Swamp Rabbit Railroad


This photo was taken in the Fall 2006 and at this time the ‘steel rails still hadn’t heard the news.’  These are actual tracks of the Greenville and Northern RR, better known as the Swamp Rabbit, which had been abandoned and was soon to be targeted for conversion to some sort of recreational trail – whether hiking, biking, motorized tram, or multi use.  A good discussion of the Swamprabbit line is here.  The railroad ran from Greenville, SC to a spot just north of Travelers Rest, SC.  This photo was taken in Travelers Rest.  And to paraphrase Arlo Guthrie – ‘this train had the disappearing’ railroad blues.’

I titled the image “Time Tunnel” not only because the old rails in a sense look back in time, but because of the unusual way trimming and growth had created a tunnel shape in the trees which led to the single tree in its fall colors.  A full version of my photo, “Time Tunnel” can be found in my gallery here.


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