Imagine an old train hauling uphill on those tracks, some 100 years ago...
A wooden hiking trail mounted over the old RR tracks, 6km route to Jerusalem old station.
Railroad Park is an urban green-lung going through the German-Colony district, a former Templar's settlement from the 19th century in Jerusalem. Nowadays, one of the most beautiful neighbourhoods in the city.
Completed in 1892, an idea to connect Jaffa and Jerusalem with a train was first raised in the middle of the 19th century by Dr. Conrad Schick, Moses Montefiore and others. The franchise for laying the railway was obtained from the Ottoman government and given a franchise to a French company. This track was operative until 7/1998, than transformed into this walk-way park. Many new villas and houses built along since. (source Wikipedia).
Location on map: 31.7629, 35.2213
*** Note that there were several German–Templar's colonies in Israel: in Tel-Aviv, Haifa, Zichron-Ya'akov, Jerusalem, Bethlehem of Galilee and Waldheim (now Alonei Abba) . source Wikipedia.
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ourania (33901) 2014-05-26 11:39
both your picture and your note are very interesting, I didn't know anything about the German Colony and its district. Lots of fresh green tones against the bright blue sky make this urban view very pleasant. The paved alleys and the various structures in light grey are surely attractive and form our impression of this neat and quiet neighbourhood. Superb perspective and clarity, agreeable sunshine and strong colours make your presentation very natural and vivid. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
Royaldevon (31489) 2014-05-26 12:15
We learn so much on TE!
I am so glad that you were able to include figures in your photograph for they bring the whole scene to life and prevent it from being only a lovely viewpoint with an excellent sense of perspective.
The clarity and the light are excellent.
My warm regards,
pierrefonds (58486) 2014-05-26 12:41
The length of the sidewalk and of the bicycle path is giving depth and perspective to the composition. The point of view is showing the détails and the colors of the trees. The good luminosity is enhancing the colors. Have a nice dya.
photoray (12876) 2014-05-26 16:07
Interesting use of railroad right of way with placement of wood sidewalk. I believe the rail and cross ties were removed first?
In California we have a mixture of retaining old rail right of way for commuter and freight trains, while some of the old classical routes are gone, or only a small section remains for tourist trains, like the one in Jamestown which runs a remaining short line with classical steam trains. This line has been used in many movies and tv shows. Perhaps the most famous was High Noon starring Gary Cooper. I was fortunate while working for California Transportation to help restore part of the train track which badly needed improvements.
Thanks for sharing,
rychem (25438) 2014-05-26 22:46
Nice photo of this interesting place, very nice perspectiveof this long way, technically perfect photo and informative note
dip (23684) 2014-05-27 1:50
interesting to read in your note,and to see in your nice shot,about the German-Colony district,
thanks for sharing,
snunney (86762) 2014-05-27 2:58
It looks a very pleasant place to live and your photograph shows it beautifully. The strip of grass running down the middle creates a feeling of immense depth. Light and colours are both very attractive and sharpness excellent.
jhm (141523) 2014-05-27 4:41
These railway and the lanterns, do my think an other old histories long time ago.
Nevertheless a wonderful environment with nice houses and yet a lot green.
Excellent composition, nice presentation too.
And very clear of colours, pleasant to look at.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
Cricri (109071) 2014-05-27 5:01
Une note intéressante pour bien comprendre la transformation de cet endroit, bonne lumière et profondeur
chez moi la ville de Liège dans le temps il t avait des tram, il les on enlevée...et maintenant ils refont les tranchée pour en remettre!!!! allez comprendre ????
kato (11630) 2014-05-27 7:53
You're capturing well this place by a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see Railroad Park developed by the marks of the RR track. Nowadays, here seems to upper-class residential area, and it's also impressive in the lawn and trees with the lush green.
Nicou (125600) 2014-05-27 8:28
Quelle perspective et vue superbe ce rectangle de gazon vert les route et le ponton de bois sueprbe ensemble et compo.
Bravo et amitié
cornejo (33580) 2014-05-27 11:21
Hello Ike, nice view of this beautiful park with a lot of depth of field, very well composed and captured in this beautiful picture. An interesting image of a nice place, good sharpness, depth, light, color and quality. Nice good job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this interesting work.
Good night and happy week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
Silvio1953 (126137) 2014-05-27 22:23
Ciao Ike, great perspective on lovely place, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful mcolors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
lousat (79421) 2014-05-28 2:15
Hi Ike,i an see perfectly the road of the train 100 years ago,now transformed in a pedestrian walk,nice capture,very rich and made with the usual excellent qualiy.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
Miguel82 (25149) 2014-05-28 11:15
I appreciate the urban planning in that part quarter of Jerusalem Ike, the lawns and trees are perfectly maintained, a cycle pathway on the right side, good light utilisation, excellent dof and pov, good afternoon
RhodieIke (11742) 2014-05-28 22:04
Interesting and pleasant photo of this area German -Colony in Jerusalem.
A well informed note about the old railway line connecting the two.
Great Pov, and well managed, amazing the things we learn on TE.
PiotrF (10082) 2014-05-29 10:25
Very interesting notes! This is great view of this long way. Nice composition, colour and presentation be superb
Very well done
fabbs99 (16783) 2014-05-29 12:37
Beautiful shot German colony.Nice colors of the grass and sharpness in the image with excellent morning lights.Excellent POV.TFS.
fritzi007 (7212) 2014-05-29 14:06
a photo with high quality and very good comment, congratulate!
jcpix (13722) 2014-05-29 16:37
Have I lost my mind, or did you not have a more recent picture up today? No matter, I'm just as happy to comment on this one. :) Such amazing history in your country, and your pictures are a great reminder of a storied past. Good use of the old railroad tracks...or where they lie anyway, the wooden pathway is a pleasant, modern day feature here that retains that link to the past. A bright, sunny day has helped produce vibrant colors in the natural landscape, and the converging perspective takes us off a fun journey through this stretch of town. Beautiful and informative, well done! Enjoy the new day. Take care.
delpeoples (53877) 2014-05-30 20:59
Ciao dear Ike
It's amazing that such a quiet, respectable looking neighbourhood can have played host to such exciting people and times as the Knight's Templar! My imagination is running wild at the historically significant things these streets would have seen. Your note is very interesting and is a good accompaniment to this pleasant photo.
Warmest wishes and a happy weekend to you
mcmtanyel (14655) 2014-06-04 14:40
I've been on the other end of this trail! Saturday morning, we followed your advice and went to the park. As we were walking about, I saw a brown sign that said "First Station" or something to that effect. We followed the sign to the Ottoman train station that was nicely converted to a recreational area. They were still working on one end of it. We followed the walking trail for a while but did not want to get too far from the hotel and turned around. I saw similar scenery but I do not think it was the German Colony, we could not have walked that far. We went back to the station and had beverages under a canopy and watched the people go around and the kids ride their bikes. Thanks to you, we had a lovely Saturday morning!
eldancer1 (29678) 2014-06-10 6:46
Nice to know that there's a German colony in Israel. And people can be very creative, I like the hiking trail over the RR tracks. Good lighting and sharp details. Well done, tfs.
jmdias (57219) 2014-06-29 9:38
a curious view with interesting details. if I understood well they removed the original railway from here and build this street in the place. here in my region there are some towns trying to remove their rails from the central area..
berek (40707) 2014-09-06 7:57
What perspective and view this beautiful green rectangle of grass. i love blue sky and trees . well framed
- Copyright: Ike Harel (ikeharel) (59869)
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- Date Taken: 2014-05-24
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- Date Submitted: 2014-05-26 9:59