You may have seen this shot before claiming that it is a "ghost train" or an abandoned train. The implication is that the railroad just stopped running one day and never came back. Turns out this is a case of not believing everything you see or read on the interwebs. First, the train does not look abandoned. It's not in bad shape. Yeah, there is not a lot of room on either side of the rails, but it's not like the rock and boulders grew up around the train. The lights are also on the lead locomotive. Oh, and there's a railroad crew inside! The train was moving when someone, almost never creditted when the shot is shared, took the shot.
People often ask me about this shot and with my memory, I have to go back and find the information on it every time they do. So while I still remember the details from this morning, this is a Youngstown and Southestern Railroad in a shot from 2013. Lead locomotive is an ex-Illinois Central Railroad GP10. I did a reverse Google Image search on the shot and, surprise, surprise! He's actually one of my contacts on Flickr, a recent addition as I recall. John Leopard is his name. He has a lot of good stuff online. This shot has 40,000+ views, but I bet it has more than that without proper accreditation. I looked for him on FAA/Pixels, but could not find him. I bet this shot would sell pretty good if he were. Let's see if I can link to the Flickr shot
Now here is a real ghost train... Well, a train car anyway...
Years ago there were several large agriculture operations that had their own railroads that tied into the main rail system that ran through the Lompoc and Santa Maria valley. There are several of these abandoned cars still sitting around the area. Several of them have been removed and have ended up in museums.
This one is still there and is a favorite or graffiti artist and homeless looking for a roof over their heads.
In Karlsruhe, Germany in 1953, when I was in the army signal corps, I came across this remarkable sight:
A friendly student explained to me that the building had been a museum on the college campus, and that the ancient train was a museum piece. The buildings were bombed during World War II and had not yet been restored.
There's a couple ghost railroad tunnels in Baltimore, scary as heck, have a post apocalyptic feel, or like they are the portal to Hades. One carried Lincoln's body on a funeral tour (literally) and still handles a couple hundred passenger trains each day and is completely functional. The other carries an endless sequence of CSX freight trains. When I take the commuter train to DC, inside the Baltimore and Potomac tunnel, I think I can hear the ghosts of railroad workers from the 19th century. They'd make a good day's work for a photographer that does ruin-porn.
I've seen this. It's not hard to believe it's abandoned. There's no large views of this online that I've seen so the things you pointed out aren't noticeable until I knew about them.
Speaking of old train tunnels, Wisconsin has lots of old rail line converted to bike trails. Several have old tunnels. The Elroy-Sparta trail has 3, one of which is 3/4 of a mile long. You have to walk your bike and have a flashlight. You get to the middle and turn off the flash lights. All you see on either end is a pinpoint of light. Really creepy. I've got photos of the tunnel entrances, they still have the old doors that are supposed to keep the limestone from destabilizing in winter. Not to make it an image thread so I won't post them.
We have a bunch of old rail right-of-ways that were converted to trails around Baltimore, including one in my neighborhood. The one near me still has a section of old rails and a trestle and kids pass down rumors of a ghost train that runs back there. Nice, on the ground rail-trails are great, but if plans eventually materialize to replace the old masonry tunnels that are still in use, I can't see those being re-used except for a halloween tunnel-to-hell kind of thing. Every time I take the train to DC, when it gets to that tunnel, I hold my breath for a mile and a half. If a train goes by in the opposite direction, the one you're on shakes, quivers and makes your ears pop. The tunnel has two curves and 150 years worth of soot build up so there is no light at all except for a few bulbs strung along the walls. Even though trains go through there every few minutes, it seems like you just survived some voyage of the damned in those 3 minutes you were in there.
Halloween Train in Orchard Park NY with a Grunge Light Effect added digitally with Topaz. The owners of this cool train change the decor by season and/or holiday. This scary version features a pumpkin headed conductor carrying a bloody chainsaw, and is covered with webs.
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