Photo Submission by Velar Grant on Jul 31, 2012 - 16:07
About the Shot
Chernobyl Exclusion Zone,May 2012. Yanov Station. On the way out of Pripyat, roughly half a kilometer west of the 'Bridge of Death' is Yanov railway station. Access to this area has to be granted by special permission of the ChernobylInterinform. Yanov station was the vital passenger pickup point for those arriving by train into Pripyat in the hours after the CNPP explosion.My guide explained to me that people who arrived here during this time were moved directly from the trains onto buses and sent right back out of the area for safety. Yanov is an interesting area to explore on foot. Entry to the station building is now sealed off and used for storage, but the railway lines and what's left of the platform are still accessible. There are many train cars still sitting around on and off the tracks, and most in a very bad way. Some are extremely rusty and even too dangerous to enter. Also, along the sides of the tracks are lots of large (and strange) metal debris similar to that found near the unfinished cooling towers of CNPP. Besides all the obvious hazards were several snakes slithering around my feet.