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Sepia Saturday

2014.05W.27
This week’s prompt shows railroad tracks heading towards the horizon.

I’m not sure why, but I think it’s because when I think of trains I tend to remember all the train accident cases we had to read about in law school. The 19th and early 20th century had frequent derailments and accidents at stations.

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1925 Tennessee

This Montparness derailment in 1895 is so transfixing. What a horrible accident!

Paris 1895

Paris 1895

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bob Scotney
    Jun 16, 2014 @ 09:18:45

    I worked with British Railways for a number of years helping them implementing Inquiry recommendations after a major rail crash,

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  2. Little Nell
    Jun 16, 2014 @ 11:08:49

    I’ve seen that Paris shot before and it never fails to send a chill. Thank goodness rail travel is so much safer these days.

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  3. boundforoz
    Jun 16, 2014 @ 18:14:47

    I reacted to that first photo in a similar manner as if the engine had been an animal. which had come to grief. Somehow it looks as though the engine had been a living thing and now it is broken and twisted. As for the Paris photo. Quite horrifying. But the same applies to all train accidents.

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    • smkelly8
      Jun 17, 2014 @ 07:09:51

      That’s an interesting reaction. In a way trains and transport of all sorts take on a living quality as they move and are usually filled with people.

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  4. Sharon
    Jun 17, 2014 @ 06:53:10

    WOW! They are some spectacular train crash photos!

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