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In pictures: The empty railways of America


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#1 caravanman

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Posted 01 October 2017 - 02:14 AM

I like old, faded, industrial architecture, and these rail line pictures contain some interesting shots. The idea of rail photos without the trains is quite interesting.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk...ctures-40341771

 

 

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Posted 01 October 2017 - 02:49 AM

Beautiful photographs! I like those old buildings as well.


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Posted 01 October 2017 - 11:29 AM

These are great. Thank you for sharing the link.


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Posted 01 October 2017 - 12:15 PM

At first I assumed this was about abandoned rails but I only saw one photo of an obviously unused line.  The rest all appeared to be live to me.  I've seen more train photos than I could possibly remember, but it's interesting to see the trains vanish and the tracks take a back seat to the areas around them.  Along with the absence of trains there were no people either, giving the photos a calm but also slightly eerie feel to them. Pretty interesting set all around.  Makes me wish I had the eye of a photographer.

 

Additional photos and fewer compression artifacts can be found here: http://john-sanderso...lroadlandscape/


Edited by Devil's Advocate, 01 October 2017 - 12:23 PM.

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Posted 01 October 2017 - 12:34 PM

At first I assumed this was about abandoned rails but I only saw one photo of an obviously unused line.  The rest all appeared to be live to me.  I've seen more train photos than I could possibly remember, but it's interesting to see the trains vanish and the tracks take a back seat to the areas around them.  Along with the absence of trains there were no people either, giving the photos a calm but also slightly eerie feel to them. Pretty interesting set all around.  Makes me wish I had the eye of a photographer.

 

Additional photos and fewer compression artifacts can be found here: http://john-sanderso...lroadlandscape/

 

I'd like to purchase prints of some of those. I didn't see a link on his site, though.


Edited by SarahZ, 01 October 2017 - 12:34 PM.

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Metropolitan Rail: Chicago Metra, Chicago L, Dallas TRE, Detroit People Mover, New Orleans RTA, San Francisco MUNI, Seattle Monorail, South Shore Line (NICTD), Toronto Subway & RT, Washington DC Metro





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