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Abandonment of the Week

Framingham to Lowell
(The Framingham and Lowell Railroad)

States: Massachusetts      Railroads: B&M, NYNH&H, CR, F&L, BCF&NB   

This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings.
Railroad of the Week
Picture of the Day

From Mission to Wilsall:

Random Picture of the Day

Another view of the right-of-way, this time looking south, between Clyde Park and the end of the line at Wilsall. Photo by Robert Lauchner, October 2005.

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STB Filings: 43

Historic ICC Filings: 604

Railroad Companies: 1,334

Pictures: 4,479

Maps: 1,165

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August 21, 2016: Long-time fans of this Abandoned Rails website will remember that I took a "sabbatical" of sorts back in 2013, and have not really updated the site since. While my passion for abandoned railroads and their history has never diminished, the time I afford to this website has, sad to say. It was nice to take a break (both physically and emotionally) from this website that is a labor of love, but perhaps it's time to get back in the saddle.

If you've sent me an email in the past couple of years, I apologize for not getting back with you. There are simply too many emails for me to devote my consideration and time to respond. Please know that I do read them.

I can't say that the website will be back to its former pace (wherein I was posting multiple abandonments a week), but hopefully the stirrings within me for this pasttime will be great enough this time for me to continue. We'll see.

Until then, I hope that you keep visiting the site and continue submitting your comments, as you have, to each of the abandoned routes presented herein, and please visit the random abandonment below.

Thanks,

Greg Harrison
Fort Worth, TX
Owner, AbandonedRails.com

This abandoned route has historical information.This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated pictures. The Emmitsburg Railroad (Rocky Ridge to Emmitsburg)
States: Maryland   Railroads: ERR   

Recent Comments

Bill Pollard commented on The Fort Smith, Subiaco and Rock Island Railroad : In response to the question of who was president of the FSS&RI in the early 1930s, the president was I.H. Nakdimen of Fort Smith. Lazare Baker was indeed secretary of the railroad at this time.
Yesterday

Sarah Iwanski commented on The Brewton and Pinora Railroad : The actual spelling of this railway line was the Bruton & Pineora Railway. Bruton changed the spelling of the town to Brewton in 1895. While the railway wasn't incorporated until 1897, the Bruton name continued to be used from its predecessor, the…
Yesterday

david Walt commented on Abandoned Rails of Cleveland : the greatest thing was a train going slow through the town, would grab on , ride ,and jump off as it began to spead up , always hoping you hit with feet running
Yesterday

david Walt commented on Abandoned Rails of Cleveland : the greatest thing was a train going slow through the town, would grab on , ride ,and jump off as it began to spead up , always hoping you hit with feet running
Yesterday

Kent Godwin commented on The Alcolu Railroad : The Reference by Tom Fenter to: Bethel Siding - refers to Bethel Baptist Church located on US Hwy 301, about 4 miles North of the Town of Olanta
2 days ago

Kent Godwin commented on The Alcolu Railroad : In the schedule above - #17 Seloc = Cole's Crossroads spelled backwards!
2 days ago

Larry Lewis Jr commented on The Woodville Branch : Looking online i found online of a photo of the West Feliciana Railroad at Argue, Louisiana. At Argue served by rail was a Gulf Oil fuel distributor. Being i was born in in neighboring Mississippi, I have always had an interest in shortlines of Louisiana…
3 days ago

andrews commented on Citrus Springs to Lacoochee : Describing this section as running to Lacoochee is somewhat misleading, in that it does not in fact go to or through Lacoochee. There is another abandoned line, the Sanford and St Pete (ACL), called by old-timers the ''Goat Road'', that wound its way…
4 days ago

TDO commented on Savage to Lakeville : I've worked in both Savage and Faribault and they have segments that look abandoned but as Mentioned earlier Mn.DOT lists them as U.P. active. People in both cities are hoping for the lines to be used with commuter being the first choice for economic…
5 days ago

Kalan Monks commented on The Midland Valley Railroad : How does one go about adding photos or submitting them to be added? I'm in the Stigler area and could share an interesting one or two.
5 days ago

David Earp commented on The Oklahoma Central Railway : Stacey, I'm glad that aerial site was very helpful to you in your research. It's like an aerial photo time machine the way you can view the same location at different time periods to see how it changed. I've used it to find other rural abandoned lines…
6 days ago

Sylvain commented on Norfolk to Virginia Beach and Munden : I cannot understand why Amtrak will not extend its Northeast Regional until Virginia Beach and electrify it completely from Washington, DC to Virginia Beach so the trains can reach speed of 187 mph or 300 km/h in metric system. Finally, I will see…
6 days ago

Stacey commented on The Oklahoma Central Railway : David, thank you so much for the lead to the aerial maps! It actually was a big help, and the only official mapping I have seen online to trace out where the railroad ran through Blanchard. For the longest time, I didn't think one ever existed through…
6 days ago

Zyreax Playz commented on Elgin, OH to Hammond, IN : Was this the mainline of the shorelived Erie Western Railway? I was reading that their mainline was Eglin, OH to Hammond, IN. If anyone has some information relating to this that would be great!
6 days ago

David Earp commented on The Oklahoma Central Railway : Stacey, I'm not from OK but have some information that might help you a little. Here's a site you can go to for old maps and aerial photos of Blanchard - https://www.historicaerials.com/ Just click on the button "show me some aerials" and type in…
6 days ago

Karl Brand commented on The Chadwick Branch : There was never a roundhouse in Chadwick. The Prairie or gallows style turntable was used for smaller power and the Bull Moose (gas-electric cars), but was retired during the the late teens or early '20's. A wye was build at the north end of town to turn…
6 days ago

Stacey commented on The Oklahoma Central Railway : Does anyone have any information on where the depot was in Blanchard, and if tracks were laid, where the location is? Very fascinated.
7 days ago

george oaklrey commented on The Catawissa Branch : I have a question.I watched a You-Tube video on an abandoned right of way with a tunnel called the Shuman Tunnel.It looks like this right of way hooks into this abandoned rail line.I am not sure but any questions i have on if anyone has heard of this…
7 days ago

george oakley commented on The Alexandria Branch : I have a question if somebody can answer it.I watched a video on You-Tube about a Donahoe Tunnel.Is there a tunnel by that name on this abandoned rail line?Please let me know.Thanks.
7 days ago

Kent Godwin commented on Sumter to Mullins : This would be a great line to re-open as a Light Commuter Rail Line. Since it runs down U.S. Hwy 76, it could be extended to Myrtle Beach. Solar Power would be available for this line for an Electric Train system.
7 days ago

Joshua commented on The Walnut Grove Branch : The original line had rail weight of 75 lb main 112 lb crossing , the information I am looking for is the current rail weight a youtube video had the rail weight on some of the line 90 lb to 115lb rail weight is this for all of the line or just that…
9 days ago

Laurence Connelley commented on The Fort Smith, Subiaco and Rock Island Railroad : Because I am a local historian in Paris Arkansas and I would be very interested in the crate of memorabilia from the Fort Smith, Subiaco an Rock Island Railroad
9 days ago

Tim Moriarty commented on White Plains to Indian Head : Without having a roster of all of the ex-LIRR cars that were at Indian Head, it's hard to be sure if the cars discovered in Columbia, SC, are from the Indian Head Central operation or just part of the larger fleet of ex-LIRR cars that Ken Bitten…
9 days ago

Dan P. commented on Havre De Grace to Conowingo Dam : I Think what separates this line from most others in the area (and infact around the US) is the fact that it does have water views and interesting infrastructure. I have walked this line three different times in my lifetime, twice on the trail and once…
9 days ago

edward douglas commented on Springfield to Dayton : I grew up in western Beavercreek, the old PRR tracks formed the south boundary of our property. My family lived there from 1948 until I675 took our property around 1974 or so. I can remember the old black F7s(?) rolling by and blowing their horns for us.…
10 days ago

Walter Imhof commented on The Saint Louis, Fort Scott and Wichita Railroad : Yeah, the tracks do not pass over 4600th St. just west of the split. There were structures there in the '60's.
10 days ago

Sylvain Lacroix commented on Boscawen to Lebanon : I will see the reconstruction of this former Boston and Maine railroad line from West Lebanon to Boscawen,NH for in the eventuality of a high speed rail link between Montreal to Boston via St. Albans and Burlington,VT to White River Jonction, VT for…
10 days ago

Jackie Angermeier commented on Chagrin Falls and Southern Railroad : Does anyone have any information on the Hiram Station (aka Jeddo Station/ aka Caton PO)? My son is looking for any dates this station was up and running! I know it burned down at the turn of the 20th century.
10 days ago

Jackie Angermeier commented on Chagrin Falls and Southern Railroad : Does anyone have any information on the Hiram Station (aka Jeddo Station/ aka Caton PO)? My son is looking for any dates this station was up and running! I know it burned down at the turn of the 20th century.
10 days ago

Gabriel Meyer commented on The Ennis Spur : The docket number for this abandonment is incorrect. The correct number is 17136. Keep up the good work! Your website is a great resource!
10 days ago

Kelly McClanahan commented on The Saint Louis, Fort Scott and Wichita Railroad : Point 517 -- The Spur that is unknown it was used for appears to have been for an oil field, right about where on the west end it split near the lakes. However, after careful study of quadrangle maps, there is no evidence that it went any further than…
12 days ago

COD commented on The Delaware Line : I'm sorry, I meant to add that Fort Dupont had its own narrow-gauge tram-type railroad used for hauling materials in and out of various artillery emplacements and magazines. It ran out onto a wharf in the Delaware River. I am not sure when it was…
12 days ago