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AS YOU PROBABLY KNOW, THERE HAS BEEN A TAKEOVER BATTLE OVER THE KANSAS CITY SOUTHERN, WHICH WOULD HAVE AN IMPACT ON LOUISIANA SERVICE.  IT APPEARS THAT KCS WILL BE MERGED WITH THE CANADIAN PACIFIC, WHICH WILL BE BAD ENOUGH FOR LOUISIANA, BUT NOT AS BAD AS IF THE CANADIAN NATIONAL HAD BEEN SUCCESSFUL WITH ITS BID.  EITHER BID WOULD RESULT IN THE KCS BEING DISMANTLED BY HEDGE FUND OPERATORS ON WALL STREET.  AS WITH PAST MERGERS, THERE WILL BE LINE ABANDONMENTS, SPINOFFS, LAYOFFS, AND SERVICE REDUCTIONS.  MOST AT RISK WOULD BE THE KCS AIRLINE BETWEEN NEW ORLEANS AND BATON ROUGE, BECAUSE IT DUPLICATES THE CN.  IT WILL PROBABLY BE ABANDONED, OR POSSIBLY TURNED INTO A HIKING TRAIL.

 

Stream Details:

  • The Spillway bridge has now been replaced with a concrete structure.  Speed limit has been increased from 10 to 60 mph.  .  
  • You are hearing Desk 5 Homewood, Illinois, mostly coming off of a transmission tower at Hammond, Louisiana, located across the street from the Amtrak Station in downtown .
  • Positive Train Control (PTC) has been implemented for the McComb and Hammond Subdivisions.  A desk 6 was set up for administration of PTC, and it is unknown if that desk continues to be in operation today.
  • If conditions are right, there may be other towers coming in, such as at Kentwood or LaPlace, Louisiana.
  • The Canadian National dispatcher is most active at night for freights, and in the early afternoon for the two Amtraks.  Amtrak is switching locomotive power from General Electric P42 to Siemens Mobility Charger on the City of New Orleans.  This began in September 2022. For Amtrak locations, use asm.tramsitdocs.com, for a tracking map that will show you where the trains currently are on their runs between Chicago and New Orleans.
  • Amtrak has mostly resumed from its Covid shutdown, but still does not run trains 58 and 59 on weekends. Unless there is a rail strike, Amtrak is now showing weekend reservations being available starting in late October 2022.
  • At the south end of the Natalbany siding is the junction between the Hammond Subdivision and the McComb Subdivision.  Trains headed to/from Baton Rouge come in to Hammond from the west.
  •  Trains headed to/from New Orleans(including the two Amtraks) stay on the McComb Subcivision.
  • The McComb sub runs south of Hammond to New Orleans across the Manchac Swamp. An automatic drawbridge at Manchac is a major feature of this route, which is just a few feet above sea level. The ancient bridge is normally in the raised in the up position  for boat traffic and in the past has frequently gotten stuck or slightly out of track alignment, especially in high winds.
  • Hammond is where the McComb Subdivision "Main Line of Mid-America" diverges from the Hammond Subdivision freight-only line to Baton Rouge.
  • Just north of Hammond Junction is a 12,240 foot siding at Natalbany, running from 858.8 to 856.3
  • The Hammond Sub joins the McComb Sub at milepost 867.5.  Mileposts decreae to the north.  Kentwood is 828.9 and Jackson, Mississippi is 727.2.
  • Manchac is 875.2 and there is a 10,180 foot siding between 875.2 and 877.2
  • Frenier is 887.6 and there is a 11,211 foot siding between mp 887.3 and 889.6
  • Double tracks begin at Skip near the Bonne Carre spillway bridge at 898.6.
  • Trains proceeding to/from the Baton Rouge Subdivision exit at Orleans Junction, MP 900.0 (on the other side, of the Baton Rouge Sub, around the wye, it is called Frellsen Junction and is MP 443.35 on the Baton Rouge)
  • There are three switches at the Orleans Junction/Frellsen Junction.  They are North Wye to Jackson, South Wye to NOUPT, and James switch to Destrehan, Gramercy, and Baton Rouge Junction
  • CN Channel 72 at Hammond, LA.  Dispatched by CN Desk 5, Homewood, Illinois.
  • Coverage is currently limited to the southend of the McComb subdivisionin the Hammond area and the east end of the Hammond Subdivision, as well as Amtrak Trains 58 and 59.
  • Normally there are detectors heard at 855.3 at Natalbany, 867.5 south of Ponchatoula, and 879.5 at Manchac on the McComb subdivision. One detector is heard on the east end of the Hammond sub Branch:  MP 31.2 at  Holden.

 We will update this old schedule when we can.  But years ago, Trains Likely to be Heard (All times are approximate based on traffic):

  • M 301 Lv Hammond branch 10:00AM to 11:00AM  Baton Rouge to Memphis

  • M 302 Ar Hammond branch   1:00PM to    3:00PM  Memphis to Baton Rouge

  • AMT 59 Lv Hammond 1:28PM  Chicago to New Orleans  THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS often meets train 58 around Hammond when it is running late. Now switching to Charger locomotives from Siemens Mobility under a 10 year contract with Amtrak.

  • AMT 58 Lv Hammond  2:45PM  New Orleans to Chicago THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS

  • M 419  4:30PM to 5:30PM   Geismer to Memphis

  • M 420  5:00PM to 7:00PM   Memphis to Geismer

  • Q 194  7:00PM to 8:00PM  Pigs and mixed freight   Chicago to Mays Yard

  • Q 195  2:00AM to 3:00AM  Pigs and mixed freight   Mays Yard to Chicago

  • L 574  7:00PM to 9:30PM  Does local work Mccomb to Port of Manchac and return 

  • U 76501  Time unknown at this time Crude oil trains   North Stathcona AB to Maryland LA  via Hammond branch

  • U 76502  Time unknown at this time Empties   Maryland to North Stathcona AB  via Hammond branch

  • Plus various coal, and grain trains

  • The mileposts you might hear on the Baton Rouge Subdivision are:

  • 443.35 Frellsen Junction

  • 440.1 St. Rose

  • 437.4 Destrehan

  • 65.5 Baton Rouge Junction

 

Google Earth of Hammond, Louisiana

 

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Here are the mileposts for the Hammond Subdivision

0 Baton Rouge Junction (Baton Rouge Junction)

7.9 Sharp

14.0 Denham Springs

20.5 Corbin (there is a 5800 foot siding here)

27.1 Doyle

36.3 Albany

43.7 Hammond (Mc Comb Sub)

 

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