Abandoned Caboose

Red caboose

I liked the way sunlight was casting sharp shadows on the distressed textures of this abandoned red caboose on a railway that once brought life to towns on the banks of the Mississippi river.

Abandoned Caboose Door

The weather had turned artist, flaking off the red paint on the wooden door and metal sills to reveal patches of orange, gunmetal and terracotta. I’d not like to guess when this carriage would have been in its prime – it’s probably less old than I’d imagine.

Old caboose

I like railways: they’re reflective places, forcing us to take a passive role. I’m just sorry that so many of America’s railroads have fallen silent.

15 thoughts on “Abandoned Caboose

  1. Cathy says:

    Many of the lines in France are abandoned as well – every small town around here has a disused railway station. Some are really rather lovely old buildings and do find another use. The flakey paint in your picture is wonderful.

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