The New Mexico Central Railway

Corona to Kennedy, NM

This abandoned railway line started in 1903 as the Santa Fe Central Railroad, and by 1908, it was owned by the New Mexico Central Railway. The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad acquired the line in 1926, and then abandoned it in pieces over the next 20 years.

Corona to Willard: This line served as a connection at Torrance, NM from the old New Mexico Central line to the Rock Island line (still intact) off US54 and the Torrance County Road C016/CO13 (about 10 miles north of Corona, NM). This abandoned grade goes west from Torrance (easily visible from the road and in aerial photos) and eventually makes a turn to the northwest and intersect State Road #42 about 10 miles SE of Cedarvale, NM. From there the grade went into Willard, NM (about 30 miles to the northwest). State Road #42 follows the old rail alignment from Cedarvale but there is not much remaining evidence.

ICC Filings Section
Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway
Docket: 6475 8/8/1927 Section: 1
Application of Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway and New Mexico Central Railway for certificate authorizing the abandonment of parts of the railroad of the New Mexico Central Railway in Torrance and Santa Fe Counties, New Mex., a total length of 57.8 miles.
Length: 57.8 miles 9 Citation: 145 ICC 241
Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway
Docket: 12191 10/12/1938 Section: 1
App. of Mexico Central Railway for authority to abandon a line of railroad being the property of New Mexico Central Railway and being operated under lease as the Estanoa District by the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway extending from Moriarty to Kennedy in Santa Fe and Torrance Counties, New Mexico, being approximately 30.63 miles.
Length: 30.63 miles 42 Citation: 233 ICC 147
Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway
Docket: 13831 7/13/1942 Section: 1
Application of New Mexico Central Railway Company for abandonment of railroad from Moriarty, Torrance County, to Stanley, Santa Fe County, New Mexico, a distance of approx. 11.60 miles.
Length: 11.6 miles 56 Citation: 254 ICC 805
Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway
New Mexico Central Railway
Docket: AB-52 7/17/1972 Section: 1(18)
App. of New Mexico Central Railway Co. for auth. to aband. a line of rr in Torrance County, N.Mex., from MP 0 near Willard to MP 27*5052 ft, at Calvert, approx 28 ft.
Length: 27.96 miles 132
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