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During the nineteen sixties the railways of Britain went through a period of considerable shrinkage, branchlines were closed and much traffic was lost to road transport. This left a rather large surplus of old wagons, many of them were sold off very cheaply with their steel underframes and wheels recycled their bodies ended up dotted about the countryside in use as storage for farmers. Slowly though they are disappearing as wood rots, steel rusts and the roofs fall in.

This lonely example is to be found on top of Arkengarthdale Moor in North Yorkshire, a lonely spot home to sheep, grouse and curlew and a few hardy hill farmers. It has been patched by replacing the roof with a modern corrugated material (the original would have been wooden with a painted canvas top. The fabric of the wagon is starting to disintegrate and I would guess in a few years time, this, like many of it's brothers will have returned to the earth.

Nothing much done to the photograph, a bit of cropping to lose most of the overcast and uninteresting sky, shrunk for TE, sharpened and framed.

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