The remains of an old railroad bed, illuminated by the joyful arrival of Spring.

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Ma&Pa Moose on May 13, 2011

Seems like a place I've seen before. A place of comfort, a place of quiet. One can almost hear the haunting sounds of an approaching steam whistle atop an old locomotive. Thanks for the post and TFTM's.

MaryAlice on May 13, 2011

Ma and Pa Moose, 'Tis so great to hear from you both this evening. It's a beautiful old railroad bed, isn't it? Perhaps you've visited this place before in your dreams. It was very peaceful and quiet out in these woods, all except the sound of scurrying deer from time to time, and the song of the birds ~ celebrating the coming of Spring! I'm so happy to be able to share this with you here, and I hope things are going well for both of you. Thank you again for visiting tonight. Sending cheerful Springtime wishes from Georgia,

Mary Alice

E@GLE on May 13, 2011

Awesome capture MaryAlice L&F warm regards Evan

((Ospr3y)) on May 13, 2011

Another pleasantly Georgia photo. Spring is so beautiful here.


Best Wishes,


miguel jimenez on May 13, 2011

In this spot, without much effort, you can still feel the passage of trains through the trees. A very beautiful picture. Like

MaryAlice on May 14, 2011

Evan, thank you so much for your visit here! The yellow star and your praise makes me very happy! Thank you again for stopping by today, and I wish you a fantastic weekend!

Liam, I couldn't possibly agree with you more! Spring is my very favorite time of year! Thanks so much for enjoying this! :)

Miguel, Right you are! I was completely Feeling them as I walked alone down the path that day. It's quite something indeed, especially when all of the trees are covered in new leaves and wonder is all around! I think it's somewhat magical! Thank you for enjoying this moment with me!

Thank you all again for visiting today! Warmest wishes from Yatesville,

Mary Alice

danimero on May 14, 2011

Hi MaryAlice, it's agreat joy to know that you're uploading new beautiful picture like this marvel. I've walked a good time for this quiet and lovely path, and I had to move away to one hand when the locomotive approached...

It's pleasant have good dreams

Best wishes form Spain to Georgia, Daniel

Steven Stoddart on May 14, 2011

Super stuff, Mary Alice! In the UK, we had a real hatchet man called Beeching. In the 50's and 60's, what used to be British Rail, was a nationalised monster that was very successful at losing money hand over fist. Beeching was hired to close the most loss-making lines and his work lead to the closure of hundreds of railway lines. Since that time, the land for much of the old railways has been buried under housing, roads and other things. Some, however have been turned into footpaths like this one where the trees have been allowed to grow making the walk on a summer's day a real joy.

Lovely stuff!



skida on May 15, 2011

We have many old paths like this in Northeast England, but they are wagonways rather than railways, from the days before George Stephenson developed steam engines to haul coal and people. Your shot is marvellous, Mary Alice.


Ahmet Bekir on May 15, 2011

Wonderful forest scenery and good captured image dear old Panoramio friend MaryAlice, liked naturally, hope you doing well, best wishes from Macedonia, Ahmet Bekir

Lloyd. B on May 16, 2011

Im taking myself back to the time when the train was heading up this track,was it puffing away on steam or diesel,and i dont think those loverly sring trees would have been there,As i stroll along this empty track i can almost hear the clickety clack of the train on the track. Love it.MaryAlice,just love it. Lloyd.

MaryAlice on May 17, 2011

Greetings, Daniel, and thank you for your kind visit. Yes, I thought a few new Spring photos were in order, and I'm delighted that you've enjoyed them. Thank you for taking the time to comment, and I wish you pleasant dreams as well. :)

Steve, Thank you so much for sharing this most interesting story with me here. I enjoyed learning about Beeching and the many, many closures there in the UK. How fantastic that at least a few of the lines were saved to become footpaths. You're right, they are so much fun to walk down and pretend the tracks are still there, or to imagine what it must have been like when they actually were. This beautiful pathway is actually on a friend's property and the public does not have access to it, but I wish they would consider doing something like that around here. We sure could use it, and I'd love it! Some larger cities have the well known "rails to trails" program going, which is great, but nothing like that has happened around these parts. A girl can dream though, right? It's great to hear from you, and thank you again for sharing this interesting history with me. All the best to you. :)

Greetings, Keith, and thank you for stopping by this evening. How VERY interesting about the old wagonways you have over there in Northeast England. That is fascinating. My goodness, such neat history! I would love to explore them, each and every one! Thank you for enjoying this beautiful path, and again, for sharing that bit of history with me. It's great hearing from you, and I wish you a sunny week ahead! :)

Greetings, Ahmet, and thank you for visiting! See . . . I told you I would eventually get around to posting up some new shots. It only took me about six months, right? ;) Thanks for your kind words, and for enjoying this beautiful trail. I am doing well, and I hope that you are also. My best wishes to you for a fabulous week.

Lloyd, Well I can tell that you were just all into the moment! How fun! I can't tell you how much I, too, would love to go back to those days and take a ride along this old track. You're absolutely right too . . . I'm quite certain none of the trees were so close to the track, but time has had it's way with what remains, and done so in a most glorious way! It couldn't have been a prettier walk to me, and I'm so happy that you were able to come along and enjoy the view. ( at least through this photograph anyway!) Thanks so much for your kind visit.

Best wishes to you all from Georgia,

Mary Alice

Milla Marder on May 17, 2011

Hello Mary Alice wonderful photo!!!! great perspective !! and rally good taken!!! :))beautiful place!! like !!!:) Best greetings from Israel Milla

Phương Uyên on May 19, 2011

Hi, Mary Alice. Wonderfull photo!

MaryAlice on May 21, 2011

Milla, Thank you so kindly for enjoying this old track in the Spring! Your kind praise is so appreciated, and I'm really happy that you stopped by my gallery. Thanks again for your cheerful enthusiasm! :)

Phuong, Thank you so much for your praise! I'm so happy that you enjoyed this beautiful place, and I'm happy that I could share it with you here on Panoramio.

Best wishes to you both,

Mary Alice

khoi tranduc on May 21, 2011

Very nice photos! Like!

MaryAlice on May 21, 2011

Greetings, KhoiTran, and thank you for your praise. I'm so please that you've enjoyed looking through my gallery this evening, and I appreciate your kind words. I hope you have an outstanding weekend ahead.

Best regards from the USA,

Mary Alice

barbarosakpinar on May 24, 2011

Nice capture . Greetings , Barbaros

MaryAlice on May 27, 2011

Greetings, Barbaros, and thank you so much for visiting. I'm delighted that you enjoyed this pretty walk through the woods. It is a pleasure to have you stop by my gallery. Best regards to you from the USA,

Mary Alice

Peter_private_box on May 27, 2011

Hi Mary Alice, it is really nice to see some new pictures in your gallery. I'd look every week or two, and now Bingo!
The ghosts of trains past are always present on these old tracks, and one day when you are not expecting it, a train will return. Do you know where it went, or why it was built, or even how many years ago it was lifted? It's great the way you have captured how tall the trees have become, and how they have colonised the embankment. I like it! Best wishes Peter

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