Abandoned Railroad Tracks

September 02, 2012

Railroad Tracks~Java Center NY~120411

Photographer: Carl Crumley; Carl's Web site
Summary Authors: Carl Crumley; Jim Foster

The bent and bowed railroad tracks pictured above are abandoned tracks of the Aracade and Attica Railroad near Java Center, in the western part of New York. Frost heave (the freezing and thawing of the ground) over the 100 years or so since these steel tracks were laid, is mainly responsible for their twisted and distorted appearance. Without constant maintenance of the tracks and the track beds, railroads would quickly become unusable. Even steel can't stand up to the forces of nature without occasional straightening and leveling; done by gandy dancers years ago and by machines nowadays. These tracks were likely installed in the 1890s when the railroad standardized its tracks. They met up with the tracks of the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1895. Although the railroad is still in business today, this section of track has been unused for several decades. Photo taken on December 4, 2011.

Photo details: Camera Maker: Canon; Camera Model: Canon EOS 5D; Focal Length: 102.0mm; Aperture: f/18.0; Exposure Time: 0.040 s (1/25); ISO equiv: 200; Exposure Bias: none; Metering Mode: Matrix; Exposure: aperture priority (semi-auto); Exposure Mode: Auto Bracketing; White Balance: Auto; Flash Fired: No (enforced); Orientation: Normal; Color Space: sRGB; Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 10.0 Windows.