Lost railways

lost linesOne of the saddest reminders of industrial decline must be an abandoned railway. The lifeline for a community or industry has been replaced by rusting machinery, derelict and vandalized buildings. Along Lost Lines is a tribute to a vanished world, mainly focussing on vanished railways: what journeys could have been made in the past and what remains today.

Colin Gifford’s And Gone Forever records the last days of steam railways in Great Britain. He soon realised when taking these superb photographs that he was also recording not just the end of the engines but also a way of life: the sense of community, the squalor and hardship of working class life, a world alien to that of our own.