I’ve really had two loves when it comes to photographing the ruins of the early twentieth century. The towns & farms of our agricultural society and the factories & infrastructure of our industrial past. Yet while both are very different there has always been one connecting element. The railroad.
Following embankments that once had tracks has been almost a surefire way for me to find some of the almost now ghost towns along former main lines. Even in 2015 I still hear stories from locals about how the towns they live in started to fade away after the rails were removed.
Below is a few of my favorite photos of the railroad in rural America.