SP, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1954 by Center for Railroad Photography & Art
Westbound Southern Pacific Railroad Argonaut passenger train passes tower at Avondale Yard, on west bank of Mississippi River in New Orleans, Louisiana, in December 1954. Photograph by J. Parker Lamb, © 2016, Center for Railroad Photography and Art. Lamb-02-057-03
Nearing the end of its trek from Los Angeles to New Orleans, Espee’s train no. 6 – the eastbound Argonaut – drops down the Huey Long Bridge behind T&NO F7A 352, boiler-equipped F7B’s 541 and 545, and passenger GP9 280.
SP, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1953 by Center for Railroad Photography & Art
Sleek PA locomotives lead westbound Southern Pacific Railroad Argonaut passenger train over Huey P. Long Bridge in New Orleans, Louisiana, in August 1953. Photograph by J. Parker Lamb, © 2016, Center for Railroad Photography and Art. Lamb-02-057-05
SP train No. 5, the westbound ARGONAUT, was preparing to depart from Union Station in New Orleans behind Alco units 202 and 203. At this time, construction was underway on New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal, with the new express building going up on the other side of the 202. The two platforms here were built so that IC, SP and MP (GCL) trains could continue to operate while the old station was removed and the new station was completed.
SP train No. 6, the eastbound ARGONAUT, was rolling through the Illinois Central’s Government Yard and across South Claiborne Avenue on its way into Union Station. The 211 had been built a year earlier as the 205B, and was the last of the T&NO’s 12 PA1’s. When these units were renumbered, they also received a number on their noses. IC SW1 9027 is on the left, outside the railroad’s Government Yard roundhouse. Most of the IC property here was acquired for the construction New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal and its related facilities.
Los Angeles–New Orleans Argonaut east of Tucson, Ariz., on Nov. 8, 1947.
SP train, engine number 4432, engine type 4-8-4
Train #6, The Argonaut; 12 cars. Photographed: Deming, N.M., September 24, 1947.
SP train, engine number 4435, engine type 4-8-4
Train #5, The Argonaut, crossing the Rio Grande River; 15 cars, 37 MPH. Photographed: near El Paso, Tex., September 24, 1947.
SP train, engine number 701, engine type 4-8-4
Train #5, The Argonaut; 14 cars. Photographed: El Paso, Tex., September 24, 1947.
The Argonaut has just left the station at San Antonio and is headed for Houston. Its power is a GS-1 built by Baldwin in 1930. It has 73 inch drivers and is capable of delivering 75,910 lbs. of tractive elffort.