Abandoned electric trainline turned into long, narrow amusement-park

Spanish group Basurama have converted an abandoned electric trainline in Lima, Peru, into a very long, very narrow, very cool amusement park:

The Ghost Train park features amazing bright colors and games made with recycled materials such as car tires, a canopy line, swings and climbing structures. All free of charge for kids, young people, and adults.

As a group, Basurama has been working with the subject of trash for more than ten years, generating spaces and installations that make us reflect about what we throw away.

They've worked in several cities of Latin America, including Buenos Aires and Cordoba (Argentina), Montevideo (Uruguay), and Mexico city (Mexico), among others.

Ruins of Electric Train Turned into Terribly Cool Amusement Park in Lima (Photos) (Thanks, @timdifford)


    1. Maybe, but I to effective, the barrier would probably have to be a little taller than human height, at the lowest. It would make using the park like being in a trough, and the motorists wouldn’t get to look at it, either. Maybe 3-foot-high plexiglass?

      1. That would actually be pretty awesome, if it were a few yards wider, you could just build up, say, 4-foot hills on the sides and it would divert a lot of the noise.

        Anyway, awesome repurpose, but it’s sad that they got so close to done with it and quit, looks like other sections are much more finished.

  1. That rail line isn’t just abandoned, it was never finished in the first place.

    If this was in the USA, there would be orange mushrooms on the hundreds of exposed rebar ends. On second thought, there would be a chain-link fence with razor wire around it.

  2. A wonderul re-tasking. Could almost be from a book, you know, by that guy who wrote “Makers”.

    Lovely how palindromic life can be.

  3. Something else is going on there, as those towers look like the ventilation shafts from underground parking garages. Does the subway run under there?

    Also – Basurama is a play on the Spanish word “basura” which is “garbage” in English.

  4. I used to drive past this coming home from work a couple of years ago. It’s great to see it changed in such a positive way. Lima has lots of small parks, but very few of them have anything for kids to play on.

    Also, the exposed rebar is such a common sight throughout Lima. Houses and other structures are never “finished”…the exposed rebar shows hope of the future expansions. :)

  5. Cool stuff! Reminds me of the old (1960s?) Larry Niven short story “Cloak Of Anarchy”, wherein the US highways had been obsoleted (by teleporter booths, IIRC) and their rights-of-way converted into long narrow parks.

  6. For the Spanish-impaired, “basura” means garbage or trash. The Basurama site (“Trash festival”) looks awesome.

  7. Would have made a lot more sense to finish the rail line and turn the automobile lanes into parks.
    Oh, well…

  8. Looks dangerous. How long until someone sues because their kid fell off the half-finished skyway and breaks their neck?

  9. There’s an abandoned old steam engine line here in Toronto that was turned into a very long, thin park: The Beltway Park. Nothing fancy like this though – just some treed parkland with a path through it.

  10. The Highline Park in New York is very similar. They turned an abandoned elevated train track into a park. It doesn’t have toys and games for children, so far as I know, but I’ve heard it’s a nice place for a walk.

  11. I’m used to “linear parks” along railway/aquaduct/etc. rights of way being used for hiking and/or biking trails; this is an interesting variation upon that theme.

    Reminds me of the Trailside Zoo where the Appalachian Trail passes through Bear Mountain Park in NY; through-hikers get a brief introduction to the local wildlife before heading back into the woods to continue their trek.

  12. It is very similar to highline park, except that the highline is elevated. It’s really quite gorgeous, actually.

  13. Here is basurama speaking, and first of all, we want to thank you all for the nice reviews, the comments and the references!

    Appart from that, we have to say that:

    1 – only adults were allowed on top of the abandoned train line. The core of the action was happening under the train line, taking advantage of the available upper levels: The train line to hang the zip-line, the swings and other games, the columns to hang the swings, etc. The abandoned line was opened to the (adult) public, in order to let the neighbours visit that stolen space, but only for a weekend, since we didn’t have any permission from any of the authorities to re-open it. The rest of the amusements were left on site until it happened what is told in number 4 of this list.

    2 – there was a fence. the pictures were taken before it was built. anyway, you have to know that most of the lima public space is fenced, and we wanted to arrange a free space, that was not only accessible but also looked like accessible. The fence, because of that, was rather thin and very colourful, but still though enough to prevent kids from being thrown into the traffic.

    3 – it is very important to note that the project was implemented along with an amount of local artists. Basurama was only the “director” of the project, but it was esentially a local project.
    They were:
    Christians Luna (visual artist http://www.christiansluna.blogspot.com)
    la Sandra Nakamura (visual artist http://www.sandranak.blogspot.com)
    Camila Bustamante (graphic designer now based in Amsterdam http://www.lima2427.pe),
    El Cartón (architecture students collectivo htttp://www.elcarton.org),
    El grupo C.H.O.L.O. (social artivists), http://xxxcholoxxx.blogspot.com/
    Playstationvagon (urban artists) http://valentino-radiochu.blogspot.com/
    El Codo (urban artists) http://waarte.blogspot.com/
    the collective Motivando Corazones.

    Big respect for them all.

    4 – the amusements were put down last week, when the workers decided to restart the 25-year-abandoned train line works .
    they are looking for a new location, probably in Ventanilla, one of the poorest areas in Callao, Perú.

    5 – last but not least
    you can check much more information about the project contents and context in
    there is a link to a picasa gallery in that adress http://picasaweb.google.es/infobasurama/RUSLimaAutoParqueDeDiversiones#

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