Photos: Abandoned Rail Cars in Addison, Texas on 35mm Film

Light leak in a photo of graffiti on an abandoned rail car
Graffiti on an abandoned rail car in Addison, Texas

One day while driving through Addison, I noticed on the side of the road a stationary rail car through some thick tall shrubs. I parked my car and got out to investigate. I was surprised to see two rows of 6-10 abandoned rails cars parked side by side on rail road tracks right in the middle of the city. I didn’t have my camera with me but I thought I need to go back and do some urban exploration of them.

I ended up passing by them several times, for months, if not for over a year. I recently bought a Nikon FM2 35mm camera. I thought photographing the rail cars would be a fun thing to do with the camera. This was one my first times shooting film since I’ve been into photography. I bought a roll of black and white film and a roll of color film to do the urbex.

It was really interesting and fun walking around the rail cars as I was taking photos. For the color roll I shot with Kodak Portra 400. I focused on capturing the graffiti, the variance in color of the cars, and some of the area around them. My color photos ended getting some light leak which turned out to be pretty cool looking on some of the photos. With the black and white roll, I photographed with Kodak T-MAX 400 film. I focused on the details and texture of the cars. I also captured evidence of people living in a couple of the rail cars.

Color Kodak Portra 400

Urban exploring an abandoned rail cars in Addison, Texas
Rail cars in Addison
Rail cars in Addison
A small plant growing between two rows of abandoned rail cars
A small plant growing between two rows of abandoned rail cars
Urbex an abandoned rail car in Addison, Texas
Graffiti on an abandoned rail car in Addison, Texas
Urbex an abandoned rail car in Addison, Texas
Urban exploring an abandoned rail cars in Addison, Texas
Graffiti on an abandoned rail car in Addison, Texas

Black and White Kodak T-MAX 400 Film

Graffiti on an abandoned rail car in Addison, Texas
An abandoned rail car in Addison, Texas
An abandoned rail car in Addison, Texas
Urbex an abandoned rail car in Addison, Texas
Urbex an abandoned rail car in Addison, Texas
Open Both Doors Before Loading & Unloading
Open Both Doors Before Loading & Unloading
A 7-11 Coffee cup in an abandoned rail cars
A 7-11 Coffee cup in an abandoned rail cars
Graffiti on an abandoned rail car in Addison, Texas
Sandals in an abandoned rail cars
Sandals in an abandoned rail cars
Urban exploring an abandoned rail cars in Addison, Texas
A bed in an abandoned rail cars
A bed in an abandoned rail car
Urban exploring an abandoned rail car in Addison, Texas

Update: I went back to visit the rail cars again several months later and they were gone.

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