I’m not sure what’s wrong with me, but I have some weird fascination with industrial sites. There’s an artistic element to this fascination, but I can’t quite articulate it other than to say that I see some sort of raw beauty in them…
So, when I saw this rusting train abandoned on the tracks shortly after crossing into Georgia from Armenia, I felt compelled to stop and explore:
More of the abandoned train:
As I was examining the train, I noticed this abandoned factory off in the distance – even better!
The industrial site had something to do with aggregates and the conveyor belt you see below carried these aggregates to a loading station along the train tracks:
The interior of the factory:
As we were leaving, these guys rode past. They don’t have much to do with industrial landscapes, but I thought they were photogenic all the same:
those are great pictures and lovely scenenery. The site probably abandonded when the Soviet system collapsed and no longer provided infrastructure for support. I’ve seen somewhat similar abandoned sites and rusting rail tracks in the American midwestern states.
when there is no longer regular rail service and highway traffic bypasses an area the industry moved on and leaves empty buildings.
and some times a fair amount of stuff is left behind because it is less expensive to abandon it than to pay the moving costs.
Thank you for your comment and your kind words, Jim. I agree with your assessment of the site – it was probably losing money consistently under the Soviet system, but they kept it open anyway. However, when the Soviet Union collapsed, so did a lot of the old smokestack factories they were propping up.
That’s an interesting point about the States. A drive across the country in January and then April made me realize how much of the U.S. is becoming concentrated in cities.