Saturday, November 14, 2015

Press Street tracks

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Press Street at St. Claude Avenue. Here is the unofficial boundary between the Marigny, uptown of the tracks, and the Bywater, downtown.

It was an afternoon with thunderstorms in the air. The locomotive was bearing down on the crossing.

Residents of the Bywater have to negotiate the trains everyday. It has become an interesting exercise. There are no gates over the tracks, only red flashing lights. Sometimes, people take a gamble - the engine is slow or even stopped; they drive over the tracks.

Other drivers decide to take an alternate route - they cut through the neutral ground - sometimes at an intersection, sometimes driving right over the grass - and make a U-turn. I've done that - cutting a quick right turn down Press Street toward the Mississippi River, racing the slow-crawling engine to Chartres and crossing the tracks clean. Or else they go lakeward through the St. Claude neighborhood to Claiborne Avenue, which has an overpass spanning the tracks.

Whatever you chose, the trains are a part of your life. Deal with them.

4 comments:

M. Bouffant said...

I hope you're on the "wrong" side of the tracks.

Aunt Snow said...

I am! Proudly!

smalltownme said...

Just on the new the other night, Santa Barbara county has had a huge increase in train track fatalities this year.

Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

Aunt Snow, I am not at all surprised at where you have chosen to live. You've gone after this new chapter in your life with great gusto. Thank you for sharing your adventures with us, your readers.