Maybe it’s not the safest place on my city, but it’s a quite an interesting location for a walk, and cross the east and west part of Rancagua. It’s also one of my favourite places to capture lomographs!
You have seen it a lot of times in many of my photos. In fact, even one of them won the Latino-American filmswap (With a little help of lovely @eugenia). But for me, it’s a “must” to photograph. Can you imagine all the possibilities that a place full of trains — many of them in bad state of conservation, with very old railways, full of history, full of energy, and maybe full of sadness — can give?
One song says that “trains going to die alone”. I think so too.
The abandoned railway station is located in the west side of the historical downtown of Rancagua. Like all the railways in Chile, it is a part of the development of the country, and in this case, of the minery, one of the most important natural resources in Chile.
It holds many interesting histories, mainly from the past century, where trains were the way to travel across this land. And over time, and the arrival of new trains, old locomotives and old train station “Rancagua” were forgotten.
Many people believe that the ancient railway station is extremely dangerous; it can be since the metro train and the southern train are still working. You can find trains going and coming everywhere. Also, you can find a lot of garbage, alley dogs, and in some cases, you could find delinquents. I would not recommend that you go for a lomowalk after 8PM in winter, or 9PM in summer as it can be a little bit risky.
I’ve never been there with friends. So, for me it’s a “SoLocation”. In some cases, i’ve been there with my son. Now, it’s autumn in the south hemisphere, it’s a perfect time to get a walk there, especially at the sunset. And also, in cloudy/rainy days it’s such a melancholic place, with a strong charming.
I love this place. I love abandoned trains too. The railway story is in my family, so i guess this could be the reason why this place works as a magnetic field for me. And, probably you will see many times this place, in my photograps, obviously.