Claire City to Grenville

Point of Interest

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

(Forwarded from the Sunflour Railroad)

The Fairmont and Veblen Railway was chartered in 1913 and built a railway line between Fairmont, North Dakota, southward to Rosholt, South Dakota, then westward to Veblen that same year. The following year, the line was extended southward to Grenville.

The Minneapolis, Saint Paul and Sault Ste Marie Railway, known as the Soo Line Railroad, purchased the line in 1915 and continued operations over it.

In 1971, the Soo Line abandoned the end portion of the line between Veblen and Grenville. Then, in 2000, the Soo Line submitted for abandonment the new end portion of the line between Rosholt and Veblen. Before approval, however, the Sunflour Railroad purchased that section of the line; the section between Claire City and Veblen was abandoned in 2012.

STB Filings and Decisions

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Interesting about the abandonment is that the rail was actually removed years before the paperwork was filed to do so. I have pictures going back 10 years that show the line was already torn up.

David Voeltz
Pierre, SD


We, Kerslake Construction Co., pulled up the Veblen-Grenville line in 1972. Found a rail at the end-of-line that was rolled in 1868! Still have a piece of it.

Wayne Kerslake
Sioux Falls, SD


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