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Of all of the creative adaptive reuse architecture in the world, these converted churches are some of the strangest things most patrons have probably ever seen – a combination of a conventional symbol of modern transportation with an age-old religious institution is anything but a natural structural fit or obvious redesign choice.

converted church train car

convert church train

In some cases, these conversions involve a fast-and-simple facade that bear the traditional symbols and materials of a church front but give way to an anything-but-ordinary religious space within.

converted church train

While they may seem desolate and distant in some cases they are clearly at times at the center of active religious communities who perhaps cannot afford to build a brand-new structure.

converted church trains

It is clear that though the trappings of typical religious buildings can be added to these unused train cars there is no way to easily convert them to their new purpose entirely without showing many signs of their previous lives.

converted wood church train

Nonetheless, some of the results are surprisingly convincing when they involve camouflaging the building and blending materials like wood with old rusted paint jobs and putting up fences to mask the appearance of the structure from a distance. (Examples from EnglishRussia).