There used to be train tracks running near here. Mostly because there used to be grain elevators there. It was much handier, because we could drive from the field to the elevator instead of driving home and unloading, only to reload the trucks weeks, or months later and haul it much farther to town. But somehow it became economically impractical to have all these elevators in every little town, so they built larger terminals in larger centres. Which helps to ruin the roads with all the truck traffic, instead of hauling lots more with fewer trains. I digress.
Years ago they tore down the elevators and tore up the tracks. But the rail bed is still there, running across the prairie. Even the lines in the grass are still there from where the rails lay. In fact, in some places, there are still piles of perfectly good ties lying beside rail bed. Perhaps one day they though they would rebuild these lines and use them again. For now, they just remind us of what used to be there.