Welcome to Downtown Bryan - a Texas cultural district.Originally a railroad town, Downtown Bryan has distinguished itself as a place of vibrant art and merchant cultivation.The locomotive was in CGR/OVGS service before becoming SAR stock. This photo may be compared with the historical photo below - which was taken more than a century before. Obviously the photographer had carefully composed the people all over the scene and told them to hold their pose for the exposure!Originally, in 1873, the railways in the Cape was under one management, but owing to the great distances involved, and the fact that the railways at Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, and East London were not connected, it was decided in 1875 to split the control up into three systems: the Cape Western, Cape Midlands and Cape Eastern. They were build by in 1881 by Neilsons as works Nos 2680-2685.These two coaches have been standing at the Old Railway Station Museum, steadily deteriorating and detracting from the exhibits, listed in the UM accession register, which we have a mandate to maintain.It is these two scrapped 3rd class passenger coaches which are currently (July 2010) being demolished.
As we drove by, in the street where the (main) Drosdy Museum is located, I noted that the museum door was closed , was that the museum staff member who looked after the station museum, had fell ill for 3 working days.
station equipment, that dates from the early 1900's.