growmark elevator located in Ama, LA. The elevator also has a former Frisco high nose GP-9 that was originally in Frisco colors then years later blue replace the red and now the whole engine is gray with yellow trim. I don't know if the little engine here is still at this location.
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Avondale Shipyard had a wide variety of engines over the years. This was a former Southern NW-2 and was the only Avondale engine to receive the blue scheme. This engine is still around today, but may be moving on to greener pastures soon.
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Bayou Steel is the owner of this former Chicago, West Pullman & Standard 47. The engine is seen here just after it was painted at the LaPlace, LA steel mill.
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Beker Industries is another of the Taft, LA chemical corridor plants. This engine is no longer on their property.
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Bungee Grain elevator in Destrehan, LA along with several other large grain elevators located along the Mississippi River have switch engines that are used to unload grain hoppers into the elevators.
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Just down the street from the Bungee Corp. elevator is the St. Charles elevator. St. Charles is the parish (county) where the elevator is located.
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One of the many chemical plant engines. This was shot just after the engine was painted and is the switcher for the American Cyanamid (Cytec) plant located in Waggaman, LA.
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The elevator and the engine are both gone. This was a switcher used at the large grain elevator that was torn down to make way for the new intermodal yard in New Orleans along the river.
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Another New Orleans set of switcher that are no longer around are the Ryan Walsh switchers, #1 and #2. Ryan Walsh was a bulk terminal located near the Gentilly L&N yard and handled primarily coal that was loaded onto ships for transport overseas. Note the chevrons, this is what identified one engine from the other. The engines were later painted a dark blue with yellow handrails before being retired and the terminal shutdown.
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Back in the old days it was Railco leasing old power to the plants and elevators. Today its RSS, Railway Switching services. This switcher is removing the destinctive blue tank cars of Union Carbide to the interchange track for the MP. RSS had two switchers in the Taft, LA plant at one time.
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Another leasing company is Rail Serve. This former IC GP is spotting some tank cars at the Vista Chemicals tank car loading rack in West Lake, LA, across the river from Lake Charles in western Louisiana.
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This was the oldest engine in the Union Carbide Corp. Taft (LA) plant fleet. It spent many a day and night tied down behind the main machine/fab shop building next to the tank car loading racks.
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Adjacent to the Ethylene Glycol UCC Taft plant is the Star plant. The Star plant produces poly pellets and handles a hugh amount of covered hoppers with RAIX and CCBX reporting marks. This is two of the engines that served the plant. The blue switcher was just painted at the time of this shot.
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As the Star plant in Taft, LA was doubled in size, a third engine was added as seen here with this shot of a chopped nose former UP GP-9. The engines were named StarTracker 1, 2 and 3.
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