|The first Southern Railway steam excursion train into New Orleans was the WALTER DOVE HOMECOMING SPECIAL, which arrived at Union Passenger Terminal on Sunday 28 March 1971 behind 2-8-0 722. (Mr. Dove had been the Southern’s General Road Foreman of Engines and was retiring from a 52-year career with the railroad.) The train had pulled straight into the station, so here on 30 March Mr. Bill Purdie – the Southern’s Master Mechanic-Steam – was looking down from the cab of the locomotive as NOUPT SW8 number 1 was preparing to turn it on the wye. The 722 subsequently ran a couple of excursions from New Orleans to Hattiesburg and back before heading for home on 10 April.
New Orleans, LA Map
Author: ROBERT A. SCORSONE photo
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