Archive for August 19th, 2010

Railway Infrastructure: The Rot

Saw this while riding along a rail-trail route west of Philadelphia. Evidently they left the catenary support structures standing over the trail to carry the (still energized!) power lines, but the I-beams webs across the trail have rusted completely through.

Rusted railway catenary support

Rusted railway catenary support

Verily, rust never sleeps… I wonder if they ran diesel locomotives along this part of the line?

The beams across the active railway seem to be in fine shape.