March 17th, 2014

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Miranda Castle

The castle was built in 1866 by the English architect Milner under commission from the Liedekerke-Beaufort family, who had left their previous home, Vêves Castle, during the French Revolution. Their descendants remained in occupation until World War II, when it was taken over by the National Railway Company of Belgium as an orphanage. It remained a facility for the use of children until 1980. It has stood empty since 1991. Although the municipality of Celles has offered to take it over, the family has refused, and the enormous building is now (as of 2011) in a derelict state. The building is planned for demolition during 2014.

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Abandoned Railway Station in Barnawartha, Victoria, Australia

Hello! I come here bearing photos of Barnawartha Railway Station, which is located in the north east of Victoria (Australia). Although the station has been abandoned and unused for quite some time, it is apparently about to experience a new life as something arty. Thank goodness for that, because it's completely gorgeous.

My parents randomly decided to take me here on a recent visit and if I'd known they were going to do this, I would have packed my proper camera. There's probably a lesson in here: ALWAYS take your best camera with you if there's an off chance you may end up in the grounds of an abandoned railway station.

As we pulled up, a modern train sped through the station, providing an interesting counterpoint:

Train Passing

Station & Shed

Station Front

Side Door

The prickly pear was going absolutely crazy on the old platform.

Prickly Pear


Wrought Iron Detail

I love the old fireplace in here, but I'm pretty sure it belongs to the missing chimney, so there won't be much going on with that.

Through the Window

From the Door

Here's a photo of the station back when it was still running (courtesy of Museum Victoria):

Barnawartha Station

I completely failed to take any photos of the capstan that I assume was used for loading the freight trains, but that just gives me an excuse to go back one day with a better camera, doesn't it?