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28 August 1998

Vol. II, No. 4

BU Yesterday

Slowdowns on the BU Bridge are nothing new, but this 1937 tie-up on the bridge running underneath the Bridge surely belongs in a category of its own. Legendary Boston news photographer Leslie Jones took the picture of a Boston & Albany locomotive after it jumped the rails next to what is now the Boston University Boathouse. The railroad bridge is still there (with a single track instead of the two in the photo), but the Boston & Albany Railroad, once a division of the New York Central system, was long ago absorbed by other companies. To the left and right of the BU Bridge's arch are two longtime automobile showrooms now owned by the University: the Fuller Building at 808 Commonwealth Ave. and the School for the Arts. Until 1949 the BU Bridge was called the Cottage Farm Bridge. Photo courtesy of the Boston Public Library Print Department