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Abandonment of the Week

Suncook to Center Barnstead
(The Suncook Valley Railroad)

States: New Hampshire      Railroads: B&M, SVRR, SVERR   

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

From Fort Wayne, IN to Findlay, OH:

Random Picture of the Day

What little is left of the old right-of-way facing west at TR 130 just south of the SR 12 intersection in Hancock County. Photo by Bryan Miller, June 2012.

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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 associated ICC filings. Sea Isle City to Stone Harbor
States: New Jersey   Railroads: WJ&S   

Recent Comments

Oscar commented on The Beetox Branch : Looking at Google maps, it looks like it probably went to Limoneria company along Cummings road. You can see a faint dirt trail curve near the plant.
Yesterday

Pat c commented on Lakewood to Winslow Junction : The rails are being installed and ties removed ahead of them down Pasadena rd past mt. Misery rd, Clayton is just beyond the crossing on Pasadena so it looks like it may be coming to pass sooner then later. Let's hope so I think it would be a good idea,…
Yesterday

Delsea Storm commented on Lakewood to Winslow Junction : The abandoned trains in Winslow NJ are on private property. Respect the owner. Do not trespass. You can be arrested and prosecuted.
Yesterday

Michael Laine commented on The Angels Branch : Does anybody have the address of the Sierra Raiload depot at Angels Camp? I can't seem to figure out where the railroad yard ran through town. Thanks
Yesterday

Anon commented on Lakewood to Winslow Junction : These trains are private property. There is a man who owns these trains and it is his business. People trespass and violate the property, and anybody caught in the premise will be arrested. I know of individuals who have faced these consequences, so…
Yesterday

Anon commented on Lakewood to Winslow Junction : These trains are private property. There is a man who owns these trains and it is his business. People trespass and violate the property, and anybody caught in the premise will be arrested. I know of individuals who have faced these consequences, so…
Yesterday

Anon commented on Lakewood to Winslow Junction : These trains are private property. There is a man who owns these trains and it is his business. People trespass and violate the property, and anybody caught in the premise will be arrested. I know of individuals who have faced these consequences, so…
Yesterday

Peter Jelito commented on The West Side Lumber Company Railroad : My posted comments of 5-7-12 refers to a turntable as shown in picture #14. Apparently another picture was added and the turn table is actually shown in view #15
Yesterday

Jan Smith commented on Yates City to Dunfermline : The track from Canton north to Farmington was torn out in 2017. Currently have stacks of ties here and there which too will soon be gone.
Yesterday

Jan Smith commented on Yates City to Dunfermline : The track from Canton north to Farmington was torn out in 2017. Currently have stacks of ties here and there which too will soon be gone.
Yesterday

Tyler Bundy commented on East Peoria to Maroa : I saw one of the last trains on this line from my grandparents backyard. I seem to remember an N&W Geep (GP35?) leading a short train of mostly little white tankcars. They were moving very slowly, rocking down the rickety track. It was the only train I…
Yesterday

Tyler Bundy commented on Cullom to Herscher : When I was last there in 2009, the rails were still in place between Cullom and Kempton, but considered out-of-service and used for car storage. There is a wye out in the field between Cullom and Kempton that once connected to the now-abandoned IC line…
2 days ago

Tyler Bundy commented on Freeport to Centralia : The line is in place through Decatur, IL, as the CN yard is part of this line. At one time, this now-abandoned route was THE main line! How fortunes change. A baggage room from the old IC station is still standing near the Wabash Depot, as well as the IC…
2 days ago

Tyler Bundy commented on Freeport to Centralia : In Decatur, the line is abandoned north of Mound Road, used as a tail track for the north end of the CN Yard. For many years after the line was abandoned elsewhere, the section north of Decatur remained to connect with the (in order of succession)…
2 days ago

Tyler Bundy commented on Freeport to Centralia : Several miles of track extend north of Clinton, IL, to the grain elevators at Wapella and Heyworth. The CN shoves grain trains to Heyworth to be loaded. In Clinton, the site of the large yard north of town became Thrall Car, and later Trinity. They were…
2 days ago

James commented on Coleman to Auburndale : This is now a paved recreation trail
4 days ago

Raf commented on Lake Monroe to Winter Garden : Part of the ROW displayed in the photos has since been paved over and is now a bi ACL right-of-way near Bear Lake Road on the edge of Altamonte Springs has since been paved over and is now part of a bike path.
6 days ago

J. White commented on The Valley Railroad : There is a good picture of the Timber Ridge Depot here:http://www.usgwarchives.net/va/photo/rockbridge/timberridge_b-o.jpg and of the Poor House Road Tunnel here: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/489625790712621429/
7 days ago

David Pharr commented on The R Line : The R line was first abandoned around Raymond. The Man of War ran the line to Raymond hopped on the line to Newnan and then the A&WP to East Point where it got back on the Central to Terminal Station at Spring St. There was a lumber yard that did a heavy…
8 days ago

Kelly McClanahan commented on Yates Center to Southeast of Yates Center : After careful study, I think I have determined the route of this line. There was a wye, roughly a quarter of a mile west of RT 75 and and old rail crossing (just north of W Rutledge ST). The line takes a southerly heading, and turns to the west and cross…
8 days ago

Kelly McClanahan commented on Yates Center to Southeast of Yates Center : After careful study, I think I have determined the route of this line. There was a wye, roughly a quarter of a mile west of RT 75 and and old rail crossing (just north of W Rutledge ST). The line takes a southerly heading, and turns to the west and cross…
8 days ago

Kelly McClanahan commented on Yates Center to Southeast of Yates Center : After careful study, I think I have determined the route of this line. There was a wye, roughly a quarter of a mile west of RT 75 and and old rail crossing (just north of W Rutledge ST). The line takes a southerly heading, and turns to the west and cross…
8 days ago

Kelly McClanahan commented on Le Roy, KS to Butler, MO : I have been able to trace (plot) the line on Google Earth. How can it be added.
8 days ago

Ron Gatlin, Historian commented on The Jarilla Branch : Hello, I am trying to find as much information on this track section as possible. This was a busy mining area from 1895 to the 1940's. Any information you could share would be greatly appreciated. I would really like to see any photographs of this line…
8 days ago

David Pharr commented on Atlanta to Fort Valley : The Atlanta and Florida as I understand went as far as Perry. the part south of Fort Valley must have went to the Central at some point. The trains out of Atlanta went to McDonough then to Griffin and to Williamson after the line from Williamson to…
9 days ago

Jake commented on Abandoned Rails of Jersey City : The restoration people may have saved the ferry and terminal building, but they did not preserve anything. The inside of Central Terminal was very beautifulinside and if you doubt me, take a close look at the movie Funny Girl, which was filmed inside the…
9 days ago

Bob Cohen commented on The Valley Railroad : No, I have not heard of his name being associated with the engineering, but it is certainly one of many such things which I had never heard of. Very few names have survived regarding any direct association with this project, usually only the most senior…
9 days ago

John D. Ward commented on The Valley Railroad : Dear Bob - I am working on the life of Henry Walters, the Baltimore-born collector and president of the Atlantic Coast Line. Glenn Hoffman's "History of the ACL Railroad Company" states that Henry (or Harry) worked with the engineering corps building the…
9 days ago

James commented on The Sarasota Subdivision : I found a picture of the Boyette station here, dated 1905. http://digitalcollections.hcplc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15391coll1/id/15877
10 days ago

Ryan Overstreet commented on Lexington to Buena Vista : I know it's been awhile but I finally made it out to River Rd. I took a few pics if anyone is interested. One thing I've never noticed before is a stone bridge abutment right on the side of the road less than a mile from 130 on the left. Also I found…
10 days ago

MIKE CROOKS commented on The Medina Subdivision : THE MEDINA "MAIN" WAS RETIRED IN THE EARLY 1980'S. I WAS THE EXTRA BOARD OPERATOR AT LESTER AND SAW THE RAILS LOADED INTO GONS FOR DISPOSAL. CL&W TRAINS WERE USING THE "CUTOFF" FOR A LONG TIME PRIOR TO OFFICIAL ABANDONMENT.
10 days ago

Scott Shogren commented on The Midland Valley Railroad : Sissy Crampton, Adamsville was on the MV time table.
11 days ago