Trains on the West Bank

Trains on the west bank of New Orleans

Trains on the West Bank of New Orleans

I love the sound of the horns on trains on the West Bank of New Orleans. Getting stuck while trains pass through….not so much.  If you are at my office around 12:45 each day, you’ll hear the train horn sounding as it passes through Gretna, heading south on Belle Chasse Highway and slowing up the traffic for a few minutes.

The New Orleans area has a long history of ties to the railroad, including the construction of the Huey P. Long Bridge, which opened in 1935 and  is the longest and highest steel railroad bridge in the United States and the source of many white knuckled trips across the river for me over the years.  Thank goodness they are in the middle of widening the bridge now.

Huey P Long Bridge Avondale LA

If you spend some time digging around online, you might just learn a little and will look at that passing train in an entirely new way the next time you are waiting at the crossing.

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