March 26th, 2008

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Abandoned Places – SoCal Abandoned Trip #2 – The Salton Sea

The North Shore Yacht Club – Outside

Back in January, eightwednesday and I gathered a group of the SoCal Abandoned folks together and visited one of the most amazing abandonments in the region – the communities fading away along the edges of The Salton Sea. Due to more than a few reasons, our party was smaller than anticipated but very motivated. For example, I drove an hour and half just to pick up one person and then two more hours to get to the meet up site for the group.

The North Shore Yacht Club

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I Searched The Word "Paulinskill" To Make Sure I Was Spelling It Right And A Wikipedia Entry Came Up That Gave A Short History About It...
So That Saves Me A Lot Of Time Haha.

*It Doesn't Mention It, But The Viaduct Has Been Abandoned Since The 1960's.
Also, Most All Of The Fences That Were Put Up Have Been Knocked Down.

Anyway,Here's The Story, Grabbed Right From Wikipedia,

"The Paulinskill Viaduct, also known as the Hainesburg Viaduct, is a railroad bridge which crosses the Paulins Kill in Knowlton Township, New Jersey.

As of 2007, it is still in existence, although the tracks were removed back in 1984. Built by the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad and completed in 1910, it was the largest reinforced concrete structure in the world and served the Lackawanna Cutoff, which was opened on Christmas Eve, 1911. It was surpassed in size by another Lackawanna Railroad bridge, the Tunkhannock Viaduct, in 1915. Amongst non-railfans, the Paulinskill Viaduct is known for its internal chambers (used to inspect the structural integrity of the bridge), which are popular among adventure-minded people. Within the past few years, the State of New Jersey has installed fencing and "No Trespassing" signs around the viaduct. New Jersey Transit is in the planning stages for restoration of Scranton/Hoboken commuter service along the Cut-Off.

The Delaware River Viaduct, a sister bridge of similar design but smaller dimension (further west on the Lackawanna Cut-Off) can be observed crossing over Interstate 80 on the New Jersey side of the river just south of the Delaware Water Gap at the New Jersey/Pennsylvania border"

On To The Pics :)

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Haunted Mansion in Ireland ;)

So this photo is of a house beside where I live in Northern Ireland. It is called Raineys, which was built in the 1700s for the linen industry in the wee rural village that I live in.


Raineys is a haunted mansion, which has alot of history too. I absolutely love taking photographs up at Raineys, although I am not brave enough to go up there on my own in fear of seeing the ghost of the man who lived there! And just for a wee bit of background information on the supposed ghost seen there by numerous people in my village: (approximately 200 live in my village) he is said to be riding on a horse in a black cloak with his hood up. He never speaks and is always in a hurry.

Two years back I actually done a photography assignment up at Raineys, and I had to take some close-up photography shots because it was on my brief. Anyway, can you imagine my horror when I developed this print in the darkroom, after reversing the positive to a negative version...... I captured what I believe and all the locals in my village believes is the ghost of the linen baron...
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