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Disused Cambridge Railway, Milton Road, Cambridge - 28th October 2005

Nosher and Dan from Qualcomm Cambridge take a couple of lunch breaks to explore the disused railway track that crosses Milton Road, on the outskirts of Cambridge. The first trip heads west for a fairly short trip, whilst the second goes off in the "uncharted" direction - the way that no-one actually uses - to see what's there. Naturally enough, it's much less trafficked than the other part of the track, and at one point has a three-metrefence cutting across it. However, this has been modified with additional "access" in the form of three missing slats, allowing entry beyond. The remainder of the much-overgrown track-bed leads to a large derelict shunting yard. There are no signs of any remaining structures, but all the tracks are still in place; the sleepers slowly rot away whilst the tracks slowly oxidise to rust and everywhere grass, scrub and trees reclaim the area. However, there is also a large clearing where it looks like local "Gary Boyz" (Kevins or Trevs as they might have been known in the 80s) have somehow sneaked cars in, razzed them around a bit and then finally set fire to them: at least six or seven wrecked and scorched cars litter the area. On our return, we pass through an industrial estate - the epitome of bleak, soul-less modern existence - and visit Ridgeon's DIY so Dan can look at plumbing. The old railway track is now the (mis)Guided Bus that runs between Huntingon/St. Ives and the new Cambridge North railway station

next album: Jen's Hallowe'en Party and Sazzle's Leaving Do, Mission Road, Diss - 28th October 2005
previous album: The 28th Norwich Beer Festival, St. Andrew's Hall, Norwich - 26th October 2005

2005 This sign doesn't sever much purpose anymore

This sign doesn't sever much purpose anymore

2005 Abandoned tracks in the weeds

Abandoned tracks in the weeds

2005 A discarded 486 blade server motherboard

A discarded 486 blade server motherboard

2005 Dan stands where the tracks cross a path

Dan stands where the tracks cross a path

2005 The end of the line

The end of the line

2005 Dan roams around in organic shop Daily Bread

Dan roams around in organic shop Daily Bread

2005 Dan heads off back to Milton Road

Dan heads off back to Milton Road

2005 Where the tracks cross Milton Road

Where the tracks cross Milton Road

2005 Cambridge Business Park (a.k.a. the Cowley Road Police State)

Cambridge Business Park (a.k.a. the Cowley Road Police State)

2005 The next week, we head off in the other direction

The next week, we head off in the other direction

2005 Some broken electrical thing

Some broken electrical thing

2005 The back of Matrix House - Qualcomm's office

The back of Matrix House - Qualcomm's office

2005 The railway line, whilst mostly obscured by foliage, is still completely in place

The railway line, whilst mostly obscured by foliage, is still completely in place

2005 An abandonned bed and a heap of rubbish. Nice.

An abandonned bed and a heap of rubbish. Nice.

2005 Stan climbs a hill after we sneak through the hole in the Iron Fence

Stan climbs a hill after we sneak through the hole in the Iron Fence

2005 A contrast between hi-tech buildings of the Business Park (background) and wrecked cars

A contrast between hi-tech buildings of the Business Park (background) and wrecked cars

2005 Dan roams around amongst the wrecked cars

Dan roams around amongst the wrecked cars

2005 A couple of burnt-out cars

A couple of burnt-out cars

2005 Implausibly, someone has torched a Vauxhall Astra. The Austin Maestro next to it is understandable

Implausibly, someone has torched a Vauxhall Astra. The Austin Maestro next to it is understandable

2005 Inside the torched Maestro

Inside the torched Maestro

2005 Wrecked Mark 2 Astra

Wrecked Mark 2 Astra

2005 The MAestro again

The MAestro again

2005 Crossing tracks

Crossing tracks

2005 Dan in the wasteland

Dan in the wasteland

2005 An aggregate storage site

An aggregate storage site

2005 The back of the Business Park

The back of the Business Park

2005 More heaps of rusted metal

More heaps of rusted metal

2005 Some discarded doors

Some discarded doors

2005 Another burned-out car

Another burned-out car

2005 The tyre has long-since burnt off and eroded away, but the steel reinforcement wire from its tread survives

The tyre has long-since burnt off and eroded away, but the steel reinforcement wire from its tread survives

2005 Drainage pipes in Ridgeons

Drainage pipes in Ridgeons

2005 Bottles of gas in a cage on an industrial estate. Mundane, but colourful

Bottles of gas in a cage on an industrial estate. Mundane, but colourful

2005 Dan walks through the underpass that, er,  underpasses the old railway

Dan walks through the underpass that, er, underpasses the old railway

2005 A stack of scaffold poles on the back of a builder's lorry near Checkpoint Charlie, Cowley Road

A stack of scaffold poles on the back of a builder's lorry near Checkpoint Charlie, Cowley Road

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This sign doesn't sever much purpose anymore