Skyscraper City Forum banner
1 - 14 of 14 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
6,375 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Hi guys ,

As a map collector I have several maps from decades ago which show clearly where railway lines used to be.
Sometimes I am surprised to find an old track hidden in the landscape that has became a foot path or a cycle track.

Who can provide me with pictures and links on these subjects ?
I am particulairy interested in the following countries : Switzerland-France-Germany-Spain-Belgium.

Very appreciated , thank you
 

·
Me&Me
Joined
·
1,037 Posts
in spain there is a lot of abandoned railways as this





but nowadays, the goverment have made some tracks as bikes or running tracks in landscapes. they are called ''vias verdes''
this is the site
http://www.viasverdes.com/

here are some examples








here is some photos of the international station of Canfranc (Aragón, Spain) which is located in the pyrenees and was closed in 1970.here is a site with some photos of the station nowadays
http://homepage.mac.com/rofe/PhotoAlbum62.html






 

·
Urge Desire Rest
Joined
·
2,404 Posts
Now closer to what you asked for can be found here:

http://www.railwayramblers.org.uk/homepage/homepage.htm

Of course it's in the UK not one of the countries you particularly wanted.

I'd suspect the UK may have more disused lines than any country in the world. Often there were competing ailway lines for the same route as it was all done through private enterprise originally. Other small usage railway lines just stopped being viable when car ownership became common.

In 1955 the British railway system had 20,000 miles of track and 6,000 stations. By 1975 this had shrunk to 12,000 miles of track and 2,000 stations, roughly the same size it is today.

The linked site is to a group of people that go for walks along old railway lines of the uk.


To find detailed information about every station closed click here:

http://www.subbrit.org.uk/sb-sites/stations/sites.shtml
 

·
Streetwalker
Joined
·
7,028 Posts
Great thread. I love abandoned structures. That Canfranc station looks grand, even for some reason looks fantastic sitting there neglected and passing with time.
 

·
Urge Desire Rest
Joined
·
2,404 Posts
intervention said:
why were all those stations in London closed?
In the UK as a whole stations and lines became uneconomical with the rise of motor cars. Sad but true. Further in the 60s and 70s the UK was a bit on the poor side.

In London it's for a variety of reasons, such as replacement stations openeing, or others being close by, buildings being demolished, underuse local areas changing.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
6,375 Posts
Discussion Starter · #9 ·
SinCity said:
That Canfranc station looks grand, even for some reason looks fantastic sitting there neglected and passing with time.
The Canfranc station is going to be used as a frontier station in the near future.
The RENFE & SNCF have planned a new trainservice between Pau & Zaragoza + it would be used to handle freight trains too.

SinCity said:
I love abondoned structures
I know a great website about Berlin , all text is in german tough...
You want the link ?
 

·
Rock Lord
Joined
·
12,954 Posts
wow I love the international station of Canfranc (Aragón, Spain)

It looks like one of those ice palaces you get in Russia, what is the building now a hotel. Shame it is not a station, it looks superb.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
6,375 Posts
Discussion Starter · #14 ·
I found out that there use to be a direct railway line from Remagen towards the former German communities in eastern Belgium.
Who has some info concerning the part going east of Remagen ?
The former tunnel entrance east of Remagen , on the right Rhine bank is no longer accesable to the public cause a wall has been built inside the tunnelopening...
Where was this tunnel leading too ?
 
1 - 14 of 14 Posts
Top