The Louisiana Steam Train Association (LASTA) was established to restore, operate, and maintain the historic 1921 Southern Pacific Locomotive #745 known to many New Orleanians as the engine in Audubon Park. Once restored plans for the engine include a regular tourist route around New Orleans as well as frequent trips across the State of Louisiana. Currently, LASTA is beginning work restoring the engine at our rail yard which is located at 1400 Jefferson Highway (across from Ochsner Hospital.) If you are interested in steam trains, please join us!

What Challenges Are In Train Restoration

Locating Parts: Getting replacement components for an older train can be challenging, as many parts may no longer be in production or readily available. This may necessitate acquiring parts from salvage yards or finding a machine shop that can custom-construct pieces. read more