Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Any Tracks and Trains

I have very few train or track pictures. There’s a perfectly good reason for this.

We don’t have trains. We have tracks, but they are fenced off from the public by tall fences topped with barbed wire. What used to be the Uxbridge train station is now a real estate office.

Our downtown railroad trestle. No problem identifying which train runs through town.
You can’t really see the tracks. Maybe that’s why you need a warning?
Tracks across from the Unitarian church in Grafton

The train goes through here once a week, but it doesn’t stop. It used to stop as recently as the early 1960s. Apparently (I’m told) we also had local buses. We have neither in 2016.

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25 thoughts on “THE TRAIN DON’T COME HERE NO MORE …”

    1. Like many small towns, we are contracting, not expanding. We don’t have progressive town management and the results are that we have less money, fewer businesses, and a stagnant population. We need new people, but the town government is so inbred, it’s not a very attractive option. Sad. But at least it’s pretty!

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  1. But still remains an interesting subject. They tend to build more lines here than close them down, but usually in the wrong places and complicate things when needing a connection to somewhere else.


    1. Uxbridge was once an important industrial town. The whole valley was THE center of America’s factory and mill industry from the late 1700s until they moved down south in the early 20th century. Workers were cheaper and plentiful — and the cotton fields were nearby. Then, they moved ALL the mills overseas. To Pakistan, Egypt, and India … where labor is even cheaper and so is the cotton. Now we have no mill industry. No mills, at all … and essentially, no industry. So, no trains. If you don’t have a car in this area, you’d better be a marathon runner!


  2. That is the complete opposite of my city, where thanks to all of the industry (as well as our central location in the country), you can’t walk a mile without hitting train tracks. My town is literally surrounded by them. There are only two ways out without possibly getting stopped by a train, and they both require overpasses to do the trick…


    1. Boston has lots of tracks, but they are badly in need of repair and upgrade. I’m not sure what it will take to convince them to spend the money. Probably a major accident and loss of life. That’s what usually does the trick. Pity we are such slow learners, eh?


  3. I really like the second one. Great job on all. I love other people’s train shots, but don’t have the opportunity to photograph them either.


    1. America’s rails are in awful condition … EVEN (especially?) in and around the major cities where they are a critical part of the commuter rail system. We really need to put some money into fixing them before there’s nothing left to fix. I tried to plan a trip by rail from Boston to Arizona and discovered that so many areas of track have become unusable, half the trip has to be by bus to get to the next area where the tracks are usable. Sad.


        1. Incredibly stupid and short-sighted,but every year, the trains won’t run because the tracks ice up and the de-icing equipment is antiquated. The tracks are in bad condition with a lot of damage. They haven’t installed the new safer braking systems or updated the software. AND they are hugely understaff with inadequate maintenance staff,

          They hire and fire a transportation manager for the commonwealth every year. When the inevitable winter mess happens, they blame whoever is currently in charge, but never fix the real problems. I’m surprised they can find anyone to take the job.

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            1. It does. Garry says he covered this same story every year for all 32 years he was at Channel 7. They have never addressed the maintenance and infrastructure issues. They just hire a new chief and fire him or her, usually in March when everyone is up in arms about the trains not running. Then the snow melts and everyone forgets about it till next winter. Sooner or later, there will be a terrible accident and then, there will be a lot of finger pointing and blaming. These problems have been around since the 1970s. Almost 40 years later, they haven’t fixed ANYTHING.

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                    1. I have been — piece by piece. But the whole statewide transportation mess requires significant preparation and fact-checking, so it is going to wait until I have time. Those long pieces that are not “feeling” but “data” based are a lot like what I used to do for a living. Very time consuming. This is a story that even mainstream media has been dancing around because of the research involved … and it really makes it more real if you can do it with interviews of the players and ask a few hard questions — like “wHY???” Taking on the government, even of a province or state, is not just a little post.

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                    2. That is true Marilyn. I’m working on something to take to our Member of Parliament and it does take time to get it together. We have to hold their feet to the fire.


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