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Old January 8th, 2009, 08:30 PM   #21
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That Germany bicycle roads are amazing! Makes me love them a lot!!!!! Now I want to go there.
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Old January 27th, 2009, 07:13 PM   #22
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Now I'll show u the "Talleres Tolosa" near La Plata city in Argentina. The line is still operable but those workshops are abandoned.

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Old January 30th, 2009, 05:53 AM   #23
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Many rail lines get turned into bicycle/walking paths here as well. There's a big group that goes around doing it. Sometimes though they will actively push to kill a proposed rail service just so they can convert a track.
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Old January 30th, 2009, 05:57 AM   #24
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Here's the old rail station in the town where I grew up, West Bend, WI.
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There's one of those trails running in front of it now.
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Old January 30th, 2009, 07:29 AM   #25
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Here's the old rail station in the town where I grew up, West Bend, WI.
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There's one of those trails running in front of it now.
Interestingly, there is a simmering potential for that line to be used again as a railroad - should the Midwest (passenger) Rail Initiative play out and its Green Bay, WI line be established to go via West Bend (as most involved want it to be), that former CNW/FRVR grade will be returned to active railroad service.

The REALLY interesting part of that routing is how they would have to run it in the downtown Fond du lac, WI area.

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Old January 30th, 2009, 08:00 AM   #26
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Interestingly, there is a simmering potential for that line to be used again as a railroad - should the Midwest (passenger) Rail Initiative play out and its Green Bay, WI line be established to go via West Bend (as most involved want it to be), that former CNW/FRVR grade will be returned to active railroad service.

The REALLY interesting part of that routing is how they would have to run it in the downtown Fond du lac, WI area.

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There was a plan years ago to put Amtrak on that line through West Bend. The residents fought it tooth and nail and eventually killed it. The greedy bastards just wanted to cash in on their home values with a bicycle trail in their backyard. Heaven forbid a train run on the railroad tracks they moved in next to.

The nice thing about our current economy is that people like that got royally screwed!

What were we talking about? Oh yeah.

The rails in Fond du Lac currently run 1 block West of the train station, which is in much better shape than the one in West Bend.

Exhibit A: Fond Du Lac station

I imagine it wouldn't be hard to have a little spur run along the station. Much of the abandoned line is still vacant. That part of town is a little ragged too, so it'd be relatively easy to pitch the service as part of a revitalization effort.

But no rail will ever run through West Bend again. Especially not now that the line has been converted into a paved trail.

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Old January 30th, 2009, 09:36 PM   #27
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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.











Amazing that everything is left like that. Unbelievable. Last pictures are beautiful in their desolation...
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Old January 30th, 2009, 09:41 PM   #28
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You make me want to travel to Argentina to see this from my own eyes... Could be an amazing touristic attraction!!!
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Old January 30th, 2009, 09:43 PM   #29
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OMG, that's just amazing how germans made abandoned railways into bicycle and other kinds of roads!!
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Old January 31st, 2009, 11:47 AM   #30
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Istanbul's train lines will be closed soon
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Old February 4th, 2009, 11:46 AM   #31
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Why? Istanbul is a crowded city... Requires public transportation to avoid suffocating no?
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Why? Istanbul is a crowded city... Requires public transportation to avoid suffocating no?
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Old February 6th, 2009, 11:36 AM   #34
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I find it astonishing how much metal seems to be left to rust in some countries, especially in those pics from Argentina. Here in Germany, someone would have stolen all that long ago and sold it to China. Goes for the rail cars too.
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Old March 28th, 2009, 08:15 PM   #35
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abandoned train in Soviet union

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Old March 29th, 2009, 08:16 AM   #36
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Blimey, thats an impressive train graveyard...
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Old March 29th, 2009, 11:17 AM   #37
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Yeah, indeed. I suppose that it was abandoned after the Soviet Union fell apart?
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Old March 29th, 2009, 08:10 PM   #38
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The all region looks like that. It was at war with Georgia.
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Old March 30th, 2009, 10:20 AM   #39
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Many railways at Latvia look the same.
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Old April 1st, 2009, 11:50 AM   #40
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IcyUrmel - your pictures are superb - thanks for sharing!!

It's good to see that an awful lot of history has been retained in Germany - such a shame that here in the UK, BR hastily solf off it's assetts & we don't have anything near as much.
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