The B&O's planned link across the Potomac to the southern states never materialized,
and Washington's industrial waterfront gradually gave way to less grimy purposes.
The closure of the coal-fired power plant here presaged the future of the Georgetown
Branch which would see its last train in 1985.
K Street (formerly known as Water Street) has undergone a transformation from
the industrial to the hip. What the B&O called its "new" Georgetown Yards on
the right remained fallow from the branch's abandonment until Georgetown Waterfront
Park was added in 2007.
The Whitehurst Freeway struggles to keep standing while subject to a decades-long
battle of aesthetics vs. function. Elevated roads are rarely pretty, but this
one provides an important link around the crowded streets of Georgetown.