Found at the complete left end of the Mahebourg waterfront, the Pointe des Regates most probably bears its name due to the place where ‘Regates’ competitions are organized every year since ages. Another famous part about this place is that it also actually bears a famous monument commemorating the Battle of Grand Port of 1810 where the British took over the island from the French, the latter occupying the island then.
If we take a look at the picture of 1960s showing the Pointe des Regates, together with the Battle of Grand Port Memorial/Monument, we can also see the railway tracks ending after the Mahebourg Train Station. The tracks at this place most probably made a circular turn where trains could go back the direction they came from. And contrary to motor-vehicles, trains couldn’t move backwards, they only went in one direction and had to be turned or made to turn to go in another direction. Whilst the image dates from the 1960s, the dismantlement of the tracks started as from 1964 and as such was still visible at the time of the capture.
The Station was a few meters away from this turning point and below is another scene of the same area with a different perspective, showing the entrance to the Train Station.