Ether Signposts #31/52a: The Explorations And Archiving Of Disused Stations

  • Disused Stations-Belmont railway station-3

    Although I’m wary of revelling too much or gratuitously in appreciations of abandoned structures, certain online sites and collections of photographs catch my eye…

    Disused Stations-Acrow

    One of those is the Disused Stations website which focuses on abandoned railway stations in the UK.

    Disused Stations-Belmont railway station-the last day and train
    (The last train at Belmont station, which for some and various reasons seems particularly for myself seems to have a particularly sad or regretful air to it).

    Disused Stations-list of stationDisused Stations is an encyclopaedic and somewhat exhaustive text, archival image and contemporary photography collection and mapping of such places – and it is quite staggering to see just how many hundreds of stations there once were across the UK that are no longer in use.

    As a site and project, it put me in mind of Subterranea Britannica’s documenting of forgotten structures and installations.

    And like that site, the photographs can capture a sense of a lost age, of lost futures and a related melancholia.

    They can have a haunting quality that seem at points to conjure the spirit of a very particular time that now seems far, far away from our own.

    That is particularly so I suppose with the Disused Stations site in terms of its connection with the once publicly owned rail network.

    (File post under: Other Pathway Pointers And Markers)

    Directions and Destinations:
    Disused Stations
    Disused Stations: Belmont Station
    Disused Stations: Acrow Station

     

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