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.