Photographing old roadbeds.

logging loco Sep 12, 2020

  1. logging loco

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    I've been trying to photograph some old roadbeds in the woods. With the two dimensional properties of photographs the roadbeds are not distinguishable from the surroundings.
    Other than waiting for light snow any suggestions? 20200910_155339.jpg
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  2. Hardcoaler

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    Yours is a tough situation John, as there's nothing that remains to catch the eye. I've captured a few old rights-of-way, but only because they're now hiking trails or because locals use them for dirtbike trails.

    Your best hope is to find a bridge abutment or culvert to offer some sort of clue as to what was once there.
     
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    Thanks Hardcover.
    I guess I'll just keep sketching on images until I can get better ones..
    The place I showed in the photo was a mystery. The roadbeds didn't line up right and were different elevations.
    A very knowledgeable person from the historical society tells me the roadbed on right is the Braclay RR's line coming down from Long Valley the left roadbed is the S&NY main along Schrader Creek.
     
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    It is indeed fun to find an old ROW and walking and researching it. I have a railfan friend who shares this interest and he once advised of long lost lines, "The Deader The Better". :) I've walked some of the NYO&W (photo below at Summitville, NY in 11/1981), L&NE and WB&E and it was rewarding. As you're finding though, with each decade since passed, it gets more and more difficult to discern what once was.

    1981-11-18 001 Summitville NY - for upload.jpg
     
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  5. HemiAdda2d

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    i have done a lot of ghost railroad chasing in Montana, but the topography is pretty barren, unlike your area. Snow or barren trees will help highlight the roadbed. Low sunlight in morning and evening might work too.
     
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    Thanks Hemi.
    Snow = winter = short days.

    Floods, other long gone railroads, strip mining, and CCC projects all come into play but there is a lot to see and you never where you find traces.

    I'm fortunate to have a base camp within 45 minute drive of many old logging, mining, tanning and other long gone industries.

    I'll see an interesting photograph in a history book, do a little research, grab a 7.5 topo, and go searching.
     

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