The empty railways of America

Before reporting on ESNG exhibiting at the Bluebell Railway, here’s a couple of links to an article I came across on the BBC website, “In pictures: The empty railways of America.”

One of photographer John Sanderson’s earliest memories was family road trips to Pennsylvania from his home in Manhattan, New York.
While on one of these trips, 13-year-old Sanderson discovered the delight of taking pictures when shooting the Strasburg Rail Road and its historic steam engine.
Returning to the subject of railways in adulthood, he rebelled against his younger self and this time chose to photograph American railroads devoid of trains.

He appreciated the quietness of the tracks, as opposed to the more frequently documented roads of America.
That is, he said, “until a 100 car-long freight train rumbles into the scene”.

The end results are most attractive, and could give a few ideas for scenery on our layouts – American or otherwise.  Here’s one of them (copyright John Sanderson.)

There are more photos on John Sanderson’s site, under Railroad Landscapes.

Looking on the menu, there is also an item, “Fallen Flags.”  This is a series of head-on photos of preserved F-units, all in the colours of railroads no longer with us.  Worth a look, and I liked the Lehigh Valley example (copyright John Sanderson.)

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