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Saturday, 28 August 2010

A Greenlandic Railway



I wasn't expecting to see any railway tracks in Greenland. As I've mentioned before, most of the towns aren't even linked by road - let alone by rail.

So imagine my surprise to get off the boat in a tiny almost-ghost-town, now inhabited only in the summer, and find this:




The line runs from the harbour to a disused fish factory. It's clearly been out of use for some time, but in its heyday (if a small railway line can be said to have had a heyday!) it had points and a turning circle, even its own signal box.



I love travelling by train, and this was a fun - and unexpected - discovery. But I'm not enough of a train geek to know whether this could be in the running for the shortest train line in the world...?




21 comments:

Writing Without Periods! said...

What great photos. It's so out in the middle of nowhere, they made me lonely.
Mary

Tabor said...

Such an interesting climate and culture. I love those ice bergs.

lakeviewer said...

Do email me about your Oregon Convention. My guess is you'll be in Portland. Regardless, I'd like to meet you if you have time and energy.

Tractor Mom said...

This is just too cool! I hate you didn't find the engine or caboose! Keep sending the cool pictures...

Come by when you can...

www.frugaltractormom.blogspot.com

Buckeroomama said...

I would be tickled with such a cool find!

You're the only person I know who has ever been to Greenland. =)

ScoMan said...

Looks like a great place to film a horror movie.

Mama Hen said...

Rachel these pictures are super! I love the one of you on the tracks! That is really neat to see them especially because you say there aren't even that many roads. Have a great Sunday!

Mama Hen

ladyfi said...

Superb pictures. Greenland looks like a wonderful place - but cold, even in summer with those ice bits.

The Empress said...

What cool pictures. I also like the picture you have up on FB. You look like a faire maiden in a fairy tale!

Deirdre said...

Thanks for the visit...

I love these photos! I'm so envious of all the traveling you do. That's so great. :)

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Wonderful photos and how fantastic to have visited Greenland!

liliannattel said...

Great pics! I love trains too. I think that one would be a contender for shortest.

smilla4blogs said...

Your photos and pov are incredibly beautiful and I love the startling view of the chunks of snow by the blue building. Wonderful post...as always!

Kazzy said...

Really? Most of the towns aren't linked? Interesting.

Love your photos!

Jinnia Low said...

What an interesting discovery! I like your photos a lot, it shows a neat history. Thank you for your comment! Hope you had a great weekend. ~Jinnia

Marshmallow Circus said...

What a cool, unexpected adventure! I can't wait to read more of your blog. :)

Melissa aka Equidae said...

lovely photos! thanks for sharing

cornflakegirl74 said...

Beautiful photos, Rachel! Every time I visit your blog, I'm inspired to travel to new locations. I love that :) Greeland has always been on my list of places to visit, too!

Slamdunk said...

That is a neat find, and I would love to go exploring there.

The railroads were near dead here in our part of the US, but have recently been making a comback as businesses are looking for cheaper alternatives to truck transport.

So maybe someday these tracks will come back to life.

Jo said...

What a gem you found!

Fun discovery -- I would have felt a bit like 'Indiana Jones' or Christopher Columbus.

Hell, I'm excited when I go to Walmart -- don't mind me. :D

Peace and serenity,
~Jo
'The End Of The Rainbow: Life After Bankruptcy'

StanovskyM said...

Where was it Greenland?

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