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Louisiana Forney
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Author:  bobyar2001 [ Mon Apr 04, 2005 2:01 pm ]
Post subject:  Louisiana Forney

From the Critterslist, a person describes a visit to the remains of two Forney locomotives (former NYC Elevated, I think) in the swamps of Louisiana:

Hi Everyone:

The fact that I say almost nothing on this list does not mean that I
cannot recognize a critter when I find one . . .

My wife and I took a bayou boat tour in Napoleonville, Louisiana--
about three and a half hours long, very nice small pontoon boat,
lunch included ($35/person, I think--my wife paid!!!!) and we did
indeed see large alligators, Bald Eagles, and on and on, and midway
during the tour the naturalist mentioned a "railroad locomotive in
the woods" and I explained that this was Extremely Important and so
they took the boat up a bayou.

The company is called Attakapas Adventures, phone # 985.369.7254,
website is www.attakapasadventures.com and email is
AttakapasAdventures@Yahoo.com. Okay, so . . .

The three-person crew nosed the boat up the bayou and there in the
woods is the remains of a railroad yard and what I think is a Forney
on its side (stripped) and another Forney boiler about a hundred
yards away. If you look closely you can see that there was some
kind of yard there, where maybe the cypress logs went onto the
trains or came off trains. I know little of logging railroads, etc.

But having ridden Edaville trains since I was a boy (although the
equipment is now in Portland, Maine) I pretty much know a Forney
when I see one.

The company is small, informal, and extremely courteous and
professional--offers fishing tours, Cajun restaurant and sunset
tours, and so on. And now it most definitely knows that some
people out there prize a different sort of critter . . .

It is a nice family destination, not far out of New Orleans Pity
the Forney is stripped, but it was fun. I thought of all of you.

John Stilgoe OSK #201

Author:  survivingworldsteam [ Mon Apr 04, 2005 2:49 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Louisiana Forney

The one laying on it's side is Napoleon Cypress Co, ex-Manhattan El, 0-4-4T Class E #156(329). The construction details are Baldwin 6488/1882.

Dicken Gibbens took the following two photographs; they and other details can be found on my Steam Along the Mississippi Delta webpage:

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-James Hefner
Hebrews 10:20a

Surviving World Steam Project

Author:  bobyar2001 [ Tue Apr 05, 2005 6:22 am ]
Post subject:  Another photo


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