Discussion related to the past and present operations of Kansas City Southern Lines, including affiliates Texas Mexican Railway, Grupo Transportation Ferroviaria Mexicana (TFM), and Panama Canal Railway Co. Official web site can be found here: KCSOUTHERN.COM.
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Crew change point between Shreveport and New Orleans is Latanier Yard, just south of Alexandria. Most New Orleans based crews actually work out of Reserve, LA about 20 miles upriver from NO. Baton Rouge is all yard/industrial work. There is only one road train a day between Shreveport and NO and it goes directly to the CSX Gentilly Yard in New Orleans East with an NOPB crew. Trains MSHCX and MCXSH change from a KCS to NOPB crew at Frellsen Junction, out by the airport. The only thing actually running out of New Orleans is a 5 day a week Baton Rouge turn and a daytime West Yard switch job. Hiring out at either place will entail all yard and industrial locals.
Wouldn't want to speculate where and when you will work should you get hired. You will be on the least desirable assignments which will most likely translate into nights or the extra board. One thing about the L&A side is that they are almost all regular local assignments so you should be home in your own bed every night (more likely every day).
Sorry - can't provide any more detailed info. My only advice is if you live in the area, for you to stop be the KCS yard office on Rosenwald Street in Reserve, LA and see if an employee is available to answer questions. Not sure what kind of reception you might receive, but most people in Louisiana are quite friendly. The office in Baton Rouge is in the former KCS passenger station at the end of Foss Street but I'm pretty sure its surrounded by a fence with an automatic gate.....pretty bad neighborhood. The only other manned KCS office I'm aware of south of Deramus Yard in Shreveport is the office at Latanier Yard, five miles south of Alexandria right along Louisiana State Route One. Good luck!