We Walked to Jerusalem on 'One of the Most Beautiful Train Routes in the World'

30 years after it was built, the old railroad track to Jerusalem stands deserted. We took the chance to hike along it

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Tracks on the old rail line to Jerusalem.
Tracks on the old rail line to Jerusalem.
Moshe Gilad
Moshe Gilad

Two parallel metal tracks wind along the scenic bends of the Sorek and Refaim small rivers, sketching shapes into the landscape. Total quiet prevails along the path of the old railroad to Jerusalem. The last train came through here two years ago.

Most of the route, which is now 130 years old, is far removed from any highways. The wadis – river beds that have water only part of the year – are still green. Occasionally, you can see red and yellow wildflowers by the tracks. The thickets of plant growth make it difficult to see very far.

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