Detroit River Tunnel

By: catherineross

May 10 2011

Category: Uncategorized


Michigan Central Station, now known as the "abandoned train station" in Detroit was built in 1913 and remained in service until 1988. It is now an iconic mess of broken glass, graffiti and bare-bones infrastructure. It's owned by Matty Maroun, and that's a story in and of itself. The property is quarantined off to the public, including the railway tracks leading to the underground tunnel which travels under the Detroit River to Canada. The tracks are still in use by CP rail which transports quite a bit of commercial product on a daily basis. The entrance to the tunnel was widened within the decade to allow for larger freight cars to enter. There is an initiative going on now to build a second rail tunnel, but it is mired in red tape and lack of funding. That said, we had special permission to enter the property to view the tunnel and tracks, and here is one of the photos I took.


16 comments on “Detroit River Tunnel”

  1. Wouldn’t you love to get the tripod and camera down there in that decaying goodness! Nice composition – you really get the feel of just how much this has been let go!

  2. Love this! I love RR tracks! Thank you for sharing the stories with us as well! I like getting to know about different cities!

  3. Awesome shot! Great grit and detail, i love it!

  4. This is a gorgeous shot Cathy, as you know I am a big fan of railroad tracks so this speaks to me, imagine that, you and I have similar eyes for our surroundings 🙂 I love the detail you brought out in the processing.

  5. I got goosebumps reading your blog today and looking at this awesome photo Cathy! It’s a little spooky; tunnels really fascinate me for some reason…. this is a totally wonderful image, love the textures and details here!

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