When a railroad becomes defunct, what happens to the tracks and stations left over? All too often, they are abandoned to overgrowth and rot. However, in a few special cases, the community takes the railroad structures and turns them into a unique new public space, fit for the enjoyment of all. Here are a few of those unique converted railroads.
1. High Line – New York, New York (above)
New York’s High Line is an elevated public park built atop a historic freight railway, running in a 1.45 mile long stretch above the streets of New York City. It’s home to over 150 native plant species, as well as lofty views and peaceful greenery.
Photo Credit: Iwan Bann, High Line Park