The Oatblock - An Abandoned Railroad Building

The Oatblock – An Abandoned Railroad Building

Along the winding James River and centrally located in Lynchburg, Virginia’s downtown district you can find the collapsing ruins of this building. It stands across from Jefferson Street; near the James River Heritage trail.

The Oatblock - An Abandoned Railroad Building

The oatblock was a Northern and Western control tower. Filled with panels and switch boards all of which have no power and have been cut on the first floor.

The basement was blocked and access was not able to be gained.

The second floor however, was able to be entered by shimming up some pipes on the back side of the building. A wooden door hung partially open and a quick climb gave way to a lovely view down the rail tracks.

The Oatblock - An Abandoned Railroad Building

Dead bird bones were on the floor. Busted out seats with bent metal frames and bits of ceiling were scattered on the decaying wooden boards. The windows still had green roller shades that partially remained; probably not able to be unfurled. Green vines and nature have begun to come from the back of the building, encasing it slowly.

Three metal radiators whose skins were flaking lined the walls. The interior brick has been abashed by all weather conditions and were covered in a fine powder of exposure.

The Oatblock - An Abandoned Railroad Building

An old GE (General Electric) rust covered light switch.

The Oatblock - An Abandoned Railroad Building

The Oatblock - An Abandoned Railroad Building

You can find the Oatblock with theses coordinates. 37.413005, -79.136810.

The Oatblock - An Abandoned Railroad Building

Photographs taken by and copyright to Abandoned Playgrounds.

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