Old 12-09-2009, 01:10 AM   #1
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I thought I had seen a gallery similar to this, but apparently, I was wrong. A recent thread had members discussing abandoned trackage. Let's share some of those unique shots of the rails disappearing into the woods, etc.

I've found abandoned trackage to be unique and even at times, more fun to explore then out railfanning an active line. With the recent news that the former Coal & Coke, B&O, NYC, Penn Central, & Conrail line between Charleston and Blue Creek, WV and Blue Creek, WV to Sanderson, WV would be resuming operations, we made a special trip to document the line prior to it's rehabilitation.

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Also, a trip to the B&O Parkersburg Branch in October..

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Old 12-09-2009, 02:34 AM   #2
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I love me some abandoned track shots!

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Old 12-09-2009, 02:35 AM   #3
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Something very eerie and captivating about this subject. I enjoy it.
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Old 12-09-2009, 03:07 AM   #4
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Only a couple from me...

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Old 12-09-2009, 04:10 AM   #5
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When following abandoned lines I tend to find myself drawn to structures that still stand as proud reminders of what once was...

The Milwaukee Road. Not much more needs to be said.
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Another amazingly-engineered line in Washington State that has been abandoned: The Spokane, Portland and Seattle 3rd Subdivision.
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The major obstacle standing in the way of excursion trains running from Kingston, NY into the Catskill Mountains: Bridge C-30 and its failed pier.
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At the time I photographed the approach signal to CPF499 at Delanson, NY, on the west end of the former D&H Albany Main, the line had been out of service for years and was being reclaimed by nature.
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Although this shot doesn't focus on an abandoned line, I paid particular attention to the composition to incorporate as much as possible of the bridge which once carried a UP branch to Wallace, ID, across Chatcolet Lake.
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Old 12-09-2009, 04:28 AM   #6
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Ok i remember i do have some in the DB, though not the traditional abandoned shots.

This has to be one of my favorite abandoned shots i have taken
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Finally went out and shot this one after many years of passing this buy, and got top of the day as a prize, not bad.
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This is about 40 seconds away from being a abandoned shot........
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Old 12-09-2009, 04:52 AM   #7
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This is about 40 seconds away from being a abandoned shot........
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What are you talking about Nikos?? The SCS is going to take over it so it's not really going into complete abandonment!

Jeez anything for some extra view counts! LOL
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Old 12-09-2009, 05:45 AM   #8
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Ant, get on IM..........

And no, im perfectly content with my view count on that picture thank you very much.
Right now its up in the air whether SCS will take over the business to the feedmill in Newborn, theres rumors they might be going all trucks. Even if it does pass they only have a lease to Newborn. Its unlikely anything will run through Covington on the CofG again.
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Old 12-09-2009, 09:45 AM   #9
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Nikos,

You probably captured the most historically significant picture I've seen in a while.. A sad end, but I'm glad that you captured it.

Here's a couple shots to add to the 'abandoned theme'. First is.. well.. I don't know.. Somewhere up the Gauley River, on the C&O side. Second, is the old Meadow River line out of Rainelle, which was taken up this year after a 6 year idle. And third, is the old C&O connection at Sewell, there used to be a trans-loading tipple right behind me, where the Manns Creek Narrow Guage would dump coal from their cars, and it would be loaded into the C&O's hoppers.








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Old 12-09-2009, 12:43 PM   #10
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I am always amazed that they leave the rails in place. I would think that they would be worth some money to use somewhere else or even money for scrap. The last photo here has some trees that have been growing for a while in the ROW judging by their size.
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Old 12-09-2009, 05:29 PM   #11
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The following photos are related to either the events leading up to abandonment, or pieces leaving the property after the Knox&Kane sale.

This section of trackage, RR east of Clarion Jct. was abandoned in 2000.
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Former WM GP9 #39 departs the property. #39, and 2 passenger cars are the only pieces to leave by rail. The 2 steamers and some other rolling stock left by truck. The rest by scrap dumpster.
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Causes of abandonment.
Kinzua Viaduct collapse...
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...and the 2008 Kane engine house arson.
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I made an approx. 9 mile round trip hike in search of the Buffalo&Pittsburgh rail train pulling the former Pennsy Low Grade to reach the end of track at the Leatherwood Tunnel and not find a train or anyone working. I was just about ready to leave when I heard some chatter on my scanner. I decided to wait around, and got this shot of the rail train reversing in to the end of the line.
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Old 12-09-2009, 06:15 PM   #12
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Here's my best contribution to this genre so far:

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Some great shots in this thread, guys. Can someone dig up that shot of the signal bridge rotting in the woods? Can't remember whose it was, but I think it may have been in Pennsylvania.

Kevin, the viduct shots above are fantastic and sad all rolled into one.
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Old 12-09-2009, 10:19 PM   #14
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Best subject matter in this thread, IMO. THIS is the kind of abandoned shot I like to see!

I've got nothing in the database, but I hope to get back and reshoot this one sometime soon...



Another couple of faves...but unfortunately these tracks don't exist any more....



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Can someone dig up that shot of the signal bridge rotting in the woods? Can't remember whose it was, but I think it may have been in Pennsylvania.
Not Pennsylvania, but is this the pic that you were thinking of?

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Yes, there it is. And this one --

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Should have remembered they were Gerald Oliveto shots. He's got some of the best abandoned track and structure shots in the database.
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Should have remembered they were Gerald Oliveto shots. He's got some of the best abandoned track and structure shots in the database.
Agreed. If you wonder your abandoned shots get rejected while others get accepted, just study Gerald's work. Notice in his shots that they're not just tracks in the woods, each shot has an identifying element that helps gives location and adds interest. Some of my favorites:

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In the shot below, he could have easily waited to show a train on the Northeast Corridor line underneath, but I think it is just as dramatic as is.

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My latest abandoned trackage shot --

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Dont have many but here is one of my abandoned trackage, er railroad grade, shots. The former Cabin Fork line of the Mower Lumber Co. The line came off of the now Cass Scenic Railroad near Bald Knob.

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Is that on a grade?
I don't think it's one of my best. I'd give it a B, maybe a B-.
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I don't think it's one of my best. I'd give it a B, maybe a B-.
That's quite a steep grade. Did they have to use helpers going up and over that trestle?
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There might be some unlevelness going on, but the left end of the trestle is closer to the photographer than the right end. Could that be skewing the view a little? I'm about to head out. I'll give it another look later today.
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I don't have much success with this type of shot taken in Britain. I did have this one taken in Ghana accepted,which got a few views.
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