Image: Sophie Atkinson
Motionless and almost grotesque, the rusting carriages of the once fast-moving vehicles pepper the rugged or overgrown terrain. Victims of the elements and the ravages of time, their present condition seems to mock their former purpose, and yet they still hold an undeniable attraction.
There is, of course, something very romantic about trains. They’ve come to represent discovery and adventure; taking us to new and exciting places and, at the same time, bringing these destinations right to our doorsteps. Even if we’re only on our way to work, trains are often spaces where we can relax and daydream about more interesting travels. Abandoned trains, on the other hand, have a different kind of charm.
Image: Chase Schiefer
Urban explorers sometimes investigate abandoned trains and railways, photographing the empty carriages and absorbing the sites’ sometimes eerie atmospheres. Here’s a look at seven train graveyards from around the world that we found particularly fascinating.
Image: Andre Joosse
7. Train Graveyard, Belgium
Rusted and with its paint all but peeled away, this train lies abandoned in a train yard in Belgium. It’s a shame the paintwork hasn’t survived very well; it looks like it might have been quite smart looking in its day.