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Abandonment of the Week

Columbus, OH to Ridgeville, IN

States: Indiana, Ohio      Railroads: PRR, CR, PC, CP&I, PCC&StL   

This abandoned route has historical information.This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated pictures.
Railroad of the Week
Picture of the Day

From Toledo to Silica:

Random Picture of the Day

Photo by Aaron M., September 2009.

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STB Filings: 43

Historic ICC Filings: 604

Railroad Companies: 1,333

Pictures: 4,477

Maps: 1,160

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Saturday, October 01, 2016

New Maps:

This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Wellston Subdivision (Dayton to Washington Courthouse)
States: Ohio   Railroads: B&O, CH&D, TD&B   
This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Norton Branch (Norton to Grassy Run)
States: West Virginia   Railroads: B&O   
This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Medina Subdivision (Lake Junction to Lester)
States: Ohio   Railroads: B&O   
This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. Rochester to Charlotte
States: New York   Railroads: B&O, BR&P   
This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. Abandoned Rails of Indiana Harbor
States: Indiana   Railroads: B&O, B&OCT   

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

New History:

This abandoned route has historical information.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Decatur Subdivision (Decatur to Speedway)
States: Illinois, Indiana   Railroads: B&O, CI&W   

New Maps:

This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Elk Branch (Hartland to Clendenin)
States: West Virginia   Railroads: B&O, C&C   

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

New Maps:

This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Sugar Creek Branch (Tylerdale to Lincoln Hill)
States: Pennsylvania   Railroads: B&O, TCRR   
This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. Craigsville to Worthington
States: Pennsylvania   Railroads: B&O, BR&P, A&W   

Sunday, September 25, 2016

New Maps:

This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Renick Branch (Washington Court House to Chillicothe)
States: Ohio   Railroads: B&O, CH&D   
This abandoned route has a map. Crozier Run Junction to Collier
States: Pennsylvania   Railroads: B&O   
This abandoned route has a map. Strum to Bowood
States: Pennsylvania   Railroads: B&O   
This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. Leckrone to S & M Junction
States: Pennsylvania   Railroads: B&O, FM&P   
This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Patterson Creek and Potomac Branch (Patterson Creek to McKenzie)
States: Maryland, West Virginia   Railroads: B&O   
This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Silver Lake Branch (Silver Lake Junction to Perry)
States: New York   Railroads: B&O, R&S, BR&P   

Saturday, September 24, 2016

New History:

This abandoned route has historical information.This abandoned route has a map. The South Manchester Railroad (Manchester, Connecticut)
States: Connecticut   Railroads: SMRR   

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

New History:

This abandoned route has historical information.This abandoned route has a map. Ash Fork to Prescott
States: Arizona   Railroads: AT&SF, CA&SF, SFP&P   

Monday, September 19, 2016

New Maps:

This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Fairmont Branch (Fairmont to Moundsville)
States: West Virginia   Railroads: B&O   

Sunday, September 18, 2016

New Maps:

This abandoned route has a map. The West Virginia Northern Railroad (Kingwood Junction to Tunnelton)
States: West Virginia   Railroads: WVNRR   
This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Morgantown and Kingwood Railroad (Morgantown to Rowlesburg)
States: West Virginia   Railroads: B&O, M&K   

Friday, September 16, 2016

New Picture(s):

This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated pictures. Bridgehampton to Sag Harbor
States: New York   Railroads: LIRR   
This abandoned route is a featured route. Traces of the Quanah, Acme & Pacific Railway (Quanah to Floydada)
States: Texas   Railroads: QA&P, ARR&N   

New Maps:

This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Brookdale Branch (Rock Island Junction to Brookdale)
States: Illinois   Railroads: B&O, B&OCT   
This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Buckeystown Branch (Keller to Buckeystown)
States: Maryland   Railroads: B&O   

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

New Maps:

This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Lost Creek Branch (Lost Creek to Rider)
States: West Virginia   Railroads: B&O, WV&P   
This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Somerset Mining Branch (Hooversville, Pennsylvania)
States: Pennsylvania   Railroads: B&O   
This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Jerome Branch (Hollsopple to Jerome)
States: Pennsylvania   Railroads: B&O   
This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Astor Branch (Flemington to Galloway)
States: West Virginia   Railroads: B&O   
This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Coalton Branch (Norton to Mabie)
States: West Virginia   Railroads: B&O, C&C   
This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Wilson Creek Branch (Rockwood to Wilson Creek)
States: Pennsylvania   Railroads: B&O   
This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated pictures.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. Abandoned Rails of Baltimore
States: Maryland   Railroads: PRR, B&O, PW&B   

Monday, September 12, 2016

New Maps:

This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. Jackson to Portsmouth
States: Ohio   Railroads: B&O   

Saturday, September 10, 2016

New Picture(s):

This abandoned route has associated pictures.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. Abandoned Rails of Pittsburgh
States: Pennsylvania   Railroads: B&O   

New Maps:

This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. Coal Shaft to Beardstown
States: Illinois   Railroads: B&O   
This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. Abandoned Rails of Marietta
States: Ohio   Railroads: B&O   
This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. Abandoned Rails of McKeesport
States: Pennsylvania   Railroads: B&O   
This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. Ironton Junction to Jackson
States: Ohio   Railroads: B&O   
This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. Byers Junction to Coalton
States: Ohio   Railroads: B&O, CH&D   
This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Buckeye Branch (Wellston to Buffer Run)
States: Ohio   Railroads: B&O, CH&D   
This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Carbondale Branch (Mineral to Carbondale)
States: Ohio   Railroads: B&O   
This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The B&S Subdivision (East DuBois to Sinnemahoning)
States: Pennsylvania   Railroads: B&O, B&S   
This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Ohio River Branch (Guyandotte to Kenova)
States: West Virginia   Railroads: B&O   
This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Ravenswood, Spencer & Gilmer Railroad (Ravenswood to Spencer)
States: West Virginia   Railroads: B&O, RS&G   
This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Newburg Branch (Willow to Newburg)
States: Ohio   Railroads: B&O   
This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. Millwood to Ripley
States: West Virginia   Railroads: B&O   
This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Hillsboro Branch (BN Junction to Hillsboro)
States: Ohio   Railroads: B&O   
This abandoned route has historical information.This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Boswell Branch (Quemahoning Junction to Coal Junction)
States: Pennsylvania   Railroads: B&O, QBRR   
This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Beechtree Branch (Lane's Mill to Coal Glen)
States: Pennsylvania   Railroads: B&O, BR&P   
This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Adamsburg Branch (Adamsburg Junction to Edna)
States: Pennsylvania   Railroads: B&O   

Friday, September 09, 2016

Updated Maps:

This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. Abandoned Rails of Homer City
States: Pennsylvania   Railroads: B&O, BR&P   

New Picture(s):

This abandoned route has associated pictures.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Saint Clairsville and Northern Railway (Barton to Saint Clairsville)
States: Ohio   Railroads: B&O, StC&N   

New Maps:

This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. Echo to Margaret
States: Pennsylvania   Railroads: B&O, R&P, BR&P, A&W, RVRR   
This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Rowlesburg and Southern Railroad (Rowlesburg to Erwin)
States: West Virginia   Railroads: B&O, R&S   
This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. McWhorter to Orlando
States: West Virginia   Railroads: B&O, WV&P   
This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Springfield and Southwestern Railway (Springfield to Curran)
States: Illinois   Railroads: B&O, S&S, CS&StL   

Thursday, September 08, 2016

New Maps:

This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Eastern Ohio Branch (Lore City to Cumberland)
States: Ohio   Railroads: B&O   

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

New Maps:

This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. Mount Jewett to Kushequa
States: Pennsylvania   Railroads: B&O, MJK&R   

Monday, September 05, 2016

New Maps:

This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. Queen Junction to West Pittsburg
States: Pennsylvania   Railroads: B&O, BR&P, P&W, WARR, A&W   
This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Coal and Coke Branch (Midvale to Adrian Junction)
States: West Virginia   Railroads: B&O   

Sunday, September 04, 2016

New Maps:

This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Belington Branch (Harding to Belington)
States: West Virginia   Railroads: B&O   

Saturday, September 03, 2016

New Picture(s):

This abandoned route has historical information.This abandoned route has associated pictures. The Hamilton and Kingston Railroad (Hamilton Junction to Kingston)
States: Missouri   Railroads: H&K, HH&K   

New Maps:

This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. White's Creek Junction to Hi-Point
States: Maryland, Pennsylvania   Railroads: B&O   
This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Kregar Extension (Kregar, Pennsylvania)
States: Pennsylvania   Railroads: B&O, ICVRR   
This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Mill Run Branch (Mill Run Junction to Mill Run)
States: Pennsylvania   Railroads: B&O, ICVRR   
This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Huff Run Branch (Mineral City to Lindentree)
States: Ohio   Railroads: B&O   
This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Cleveland Terminal and Valley Branch (Mineral City to Valley Junction)
States: Ohio   Railroads: B&O   

Recent Comments

Tim Moriarty commented on Newington to Fort Belvoir : Here's an article that appeared in the March 5, 1982 edition of the Alexandria Gazette. The author died in 2003. Fort Belvoir's "Littlest Railroad" Raymond A. Gallagher Unbeknownst to many hereabout, there exists not far from Alexandria probably the…
About 3 hours ago

Greg Harrison commented on Wilmington to Morrow : I'm unable to reconcile the ICC filing seen above for this line, docket AB 19 Sub 47F, for the Baltimore & Ohio. The line described therein appears as a former Pennsylvania RR line in my maps. So not sure what is going on with this particular ICC filing…
Earlier today

george oakley commented on Frederick, MD to Hanover, PA : Thanks Dustin for your information.Always useful.
Earlier today

Tim Moriarty commented on Newington to Fort Belvoir : During a past BRAC (2005?), when there were numerous transfers of missions and personnel from one location to another, Fort Belvoir's population was being significantly expanded. There was some talk of extending the DC Metro to the post, and a map in the…
Earlier today

Tim Moriarty commented on Frederick, MD to Hanover, PA : Dustin: My initial thought at North Stone Road was that no rails were there; however, after I parked my car and climbed up the embankment, I surprised myself by finding rails still in place beneath a heavy layer of vines and brush. The vegetation was…
Earlier today

Dave Cox commented on The Original Tunnel Through the Cascades : The official abandonment was 1935 when the salvage crews came in and took everything of value. The new line opened in 1929 when the first official train rolled through the tunnel (despite technical difficulties with condensation shutting down one of the…
Yesterday

Sam commented on Forest Park to Ingalton : I'm a conductor with the UP outta Chicago and grew up in villa park not far from ovaltine factory. I was born in 77 and clearly remember having to wait with my father(still a conductor today ex cnw guy) to cross the tracks near Pioneer garden and feed…
Yesterday

Cheryl commented on The Ludington Northern Railroad : Apparently the first owner of our house, at 112 N. Emily St. James L. Murray, had a son, Colonel Max S. Murray who worked as a conductor for three years on this train. He graduated from West Point Military in 1911, so it likely would have been before…
Yesterday

Logan Frey commented on Abandoned Rails of Lake Charles : The line that the connector tracks connect the UP main to is now owned and operated by Port Rail Lake Charles.
3 days ago

cade spencer commented on Strathmore to Hollis : anyone ever seen a train here?
3 days ago

cade spencer commented on Strathmore to Hollis : anyone ever seen a train here?
3 days ago

Bill Edrington commented on East Alton to Hillsboro : Jim Arnett - I have meant to get in touch with you for some time regarding the Big Four "Old Line" between Hillsboro and Lenox, IL. You indicated previously that you had worked the line and that you have photos of various points between Hillsboro and…
3 days ago

Alexi Lauto commented on The Original Tunnel Through the Cascades : When was this abandoned?
4 days ago

Alexi Lauto commented on Gardiner Junction to Gardiner : This locomotive may not refer to this specific railroad. Maybe it was another railroad with this name, but there was a consolidation, No.680, which is currently at the V & T railroad line, now dubbed the Robert C. Grey.
4 days ago

Don Miller commented on Fort Scott to Topeka : Please correct - first Steel rails laid 1886.
4 days ago

JohnSB commented on Browns, IL to Poseyville, IN : Sandra, which way was the train going, north/south, or east/west? The Illinois Central had a line running north/south that went through Browns, and the Southern Railway had a line that went east/west. It's hard to say what train would be going through…
4 days ago

v deza commented on The Creve Coeur Branch : lake in the quarry was named Perry in a map I once saw- ballas and ladue. it is a shallow lake by Westchester subdivision.Also, at the old weber school building now the govt center, down the hill from the playground is concrete remains of a train station
4 days ago

george oakley commented on The Ellsworth Branch : Thanks George for the information.Worth checking out.
4 days ago

george oakley commented on The Coal Lick Run Branch : Thanks Mike for the information.It still would be nice to check around the area though.
4 days ago

Joshua Long commented on Mount Jewett to Kushequa : The Line where it ends is actually the main line for the Kushequa RR, most likely joined on at Westline. now it's a dirt rd underneath and in the path of the Kinzua Skywalk.
6 days ago

Joshua Long commented on The Dunkirk, Allegheny Valley & Pittsburgh Railroad : I thought I saw a crossover near Torpedo PA, correction I don't know. For Ron Pele, can you share the route of the Fieldmore Springs Branch before the junction and where is exactly the junction with the OCT.
6 days ago

Joshua Long commented on The Dunkirk, Allegheny Valley & Pittsburgh Railroad : A Further analysis from Google earth the line makes a crossover near Torpedo, PA. I don't know anything about Torpedo's Rail history. To you, Ron Mele what was the route of the Fieldmore Springs Branch followed before the junction?
6 days ago

Mike Shipley commented on The Coal Lick Run Branch : My grandparents purchased the superintendents house for Continental Mine #2 which was served by the Coal Lick Branch. I spent many summers there as a child. The mine was closed by then and the line was mostly inactive. I remember a train coming a couple…
6 days ago

Zach commented on The Cape Girardeau Northern Railroad : Patrick - is there any chance you could forward me the link as well? zach@gobblerridge.com
6 days ago

Paul Hamby commented on The Hannibal and Saint Joseph Railroad : Looking for pictures of depots. Trains or logos of the Hannibal st joe RR. Call or text 816. 632. 06 02
6 days ago

PAUL A. DILLON commented on The New Portage Railroad : Are you aware of a railroad tower named MS located near the muleshoe curve. My dad who was a block operator would be called to man that tower when the new portage line would be utilized during wrecks on the main line. I've been down there hiking but…
6 days ago

Sandra Frye commented on Browns, IL to Poseyville, IN : Does anyone have a picture of the train that ran through Browns in 1950s? As a child I visited my grandparents in Browns and I recall hearing the train whistle at night. I wonder which train and how close to Browns it ran.
6 days ago

Mike Stevens commented on Traces of the Quanah, Acme & Pacific Railway : Such a wonderful piece of Texas history. I recently took the drive on 104 from paducah to quanah. I am very glad I did as much of the right of way is still visible. I hope that neither human and/or nature cause this wonderful piece of history to disappear.
6 days ago

Mike Stephens commented on Chillicothe to Sweetwater : Though most of the tracks have been pulled up the right of way is very much visible from the road. I have traveled this road a few times in the past and there are still bridges over the creek beds and the concrete columns on the brazos river are still…
6 days ago

Paul Boivin commented on The Portsmouth and Dover Railroad : Does anyone have any info on the old trolleys that ran from South Berwick to Kittery and up the coast to Saco? If so please E-mail me paulboivin1124@yahoo.com
7 days ago

Al Parmelly commented on Manchester to Geneva : From the time I first ran trains on the Lehigh Valley, the work between Geneva and Manchester was mostly collecting spare cars to use on other parts of the system. I alway remember running into hobos that would walk around big yards to escape the…
9 days ago

George commented on The Ellsworth Branch : At your point of interest, 1339, that line heads off and met up with the Pittsburgh Industrial railroad at Charters Creek. There are still bridge abutments and other infrastructure in place. You can actually follow the right of way on the map. Not sure…
9 days ago