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May 17th- A Night of Fun Followed by A Day of Sadness

posted May 19, 2012, 4:00 PM by Sue Line RailRoad   [ updated May 19, 2012, 5:06 PM ]
On my way home from work Thursday,I called a fiend about having lunch on Friday. I had made this call many, many times over the past 20 years. He was not home and I left a message. I thought nothing of it at that time. Friday, I went to our usual place for lunch and he was not there. This had never happened before.

I tried ad tried to call him. I went by his place. He truck was there. His mail was there. No answer. I then called Ken Ellison who is also a volunteer Caddo Parish Deputy Sheriff. He made come calls. The Shreveport Police cam, the EMT's came. The Firemen came. After entering his house, he was found. He had a stroke and had fallen. As I write this he is in a local hospital and may never come home again.

Enough of the sadness, there is always time for sadness.

Thursday was another night of fun for the Sue Line Crew.

Matt Tessier (above) was home from college, his first year complete.
Matt Tessier took to the mainline and is at South Morgan awaiting a clear
to start this southbound local.

Lionel Brangham (above) was ready to have fun.
Lionel Brangham has his train in Robinson and he is ready to work.

Rodney Dixon (above) is checking his switch list while he works his train in Sue City.

Marvin Bennett, Jr. (above) has a double handful of paper work
as he checks his train in Robinson before leaving town on a northbound local.

Rob Robbins (above) is seen working his train in Sue City.
Rob Robbins and Matt Tessier provided the photos of this session.
A Big Thank You to both of you.

Danny Garland (above) with his WiiThrottle in hand is busy
making up train in Shreveport Yard.

Charlie DeVillbiss (above) put in a good night of work
as the Sue City Operator.

Paul Harwell (above) was busy all night has the Maryviile Operator.

Jim Willis was also busy all night as the Alexandria Yard Master.
Jim Willis is making up a north bound grain train.

The Dispatcher for this session was Richard Kamm (above).


The J-1, a beautiful engine owned by Lionel Brangham, is working a local at Robinson.

Jim Willis (above) appears to be up to his neck in work
as the Alexandria Yard Master.

It may no be horseshoe curve, but it is nice.

The Gaspard Spur in Sherwood look full.

A look across the basquel bridge at Greenwood.

The Yards appear full at I-49 and in Alexandria.


What a difference a few hours can mean for these yards.

The Early Corn crop looks good this year.
Must be the spring rains that have helps it grow.

The new Lake Hamilton Paper Company switcher looks busy.

The rumors about Amtrak will be flying again
after this shot of the LO&W Yard in Shreveport.

A unique view of the construction in the new building in Sue City.

It looks like business is good in Brandon.

A view looking south across Mary Ann Bridge at Stone Canyon.

Must be lunch time at the car repair in Keithville.

Union Street Yard in Shreveport looks full.
Is that the Amtrak rumor again?

Looks like someone is having a bonfire on the island.

Everything appears quiet at the lumber yard in Brandon.

The sign-up board.