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Despite being little more than strips of rusty metal laid atop rotting wooden sleepers, there’s something strangely romantic about abandoned railway lines – especially when the tracks are still in situ.  Whether it’s their proud industrial history or the lonely sight of their rails disappearing into the undergrowth, these 10 abandoned railroad lines to nowhere have a haunting appeal.  (Above: abandoned Waiorongomai Valley Tramway, New Zealand.)

Related – The Abandoned Low-Level ‘Victorian Platform’ of Glasgow Central Station

Abandoned railway line to Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia.

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Reading Viaduct, Philadelphia (see regeneration project)

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Abandoned Railway Bridge near Winzenhofen, Germany

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Abandoned Lerchenberg Tunnel, Heilbronn, Germany

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Abandoned Tracks at Mount Union, Pennsylvania, United States

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Abandoned Line to Cumnock, New South Wales, Australia

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The Old Line to Franschhoek, South Africa

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Wortley West Curve, South Yorkshire, UK

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Derelict Chemin de fer de Petite Ceinture (“Little Belt Railway”), Paris, France

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Above: Chemin de fer de Petite Ceinture: Abandoned “Belt Railway” Loops Around Paris