Abandoned Vehicles

by Francis Parker January. 08, 2020 105 views

Just like abandoned buildings, abandoned vehicles peak my interest and gets me wondering what the story behind them is. So many are well onto private property that are not easy to shoot. Others are simply left by the roadside - These are the ones that seem the most interesting.

I am left wondering why they were simply left in the middle of nowhere and who did they belong to. I don't think many of our newer vehicles would stand up to the elements the way some of these have.

Not an abandoned car or truck, but an old caboose. This is west of the town of Longview, Alberta. There is no evidence of a railway in the area and the only track is the section that the caboose sits on. It is maybe 100m off the road. On this particular day it was raining and not easy to get closer. I hope to get back and reshoot it another day.

This one is not far from where I live and parked just inside the fence line. There are no obvious signs of any buildings ever being close by. It looks like it was just driven through the ditch onto the property.

It kind of has the look of a Bonnie and Clyde shot up vehicle. The metal is rusted but still remarkably solid.

This is a shot of the interior of the previous image. It is perhaps a little over processed as HDR, but I liked the look of it anyway. Time has stripped away anything that wasn't metal.

This one was a little closer to a home so it may have just been parked after its useful life was done. Still, parked in field near the roadway, I wonder if it just broke down one day and simply left there. Like the others, the metal still looks pretty solid although the paint has long disappeared.

This beauty was left right at the edge of an approach road to a property. Wheels and motor are gone. Most of these vehicles seem to be from around the same era.

More of the paint seems to have survived on this one and looks like a dark green or blue originally.

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Eiram Marie 1 month, 1 week ago

Interesting post, great photos!

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Francis Parker Replied to Eiram Marie 1 month, 1 week ago

Thanks for the comment and for having a look.

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Diana Varey 1 month, 1 week ago

Wonderful photos! I have the same interest in abandoned structures or cars (or anything rusting).

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Francis Parker Replied to Diana Varey 1 month, 1 week ago

Thanks Diana, they are great subjects to shoot and I'm glad you also enjoy them. Nothing like finding an old building, car, or tractor sitting out in the field.

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Bethany Plonski 1 month, 1 week ago

Your photos definitely inspire a sense of wonder about how each vehicle got to be where it is! #1 reminded me of a hike in Whistler where there is an old abandoned train in the woods. It came off the tracks and some of the cars nearly fell in the river, so it was a little more obvious why it was abandoned, but still a fun thing to explore and photograph!

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Francis Parker Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 month, 1 week ago

It definitely does, I always leave wondering about the circumstances and the people. The Whistler one sounds really interesting and worth checking out. Thanks!

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