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Surprisingly beautiful pictures of America's empty railroads

Love Exploring Logo By loveEXPLORING staff of Love Exploring | Slide 1 of 15: <p>Most people photograph tourist attractions, stunning landscapes or local street-life scenes. But New York-based photographer <a href="http://john-sanderson.com/galleries/railroadlandscape/">John Sanderson</a> has been shooting America’s empty railroads and the results are surprisingly beautiful. In the early 20th century over 250,000 miles of track spread across the country, but today many are far less frequented by passengers, after a steep decline in non-commuter rail travel just 50 years later signaled the railroads' demise. Entire towns and cities have been built to work around the the tracks, leaving a fascinating landscape behind that John has captured in these evocative images.</p>

Eerily empty tracks across America

Most people photograph tourist attractions, stunning landscapes or local street-life scenes. But New York-based photographer John Sanderson has been shooting America’s empty railroads and the results are surprisingly beautiful. In the early 20th century over 250,000 miles of track spread across the country, but today many are far less frequented by passengers, after a steep decline in non-commuter rail travel just 50 years later signaled the railroads' demise. Entire towns and cities have been built to work around the the tracks, leaving a fascinating landscape behind that John has captured in these evocative images.

© John Sanderson

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