Photos by MJ Klein (from 2000)
For many years I worked as a field engineer in the radio broadcast discipline. When I think back on those times, it seems as if I practically lived in the field (hence the nickname “bushman”). One really great thing about field work that I enjoyed is that often I would find myself in a region of the country that I otherwise would have no reason to visit. I traveled throughout New England and a dozen states doing field engineering studies of AM broadcast stations, and coming across some very interesting places and things. I would like to share some of these with you, and also set up some following stories over the coming week.
One of my favorite artifact types is railway. I’m not a “train freak” by any means, nor do I posses any special knowledge of trains. I just find train stuff interesting.
Please bear with these photographs, taken in the year 2000 with my Kodak DC120 digital camera.
This train station in North Brookfield Massachusetts was still standing just as you see it in March 2000. There is even a carriage on the platform. The tracks are long gone but if you look hard enough you can see where they used to run (plus, it’s pretty obvious that they used to run beside the platform).
I have forgotten the exact location of this place but it is near Gilbertville, Massachusetts, and may be a part of that town. This building complex sits on a piece of abandoned but still existent rail.
There is some sort of hatch or cover in front of (what I presume to be) the General Store. It looks to be part of a scale, used to weigh cargo going by rail. I am probably completely wrong in this postulation however.
This shot was taken from the cross road and shows the end of the building opposite the General Store. There are several abandoned rail cars, including a caboose. I do have shots of the cars but I chose not to include them in this post.
People go down this road everyday and through these pillars never thinking that at one time they supported a railroad track on a bridge above. Astute observers will take note of the power and telephone lines and conclude that this bridge dates to a time before those services were available in the area.
The abandoned line runs past old burned out homes and into a abandoned factory complex by the river. The original factory used the water to power turbines. I have no idea what they use to make however.
I went back to the factory complex a few months later and I saw this:
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