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Abandonment of the Week

Blanchard to Mayville

States: North Dakota      Railroads: CBRR, GN, BN, NP   

This abandoned route has historical information.This abandoned route has a map.
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Picture of the Day

From The Elm Industrial Lead:

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The storage of round hay bales is now a function of parts of the right-of-way, as seen here. Photo by Howard E. Espravnik, December 2008.

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

New Maps:

This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Murphy Branch (Nampa to Murphy)
States: Idaho   Railroads: UP, OSL, BN&O   
This abandoned route has a map. Boettcher to Buckeye
States: Colorado   Railroads: UP   
This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Ripple Branch (Ripple to Orcutt)
States: Colorado   Railroads: UP   
This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. Fairmont to Helvey
States: Nebraska   Railroads: UP, CB&Q   

Friday, June 23, 2017

New Maps:

This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Idado-Northern Branch (Cascade to McCall)
States: Idaho   Railroads: UP, OSL   
This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Saratoga and Encampment Valley Railroad (Walcott to Encampment)
States: Wyoming   Railroads: UP, S&EV   

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

New Maps:

This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Shaniko Branch (Biggs Junction to Shaniko)
States: Oregon   Railroads: UP, O-WR&N   
This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Pleasant Valley Branch (Cloverly to Purcell)
States: Colorado   Railroads: UP   
This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Greeley Branch (Greeley Junction to Briggsdale)
States: Colorado   Railroads: UP   

Monday, June 19, 2017

New History:

This abandoned route has historical information.This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Paris Branch (Montpelier to Paris)
States: Idaho   Railroads: UP, OSL   

New Maps:

This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Fillmore Branch (Delta to Fillmore)
States: Utah   Railroads: UP, LA&SL   
This abandoned route has a map. The Salt Lake and Mercur Railroad (Fairfield to Mercur)
States: Utah   Railroads: SL&M   
This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Fairfield Branch (Lehi to Boulter)
States: Utah   Railroads: UP, LA&SL, SL&W   

Sunday, June 18, 2017

New Maps:

This abandoned route has historical information.This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated pictures.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Rialto Branch (Riverside to Rialto)
States: California   Railroads: UP, PE, LA&SL   
This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Grass Creek Branch (Grass Creek Junction to Grass Creek Mine)
States: Utah   Railroads: UP, E&PC   
This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. Dayton to Turner
States: Washington   Railroads: UP, BN, NP, O-WR&N   
This abandoned route has historical information.This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Magnolia Branch (Sandyville to Magnolia)
States: Ohio   Railroads: B&O   
This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Sutton Subdivision (Gassaway to Sutton)
States: West Virginia   Railroads: B&O, C&C, ELKR   

Saturday, June 17, 2017

New History:

This abandoned route has historical information.This abandoned route has a map. The Marble Hill Power Plant Spur (Nabb to Marble Hill)
States: Indiana   Railroads: B&O   

New Maps:

This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Monongahela Subdivision (Haywood to Clarksburg)
States: West Virginia   Railroads: B&O, MRRR   
This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Cleveland Terminal and Valley Branch (Sandyville to Valley Junction)
States: Ohio   Railroads: B&O   
This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Louisville Subdivision (Charlestown to North Vernon)
States: Indiana   Railroads: B&O   
This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Highlandtown Branch (Highlandtown, Baltimore, MD)
States: Maryland   Railroads: B&O   
This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. Abandoned Rails of Cleveland
States: Ohio   Railroads: B&O   

Monday, June 12, 2017

New Maps:

This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. Killarm Junction to Killarm
States: West Virginia   Railroads: B&O   

Recent Comments

Adam Brooks commented on The New Castle Branch : Check out Wayne A. Cole's books, Ghost Rails. They have detailed maps and descriptions of all the lines that ran through Western PA and Eastern OH.
Yesterday

Jsohua J Long commented on The New Castle Branch : It would be nice if someone tried to map the Sharpsville RR, I was able to follow it as far as New Salem... where does it go from there?
Yesterday

Mark Huntsman commented on Gallatin, TN to Scottsville, KY : The Allen County Historical Society is raising funds to return one of the last two locomotives to serve Scottsville and Allen County. We have Tshirts with the L&N logo on the front and a train schedule of the Gallatin-Scottsville Branch on the back with…
Yesterday

Andy Sinatra commented on Abandoned Rails of Toms River : Joan, the tracks are the border of Berkeley and Toms River Townships; the worst sections of road are on the TR side. The mayors ought to get together on this Andy (ex-HCW).
Yesterday

Andy Watts commented on The Redondo Beach Branch : I am always interested in my local history, especially railways. I come from a railway family in York, UK, so my Dad was always keeping an eye out for all-things trains! I now live in Manhattan Beach and was wondering if you'd be interested in a few…
Yesterday

Robert Benkelman commented on Jamestown to Gowanda : I went through there, first time in years. According to a map, the stretch to Salamanca have been converted to trails. My thought is they are banking the unused portion and they are waiting for federal funds to rehab. Using track to store equipment/…
2 days ago

Joan Hussey commented on Abandoned Rails of Toms River : Why can't something be done? Can't the metal signs be recycled? All of the roads leading into Holiday City are a disgrace. We travel over every crossing almost daily, there is no way around them. Someone should look into this.
2 days ago

Michael Patrick King commented on The Fallbrook Branch : When I Googled "Santa Fe Fallbrook", I was hoping to see a photo of the venerable old EMD-F locomotive that carried me, my brother and sister, and our father to Fallbrook on its maiden trip. It was a new engine, you see. It was named "Fallbrook", and…
2 days ago

Scott Chaapel commented on The Waynesboro Branch : I was born in Waynesboro in 1958. My parents owned a house that from the back yard I could see a railroad tressel I think made of steel. Unfortunately I don't remember what road we lived on, seemed kind of busy. It was like on a hill and I would look…
3 days ago

Ed Miller commented on Jamestown to Gowanda : I spent 3 months with family in area last year. The tracks between Conewango Valley and Cherry Creek are being used to store railroad cars. Between Conewango Valley and Waterboro the rails have large trees growing up between the rails. The work in…
3 days ago

Greg commented on Ludowici to Collins : Wonder why someone does make a bike/hiking trail out of the old railbeds, Rails to Trails.. When we lived in central Florida there was several Rails to Trails with paved trails for bikes and hikers.
4 days ago

Fran Pallesen commented on The Sierra Nevada Branch : Question: What water was the bridge over, and approximately how high was the bridge? Also, what period of time was the railroad functional over this bridge? Thank you so much for your response.
4 days ago

Robert Benkelman commented on The New York, Ontario and Western Railroad : I remember reading an article about the O&W its last days in Railroad magazine. It's demise was a combination of several factors: the decrease in coal hauling, reduction in freight traffic, and the automobile. With the emerging auto/ trucks doomed this…
4 days ago

Robert Benkelman commented on The New York, Ontario and Western Railroad : I remember reading an article about the O&W its last days in Railroad magazine. It's demise was a combination of several factors: the decrease in coal hauling, reduction in freight traffic, and the automobile. With the emerging auto/ trucks doomed this…
4 days ago

Robert Benkelman commented on Jamestown to Gowanda : I was down there recently and the tracks are active up to South Dayton. It appears some rehab work was done up around Kennedy. I believe that they are trying to put these tracks back in action.
4 days ago

Eric Zerkle commented on Bradford, OH to Indianapolis, IN : The once double tracked mainline between Indianapolis and Centerville was abandoned in 1981/82 and the tracks removed in the summer of 1982. The portion between Richmond and centerville was removed in 1993.
5 days ago

Andy Davidson commented on Riceboro to Kingsland : While living in Kingsland, GA approx. 1966, I was in the cub scouts and we took a SAL train from Kingsland to Waverly. I remember the conductor telling us there was a hobo killed by a train and was buried at the South end of the Woodbine rail bridge. As…
7 days ago

Lee commented on Anaheim to Santa Ana : Used to live on Custer Street near this line. There were wig wag signals where the tracks crossed Washington Street and where they crossed Civic Center Drive. The wig wag on CC Drive was a lower quadrant wig wag, so we would push the counterweight on the…
7 days ago

David Earp commented on The Highlandtown Branch : If this is the same branch I'm thinking it is, it used to serve the Esskay meat packing plant on E. Baltimore St. I remember back in the 1970s that Esskay would receive an occasional boxcar. Not sure what it was for...perhaps an empty to ship animal…
8 days ago

Gary Carlson commented on The Providence, Warren and Bristol Railroad : When i lived in Fall River and Rehoboth Ma. i remember as a youngster and a young adult traveling over the Slades ferry. The trolley rails were gone already which my mother rode on in the early years when we loved riding in car on the steel grates always…
10 days ago

Andy Olson commented on Phalanx Station to Minerva : Oh, and the original depot still survives in Newton Falls, adjacent to the old covered bridge over the East Branch of the Mahoning River, just southwest of the bridge. I'm interested in Newton Falls because I married a girl from there, and have spent…
11 days ago

Andy Olson commented on Phalanx Station to Minerva : I recently completed a RR book (Forging the Bee Line RR, 1848-1889), the latter half of which dealt with the story of the Atlantic & Great Western RR (which became the Erie RR). It crossed the LEA&W in Braceville OH. In my research, I found a wonderful…
11 days ago

Patrick Miller commented on Academy Junction to Bowie : I am looking for any information on the Maryland and Rutland Railroad. My dad'said friend at church found a retirement certificate from this railroad but we can not find any info on this railroad. He already contacted the Library of Congress they have no…
12 days ago

Brian commented on The Algonac Transit Authority : My understanding is C.C. purchased the old interurban right of way, they did not build it. I believe it was purchased some time in the late 30s, the track had been abandoned since 1930. Good article here on this.…
13 days ago

Greg J commented on Chicago to Northbrook : @De.... from the NTW parking lot on Happ Rd, you're only a pitching wedge away. The old ROW is impossible to miss and there's a bike trail about 100' south of the parking lot that crosses it. What's much more difficult to find is the old, original CNW…
14 days ago

De commented on Chicago to Northbrook : If I understand correctly, a person could walk from New Trier High School in Winnetka to the railroad? If so, how long would the walk be and in which direction would one go? I've never been in the area, so specifics are appreciated. Are the portions of…
15 days ago

Carolyn commented on The Monterey Branch : Peter Lewis, you beat me to it! I've been tracing the tracks from Castroville to PG and taking pix of the abandoned tracks, but this morning I came upon this page and see you've already done it! Never mind, I had fun doing it and some of our pix are…
15 days ago

Jsohua J Long commented on Bradford to Mount Jewett : Just wanted to reach the one person, Jason Sider of Pleasantville because I've looked at a terrain map of his area and found a possible railroad grade heading south and following the West Pithole Creek
15 days ago

george oakley commented on The Ligonier Valley Railroad : Thanks for the information,Evan.Always good to hear from someone who knows the rail line we are talking about.
16 days ago

Lance commented on The Rogue River Valley Railway : The Jacksonville RR has no relation to the present and farther north White City line that serves the WW ll Camp White area off UP at Tolo.
16 days ago

Lance commented on The Rogue River Valley Railway : The Pacific and Easterns western end and depot was in Medford at the east end of the Main Street bridge, not Jacksonville.
16 days ago

Israel commented on Coleman to Auburndale : Reply to Sara: Why do you have to be so angry? The opinions of others are simply what they are: Opinions. They are in no way meant to harm you nor to cause you any rage from what I can see. Look, you have every right to object against anything, but…
16 days ago