Martin, Kentucky

The Stephens Branch

Point of Interest

Map submitted by Shaun Allen.

GOOGLE MAPS no longer available: With apologies, I am unable to continue showing Google Maps. Google has forced my hand by increasing their map usage fee from nothing/free to OVER $300 A MONTH for the Abandoned Rails website! This is an expense that I simply cannot afford. Rest assured I am looking at available open source alternatives, so maps should be back online soon!

Greg Harrison

The Stephens Branch was constructed in the 1930s after the Elkhorn and Beaver Valley Rairoad was completed. Its purpose was to serve the Manton and Stephens Coal Company at Manton, KY. The track was 2 miles long and dead ended at Manton ("Marrs"), KY.

The line was abandoned in 2003 or 2004.

There is a story of an engineer that was new and, not stopping in time, backed his train into a pond at the end of the line.

Thanks to Shaun Allen for contributing information about this route.

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