Blue Mound to LeRoy Jct., 34.2 miles was abandoned in 1934. The line from Blue Mound to Mound City (12.5 miles) was abandoned in 1934.
LeRoy Jct. N.-LeRoy Jct. W.-Madison 30.1 miles was abandoned in 1941. Pleasanton to Mound City was abandoned in 1949.
Blue Mound depot is located just south of the old elevator location, used for storage for many years, Mound City depot is in a park in Mound City and looks great.
I don't know exactly when it was abandoned, but this line runs through our property outside Colony. The old track is still there (the dike, not the tracks themselves). The pillar bases, lots of railroad spikes, various bits of metal track debris, and a few pieces of I guess the track itself still exist in the creek and stream beds where they fell after the bridges were collapsed in. All rusted over now of course and mostly buried by mud and silt. My great grandfather chopped the bridges up (there were at least 3 on our farm crossing the creek and a couple streams) to use for firewood at some point after the line was abandoned.
The Missouri Pacific ran around the north end of Colony,,,the Santa Fe ran thru the westside of Colony where the bike trail is located,,,just south of Colony, the Santa Fe had a branch that ran southwest to Yates Center. I am not sure of the direction that you were describing from Colony,,,you might want to check out the historic maps available online for Anderson and Allen Counties. The Missouri Pacific was abandoned in 1934.
Well, looking at a map, it had to be the Missouri Pacific. Our farm is a few miles east of Colony then a couple miles north and the tracks run east/west through our property.
All the "old-timers" from the area always told my dad that this line was the Katy Railroad. I'll have to tell him it was actually the Missouri Pacific.
This line was called the Interstate Railroad Company. The Interstate Railroad Company, in July, 1890, consolidated with another Kansas corporation known as the St. Louis & Emporia Railroad Company, the consolidated company being designated as the Interstate Railway Company. Subsequently, in December, 1890, by authority of a statute of Kansas, the Interstate Railway Company and eleven other Kansas railway corporations were consolidated, the consolidated company being designated as the Kansas & Colorado Pacific Railway Company. All the equipment used in operating the roads covered by the leases is owned by the Missouri Pacific Railway Company.
I just discovered that the one-time depot for the MoPac that once stood in Lone Elm, Kansas (the stop between Colony and Kincaid) is still standing. It was moved to Garnett, where today, it is a beauty shop near Anderson County Hospital.
The MKT Depot from Centerville is also in Garnett. I have found pictures on line, been remodeled and well kept.
I just published a short historical novel about, not an abandoned railroad, but an abandoned town situated on the Missouri Pacific Railroad about five miles south of Butler, MO. It's called ATHOL or The Saga of the Athol Game Lodge and Hotel. You would be surprised what went on in Athol during the Teddy Roosevelt times (all documented) from 1906-1918. Available on Amazon Books in color and pictures. I'm also looking for very special train stories and abandoned rail lines for possible development using the covered bridge theme. I want beautiful scenery, history, a brook or small stream and access to civilization.
My ex father in law lives about a mile from the Monteith Junction. Back in the 80's I walked the area and found some ruins of the cattle pens that once existed. My dad and grandpa shipped cattle the last time in 1928, traveling in the caboose from Blue Mound via Butler and on to Kansas City west bottoms. Cattle were watered at Monteith Junction.
https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/216/262/case.html interesting court case about this line from 1909,,,,U.S. Supreme Court
Missouri Pacific Ry. Co. v. Kansas
I have been able to trace (plot) the line on Google Earth. How can it be added.