The Shadow at the End of the Tunnel

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This project was undertaken between 2007 and 2008 in Carlisle England. The project developed organically as I was walking around the city taking pictures. There were so many things that I was noticing and I wanted to know more about them. I had always known that Carlisle has a railway heritage and part of the industrial nature of the city, it’s growth and decline came from the railways.

The Carlisle’s first station opened in 1836 at London Road by the Newcastle and Carlisle Railway. The development of the railway in Carlisle grew chaotically as each new company had to deal with the companies that had already placed roots in the city.
The railways took over many of the canal and road routes that traditionally carried freight and passenger trains soon followed and were centralized with the creation of the citadel station.
The fall of the rail industry in the city was due to the nature of freight moving off the rails onto the roads and a switch from wagon loaded trains to block trains and containers. Doom was written in the beaching cuts that removed many of the branch lines extending from Carlisle.

As I took pictures and found buildings I began to document not through urban discovery but taking landscapes that showed the shadow that still hung over the city.

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