Abandoned Rails

Thousands of miles of railroads have been abandoned in the United States, much of it in the last 40 years. All of these abandoned railways have a history and a story. This web site is dedicated to the preservation of the history of each of these former railroad lines and the companies that operated them.

Start viewing abandoned railways by clicking on a state in the U.S. map below.

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Or, you can see abandoned railroad routes of a particular railroad company:

Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe
The Santa Fe
Baltimore & Ohio
Baltimore & Ohio
Chicago & Northwestern
Chicago & North Western
Erie Lackawanna
Erie Lackawanna
Illinois Central
Illinois Central
Pennsylvania Railroad
Pennsylvania Railroad
Seaboard Air Line
Seaboard Air Line
Seaboard Coast Line
Seaboard Coast Line
Southern Pacific
Southern Pacific
Southern Railway
Southern Railway
Union Pacific
Union Pacific
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There are currently 1,664 abandonments featured, along with 1,366 railroads.
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