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Sep 15, 2014 12:59 AM

Railroad history, and everything associated, is a rich and...

Railroad history, and everything associated, is a rich and foreign subject many never dare to explore. That ‘old trestle’ and that ‘stretch of unused track’ are far more than an eyesore or obsolete. Every piece of railroad related technology, real estate and apparatus in this country is a small museum to American ingenuity and the beauty of practicality. To understand an area and its people, you must study the railroad. A railroad will hand you a spectrum of information about the world around you. What the railroad carried will tell you what a town needed to survive and thrive. The locations it served will give you an idea about where people settled, and why. A town without a railroad is almost always smaller and less developed than those served by rail at one time or another. And if the tracks are abandoned, if their iron glory has been choked with weeds or removed altogether, then you have found a buried treasure; a living testament to the ugliness of man’s ignorance and the beauty of his history and progression.


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