I have been after a visit to a junkyard, where cars are piled and scavenged for parts. A while ago Jude told me that he found a junkyard where they would allow people to go in and take junkyard photographs. Apparently, many such yards do not allow anyone in for liability concerns. Yesterday we took off for the junkyard up in northern Rhode Island. When we arrived I was looking for some signs of junk and cars but we were in a residential neighborhood and there was no hint of a junkyard from the street. But as Jude drove up the driveway I started seeing cars in ill repair, although it is probably improper to call them “in ill-repair”. They were beyond repair and were there simply for parts and possibly scrap metal. We proceeded to the office and paid for admission, very reasonable I might add.
As we stepped out from the other side of the office which is their chop shop, a huge vista of junk cars appeared for as long as I could see. Near the office and the chop shop was a long row of trailer containers used for storage. Each had shelves built-in, storing a countless number of parts for numerous make and model cars. Each carried a tag and most, maybe all had some numbers written directly on the parts. A small forklift truck was carrying parts to these storage bins like a bee going after the pollen, darting in this container, then the next, …
We strolled around for about two hours and photographed whatever struck our fancy. Although all the vehicles there were broken in one way or another, some made me think of the driver and the passengers in them as the vehicle was contorted into a strange form most likely after an accident. Later I saw their flat-bed towing vehicle with a sign on the side confirmed my suspicion: “Last Call After Alcohol“. Sad!
In this post, I will show you photographs that establish the lay of the land and give you an idea about the scope of the place. In all likelihood, we will make another trip there one day as the potential is great. The weather yesterday was heavily overcast with gray skies, it even sprinkled on occasion but not enough to prevent us from taking photographs. Stay tuned for other photographs; but now, here is the junkyard we visited.