Vienna to Thebes


Map submitted by Mike Fromholt.

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 line to Thebes actually split off from the main south of Cypress Il. what was called the Joppa Junction. At that junction you could either run west to Thebes or continue southeast to the terminus at Joppa Il. The line from Joppa Junction to Thebes was removed in the early 1980's. The line from West Vienna to Joppa was removed in the 1990's. All trains now share the BNSF trackage that ran east of the old Joppa line.

Bart Hileman
Jonesboro, IL


As late as the 1960's, the C&EI ran a "Chaffee Turn" that ran from Salem IL to Chaffee MO. The train ran over the MOPAC across the Thebes bridge to Chaffee. Chaffee was a junction between the MOPAC and FRISCO to points southwest. The C&EI provided that some traffic east of St. Louis could bypass the city and interchange with the mentioned RR's at Chaffee. The post merger upgrading of the Benton IL-Gorham IL connection for Chicago-Texas traffic, made this line obsolete.

Brent L Staulcup
Metropolis, IL


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