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Old December 19th, 2008, 04:45 PM   #1
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MISC | Closed or abandoned railways

Post photos and info of abandoned or demolished railways here

MOSCOW: Beskudnikovo branch (1904-1986). Demolished in 1980s-1990s



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Old December 20th, 2008, 03:05 PM   #2
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A website with some photos of abandoned railways, as they are today: http://binarimorti.***************/
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Old December 20th, 2008, 03:16 PM   #3
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And this is Beskudnikovo line site: http://www.noorderlingen.org/
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Old December 28th, 2008, 04:26 AM   #4
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Perhaps the largest railway abandonment in history was the Milwaukee Road's Pacific extension. In the late 1970s, the Milwaukee Road reorganized from a transcontinental railroad to a midwestern regional railroad. Approximately 1100 miles of track was abandoned from Miles City, Montana to Seattle, Washington.



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Old December 30th, 2008, 03:10 AM   #5
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The U.S. has torn up so much track it is an embarassment. The thinking was that highways would rule the day- what a shortsighted view.
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Old December 30th, 2008, 04:16 AM   #6
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Many of the early US railroads were built more to facilitate land claims than to be functional railroads. Others were built to facilitate certain industries that closed up eventually. Both of those types of lines ended up being huge money pits.
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Old December 31st, 2008, 01:24 AM   #7
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Many of the early US railroads were built more to facilitate land claims than to be functional railroads. Others were built to facilitate certain industries that closed up eventually. Both of those types of lines ended up being huge money pits.
Well, in Indiana, there are a bunch of abandoned rail lines that connected cities. My hometown of Bloomington used to be connected to Chicago and Louisville on a passenger rail line!! What I wouldn't give for that to be the case again.

A lot of abandoned railroad ROWs have been converted bike/walking paths making construction of commuter/light rail more expensive because of new ROW.
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Old January 1st, 2009, 07:11 AM   #8
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The UK seems to be punctuated with abandoned railways - luckily they were smart enough not to tear up as many as other countries.

I have such sympathy for the USA. Numerous Governments without foresight went whole-heartedly into highway construction and let the rail network decline. It's interesting to try and imagine what America would be like today if it had retained all of its rail lines and invested in them, rather than highways.
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Old January 2nd, 2009, 06:19 PM   #9
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The UK seems to be punctuated with abandoned railways - luckily they were smart enough not to tear up as many as other countries.

I have such sympathy for the USA. Numerous Governments without foresight went whole-heartedly into highway construction and let the rail network decline. It's interesting to try and imagine what America would be like today if it had retained all of its rail lines and invested in them, rather than highways.
Yes, the UK didn't fully embrace the rail line closure zeal of the 1960s and still has a good inter-city and suburban rail network as a result.

The U.S. now needs to re-invent the wheel because it put all of its eggs in the highway basket.
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Old January 2nd, 2009, 06:51 PM   #10
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Here in Argentina we have many abandoned rail lines. We can see thousand of train stations in ruins all over the country. It's a sad show to see. Some of them are now in proyects to be reopened.

One sad example is the Central Station of Belgrano Rail of Santa Fe city.

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Old January 2nd, 2009, 09:53 PM   #11
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An excellent source of information on UK abadoned stations/lines.
Truly a labor of love...

http://www.disused-stations.org.uk/
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Old January 3rd, 2009, 09:11 AM   #12
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@narfic: wow, those photos almost made me cry, especially the Salida de trenes bulletin. Me quedé impactado. Puerto Rico used to have a very extensive rail line that ran through the whole island. When the American Railroad Company of Porto Rico (passenger rail company) shut down, the rail freight industry went down with it. The island tore out every single piece of track. Only a few municipalities still have pieces of history left as many of these pieces were recycled. Now there is a crisis because there are too many cars, foreign energy dependancy and Highways just don't cut it anymore because Puerto Rico is extremely dense.
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Old January 4th, 2009, 12:49 AM   #13
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Damn, narflc, those are really terrifying pictures...
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Old January 4th, 2009, 08:14 AM   #14
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It'd make a great set for a post-apocalypse movie.
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Old January 6th, 2009, 10:14 AM   #15
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How we handle the things in Germany

What I really love in Germany is that many - really many! - former local lines that had been closed since the 80ies now have been filled with some life again: as marvellous bicycle trails.
The standards of these trails are extremely high, all are in good condition, most of them and especially the longer ones with an asphalt surface that allows inline skating, too.
So the nice thing is that - if not the train service can be saved - at least the infrastructure is well conservated.
As I am a passionate inline skater and passionate railway fan as well, for me this is a great deal. The trails are not too steep (how should they when they once were used by regular trains?). Most times, they are totally seperated from the roads. And it is a great thing to roll on former railroad paths, because no other kind of traffic route is in such a perfect harmony with the surrounding.

And sometimes, when the shadows paint a rail on the ground, the illusion is almost perfect ...






As my own pictures are not online yet, I use mainly pics from the excellent website www.bahntrassenradeln.de which portrayes all the railway cicle tracks in Germany and many more all over Europe.

When regarding these pictures, please always keep in mind that the communities spent millions of Euros for reconstruction and conservation, so the former railroad infrastructure will survive for many more years.





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Most of the former station buildings still exist and and are easy to recognize:


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Where the original bridges could be saved from destruction (even if I'm nor sure about that in this case), ...





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Where the old bridge had to be demolished or did not exist anymore, in most cases new bridges were built ...


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The tunnels are used as well, of course.


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Milseburgtunnel - close to my home town. 1.195 meters, longest "former railway now bycicle tunnel" of Germany. Equipped with emergency call devices, video control system on both entrances and artificial light:

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The only thing they forgot is a heating...





Many former stations have turned into Cafes, Restaurants or Beergardens.


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Where the former station building was not available anymore, they sometimes found other solutions to provide restaurants and restrooms:


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... or even an original sleeping car:

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Old January 6th, 2009, 06:36 PM   #16
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I looks nice what you did in Germany but it still brings me a sad feeling I love railways and I hate when they're closed or abandoned
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Old January 6th, 2009, 08:11 PM   #17
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Fantastic what Germany has done. I wish the UK had done the same thing. Many of our former railways were just left to decay, often with the rails and infrastructure left behind.

Some abandoned railways in my city:

Former Preston-Longridge railway line
There have been many plans to reopen this line as a tramway due to the high density all the way along the line, its connectivity with the city centre and the M6 motorway, and its proximity to the city football stadium. If open today, it would be an ideal commuter line.

Former Deepdale station
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Although the line hasn't been used in almost 30 years, the line is still considered active and many of the signals still work
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The main feature of this line is a long tunnel (roughly a mile) which takes the line into the city centre. The tunnel runs underneath a number of key parts of the city centre including the university
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Preston-Southport Line
Very little remains of this line which ran across the river to the west of the city centre and running all the way to the coastal town of Southport. No part of the entire 30 mile line remained open

The supports are the only remnant of the bridge which carried the line over the River Ribble into the city centre
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East Lancashire Line
Although the East Lancashire line hasn't closed, the original link from the city centre to the line has. No stations were along this section of track, but a large amount of housing development has taken place since the line closed.

The most substantial feature is the old bridge over the river which still remains with no use at all, despite being right on the edge of the city centre
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Old January 6th, 2009, 10:03 PM   #18
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Very sad stories.

Here- in Victoria, Australia- many hundreds of km of branch-lines have been abandoned and turned into bike/riding/hiking paths. Although the demise of the railways is not quite as dramatic as what we observe in the Western Hemisphere, it's still been ill-concieved in many instances, and at least in one case or two, the rails will soon be put back (to South Morang or Mernda, and maybe to Cranbourne East). There's lots of horse-track out there, that was once railway line, and might need to be again.

The very first railway line in Australia (excluding that pulled by convicts rather than a steam engine) ran from Melbourne to Port Melbourne. It acquired a branch to "St. Kilda". I'd argue it had heritage significance, apart from providing a service to those suburbs.

Around 1990 the tracks were ripped up or converted to provide the site for a Casino: the suburbs have trams now, rather than the trains they used to have. We have The Casino.

The four-track railway bridge across the river has become a sort of Immigration Museum: it's a footbridge, with lots of panels along it, and if you're a Lapp or or a Kurd, or a Ainu, it will tell you how many of your fellows are here now, when the first arrived, and how: maybe how to find them ... also if you're Chinese or English.

But it was, really, the first real railway bridge in Australia: although the first bridge was just timber; this second bridge is very solid iron, huge girders, four tracks, which is probably why it's still there.
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Old January 7th, 2009, 05:55 PM   #19
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Old January 8th, 2009, 05:02 PM   #20
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very impressive German restoration works.

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The UK seems to be punctuated with abandoned railways - luckily they were smart enough not to tear up as many as other countries.

I have such sympathy for the USA. Numerous Governments without foresight went whole-heartedly into highway construction and let the rail network decline. It's interesting to try and imagine what America would be like today if it had retained all of its rail lines and invested in them, rather than highways.
Without wishing to create a flame-war here, it would seem to me that the US was over-supplied with competing mainlines due to a certain political philosophy: particularly in the north-west. If they'd survived until last year, no doubt they could have come to Washingston along with the car manufacturers, and demanded a Government bail-out.

In my country- Australia- the private railway companies went under pretty quickly (generally) and were soon taken over by State run monopolies, who probably planned their networks more intelligently. The bits that have been lost are the lines that ran out into marginal territory, where there was a man and a dog every kilometre or so, and notable lines around the outskirts of the cities abandoned in the fifties and sixties: when the Government thought that railways were dead. And now they're outer suburbs.

Overall, due to the construction of mineral railways (mine to port) and the completion of the Adelaide-Darwin Railway, there's probably as much mileage today as there was in 1970: still, some beautiful scenic lines have been lost.
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