All photographs by Owen Kraus
The train still runs. It can’t exceed 5 mph because the tracks are not up to the task. The train doesn’t really go anywhere. It used to go to all the factories along the Blackstone and its tributaries. It took people to work, hauled raw materials to the mills and finished materials out.
These were the U.S.A.’s first industries, born by the Blackstone. Now those old mills and factories are decaying in the marshes. No roads go to these places and there’s no way to even remove the factories, even though none of them have been used for more than 110 years.
There were never any roads. All these mills and factories were serviced by trains and sometimes by men with horses, but no one bothered to build roads. There are mini-canals and of course always a dam to power the factory or mill.