My Uncle Bobby was a locomotive engineer on the former Baltimore & Ohio, now known as the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad, aka CSX. He retired several years ago, but his great love for all things train-related infected everyone in the family. It’s sad to see so many abandoned rail lines, but there’s also something innately compelling, something that draws me to these forlorn, derelict pieces of history. Sometimes I need to immerse myself in what was and is no longer.
This overgrown stone bridge once spanned a twin-track section of the former railway branch line connecting Otley and Pool to Arthington, Burley and Menston. The route of the trackbed makes for a great walk at this time of year; full of greenery and wildlife amid the crumbling railway remains. Photo by TJBlackwell
Abandoned Rail Crossing, West Hickory, Burton, Texas by Patrick Feller on Flickr
Abandoned railway bridge over Ziegenhalser Biele by Mohrau
Abandoned Railroad Right-of-Way through Brenham, Texas by Patrick Feller on Flickr
Abandoned railway bridge over Ścinawka (Stěnava, Steine) in Tłumaczów (Tuntschendorf), Silesia, Poland by JanSuchy
A wooden railway trestle (and adjacent embankment) on an abandoned railway line running parallel to S. Victor Pike in Perry Township, Monroe County, Indiana. The photos are taken somewhere near Victor Pike’s crossing with W. Tramway Rd. A metal tag on a structural elment has the brand name “Osmose” (maker of treated wood) and the date 1980. by Vladimir Menkov
Abandoned railway bridge between Krásný Jez and Ležnice (view from the north). by JanSuchy
Aerial photograph showing the historic truss bridge, the Santa Fe Railroad Bridge, and the newer U.S. Highway 60/83 bridge crossing the Canadian River. From State of Texas DOT
Abandoned railroad trestle north of Cloudcroft, New Mexico, USA by Luke Jones
Abandoned railroad trestle on Guste Island in Madisonville, LA
Abandoned railroad that connects Coles Bay to Grumantbyen, Svalbard by Ckt2packet
Abandoned train trestle somewhere in NY by siliconwafer on railroad.net
Another abandoned train trestle somewhere in NY by siliconwafer on railroad.net.
Road closed. This viaduct on McKay Road in south Shelbyville, Indiana is very familiar to me. We used to take this road all the time to bypass the traffic on St.Rd. 44. I wonder if the trains still run on the track above? My wonderful friend, Sandra Becraft took this picture for me! Thank you!
That’s all for now. I spend too many hours looking at images – they suck me in and steal my time! Until the next episode of Sadly, Utterly Abandoned…