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The Demolition of the Bacon Factory, Ipswich, Suffolk - 20th February 2013

The no-man's-land inbetween railway tracks and the rest of the normal world is something of a perennial favourite: big old-school engineering mixed with rust, gentle decay and seedy dereliction - a strange limbo zone which provides something of a window into the soul of a country. Thus, the twice-a-week commute in and out of London provides an occasional diversion where the passing of time is marked, over the weeks, by the coming and going of graffiti or the occasional violent destruction of a trackside building (currently the old Marconi building in Chelmsford and here with the old bacon factory on the outskirts of Ipswich). It's also where a simmering under-the-radar war is waged between graffiti taggers and The Man, especially along the tracks between Bethnal Green and Liverpool Street Station, where the brick walls were all sprayed a uniform dark brown just before the outbreak of the Olympics, and where new spots of silver-sprayed graffiti are re-appearing like the tentative first flowers of spring.

next album: An Anti-Fascist March, Mill Road, Cambridge - 23rd February 2013
previous album: Music at Amandines and a High Lodge Bike Ride, Diss and Brandon - 17th February 2013

2013 The bed for a new railway line is constructed

The bed for a new railway line is constructed

2013 The old bacon factory

The old bacon factory

2013 A tangle of metal outside the derelict factory

A tangle of metal outside the derelict factory

2013 A pneumatic hammer gets to work

A pneumatic hammer gets to work

2013 The old factory is demolished

The old factory is demolished

2013 More digger action

More digger action

2013 Another large pile of tangled metal

Another large pile of tangled metal

2013 Other random dereliction near Hadleigh Road

Other random dereliction near Hadleigh Road

2013 Loads of cable reels in the Ipswich Goods Yard

Loads of cable reels in the Ipswich Goods Yard

2013 The London Road bridge

The London Road bridge

2013 An American-style Class 70 loco, 70001

An American-style Class 70 loco, 70001

2013 One of loads of Class 66 'Sheds' around the goods yard

One of loads of Class 66 'Sheds' around the goods yard

2013 Class 90 90044, from the late 80s, in Freightliner livery

Class 90 90044, from the late 80s, in Freightliner livery

2013 Budleia grows over everything at Bethnal Green

Budleia grows over everything at Bethnal Green

2013 A view over Bethnal Green

A view over Bethnal Green

2013 Outline graffiti on a bridge

Outline graffiti on a bridge

2013 Rails set in wooden sleepers

Rails set in wooden sleepers

2013 Rails reflected in the side of the train

Rails reflected in the side of the train

2013 The old Truman pub by the side of the railway

The old Truman pub by the side of the railway

2013 A side street near Liverpool Street

A side street near Liverpool Street

2013 City of Paranoia, by Hack Doktor

City of Paranoia, by Hack Doktor

2013 More silver graffiti

More silver graffiti

2013 The train passes through the tunnels

The train passes through the tunnels

2013 There's a nice sunset, from the Stuston S bends

There's a nice sunset, from the Stuston S bends

2013 Some knob has dumped a load of tiles

Some knob has dumped a load of tiles

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The bed for a new railway line is constructed