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BYWATER RAILROAD
Established in the Summer 2001


 

Southern Railroad 4501

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Taken in New Orleans in 1982, near the intersection of
Canal Street and City Park Avenue, behind Cypress Grove cemetary.
This cribbing inspired me to built one on my layout.


Working up a Grade

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This view shows the 4501 running past me on the cribbing.

 

Gone in a Blink

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As quickly as she thundered into view, she dissappeared
behind the hedge.


Best Friend of Charlston

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In New Orleans in 1984, this 1920 replica ran short
trips up and down the track across from Jackson Square.


The Old and New

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In this view looking upriver, the Best Friend is making an excursion run-by.
The Mississippi River is to the left and between the trees
and tall building can be seen the steamboat Natchez at dock.
(wheelhouse and stacks)


Running Downriver

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In this photo Best Friend is heading downriver.
Beyond the edge of the photo about a quarter mile, these
tracks split. One curves to the left into a switchyard and
the other follows the river for another mile before it too
curves to the left. Between the two lies the neighborhood
called "Bywater" founded in 1809.


Press Street Tracks, the Dividing Line

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Looking toward the river, the neighborhood boundry between the
Bywater on the left and the Faubourg Marigny and French Quarter
to the right of the tracks, is both historic and symbolic. This is the site
of the Press Street train station where, in 1892, Homer Plessy boarded
the local line of the East Louisiana Railroad and entered history.
Plessy, defied the 1890 Separate Car Act and his name lives
on in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case of Plessy v. Ferguson.
The street gets its name from the large steam cotton press
that once stood were the tracks meet the river. These facilities
compressed raw cotton into bales for shipping. Additionally, down the
track at the next grade crossing from this view, is where the
Desire streetcar line crossed on its way into the Bywater.

 

The 2nd Break-in Run for the 745
Louisiana Steam Locomotive Association


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Nick Weber, Bywater Railroad
New Orleans, Louisiana


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