“We who have lived before railways were made belong to another world. It was only yesterday, but what a gulf between now and then! Then was the old world, stage-coaches, more or less swift, riding-horses, pack-horses, highwaymen, knights in armor, Norman invaders, Roman legions, Druids, Ancient Britons painted blue, and so forth — all these belong to the old period. But your railroad starts the new era, and we of a certain age belong to the new time and the old one. We who lived before railways, and survive out of the ancient world, are like Father Noah and his family out of the Ark.” – William M. Thackeray
To see a railroad overgrown and forgotten brings up a sense of sadness. Railroads brought hope and progress of a new world; a connectedness that many had never felt before. Today, we connect with cell phones and computers which in turn seem to make us less collective as human beings.
This photo was taken on a back road in central Alabama, US