After our nice little Saturday morning on the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad yesterday, I’m back on the NOPB – though farther west on it – to get one of the rolling party passenger trains.
We’re starting at Central Avenue, as the NOPB 2002 – the locomotive on the NOPB train that you saw yesterday – shoves one NOPB passenger car toward the Huey P. Long Bridge.
Second from right, in the striped shirt, is NOPB’s then-manager Jim Bridger, who, in 2010, resigned in disgrace due to profligate spending, including of these passenger cars.
I have mixed feelings about that whole thing. What he did was illegal or violated rules, but the NOPB is a municipally-owned entity whose earnings, per the charter, cannot be used to fund the city itself; so, it seemed almost naturally prone to some sort of corruption.
Now, we’re by the levee, getting close to the superstructure.
‘Twas a fine-looking operation, always, and this wouldn’t be the only time that I photographed it.
The train would then sit at the crest of the bridge for a little while, giving guests a view of the river and the surrounding areas, and often tying up freight rail traffic.
More than an hour and a possible visit to Raising Cane’s later, we’re back in New Orleans on the riverfront trackage, where we see the return trip.
The NOPB is an interesting operation.
We’re at Walnut Street here.
And, now, looking the other way, we’ll say goodbye to our train.
Before we get home, we’ll get one shot of a streetcar, for good measure.