Abandoned Train Cars on a Deserted Railroad Track: Charlotte, Michigan
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Well, it's about time. We're finally getting a peek inside a couple of old abandoned train cars. These two cars are sitting on an old discarded railroad track just outside of Charlotte, nestled between rows of trees, hiding it from the view of motorists.
The curious explorers had to park their car and walk for a few hundred feet before reaching the hidden train cars. The car doors are wide open, and upon going inside, you get an idea of what old train travel was like...even though the seats are ripped out.
This slice of track was once part of the New York Central Railroad, also known as a branch of the Michigan Central Grand Rapids Railroad.
In 1868 the Grand River Valley Railroad became the first railroad line to go through Charlotte. Two years later, the track was merged into Michigan Central Railroad. That same year (1870), the Peninsular Railway became the second railroad line to cut through Charlotte. In 1880, Grand Trunk had acquired the Peninsular. Railroad history gets too confusing with all the name changes, so let's just state that the abandoned rail cars sit on the old branch of the Michigan (New York) Central Railroad, just a little on the eastern outskirts of Charlotte.
The insides of the cars may be dilapidated, but still cool to witness. With rows of seats on both sides, it appears there was little room to walk up and down the aisle. There's some graffiti, a football poster still hanging, and many of the old ripped-out train seats thrown all the way to the back of the second car.
This is undoubtedly one of the coolest abandoned places I've seen. Granted, it's no spooky mansion, crumbling graveyard, or hollowed out creepy factory...but it's simplicity – sitting alone in the countryside within some trees, away from the eyes of passers-by.
The gallery below shows you both inside and outside photos of these old deserted rail cars.
Abandoned Train Cars, Charlotte
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