I love everything about railroads! I love the feel of tons of iron and steel making the earth tremble by virtue of their sheer immensity. I love the smell of creosote and grease, and the distant sound of the horns blaring as they approach crossing grades!
I love the appearance of mile after mile of perfectly parallel rails running off into the distance, floating on a bed of crushed rock and held in place with square spikes! There is also a magnificent serpentine quality of a long string of rolling stock meandering through the countryside.
Our country expanded during the industrial age on the backbone of the railroads! With the ability to move our natural resources and finished products easily throughout the continent, our great nation became the economic leader of the world.
But alas, America's railroads are disappearing one line at a time. At one time nearly every town in America was connected by rail, now, only the main arteries are continuing bust, taking containers of freight to transfer stations to be distributed locally by truck.
Today, I photographed the Georgia Southwestern Railroad trackage in Pine Mountain Georgia being removed for salvage. After serving the town for over a hundred and fifty years, the day of the local train is over. It's the end of an era!
There's nothing to be done to stop the trend, it's a matter of economics and changing technologies. But it's still sad, like losing an old friend. A part of our American heritage is removed along with every piece of rail.
And so to the GSWRR line, I bid you a fond adieu. I will miss you very much!
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