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Abandonment of the Week

Lacjac to Reedley
(The Exeter Branch)

States: California      Railroads: SP   

This abandoned route has associated ICC filings.
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Southern Pacific: An abandoned switchstand on the 9th Avenue pier spur. Photo by Andrew Laverdiere.

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July 30th, 2014: I've taken a bit of a "sabbatical" from updating the Abandoned Rails website. I started this site back in 2005, and I've been constantly updating it ever since. Over this past year, other life priorities have caused me to take a step back from updating the website, which in itself was fairly time-consuming. This break from updating the site is not necessarily a bad thing, as I've been able to refresh and refocus my intentions about the site; as such, I have some new ideas and concepts for it that I hope to start developing.

I do intend to resume updating the website on a regular basis, but probably not until next year, unfortunately. At that time, expect to see some big and exciting changes to the site over the ensuing months.

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
Haslet, TX
Owner, AbandonedRails.com

This abandoned route has historical information.This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated pictures. Anaheim to Santa Ana
States: California   Railroads: SP   

Recent Comments

mac sanders commented on Port Royal to Yemasee : If someone could save a rail section for me that would be great
About 5 hours ago

Jim Pender commented on Port Royal to Yemasee : The last section of track has been contracted to be removed from Ribaut Rd. to the SC Ports Authority, approximately two and a half miles. Removal is scheduled to start 1 Sept. 2014 by Pender Brothers Inc. It's our intention to recycle as much as…
Earlier today

Chrysa commented on The Saint Louis Subdivision : Regardless of the arguments about why rail traffic on the Rock Island Corridor should be resumed - a few facts. In 1999 when Ameren purchased the corridor, they estimated that it would cost $35 million to bring the line up to 35-40 mile status west of…
Earlier today

OAE1992 commented on Dayton to Lebanon : Can anyone give me any information or links to information about the Dayton, Lebanon & Cincinnati Railroad?
Earlier today

Joe "Wyoming" Turdcat commented on The Sumpter Valley Railway : There is a lot of confusion about the actual route. However, when I earlier karft this message, found such data in deep search of Google images. Good hunting!
Yesterday

Bob Davis commented on The Burbank Branch : What was probably the last passenger train to run over this line was an excursion sponsored by what was then Orange Empire Trolley Museum in Oct. 1968. We took the Burbank Branch to the junction at Chatsworth and then the Coast Line to Ventura, where we…
Yesterday

Bob Davis commented on The Rogue River Valley Railway : The photo of RRVRR 1 coming home to Jacksonville brought back memories of riding it in the 1960s. One of the owners during that period worked at the same plant in Pasadena where I did, and mentioned that he had a 12-ton standard-gauge steam locomotive…
Yesterday

Bob Davis commented on Alhambra to Pasadena : The track was in service to Pasadena into the early 1960s, and there was a spur crossing the entrance to the Freeway going into the Pasadena Light & Power plant. I worked nights at plant which was later taken over by Blair High in 1961. Regarding…
Yesterday

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Tony Creamer commented on The Saint Louis Subdivision : They will eventually have little choice in the matter-- economics will see to that. Already, economic forces are conspiring to ensure that road use taxes will have to come into use, if we are to have any roads at all worth driving on. The question is how…
2 days ago

Beaver commented on Tego to Bayfield and Ashland : Lines from Hudson WI and Eau Claire WI met in Spooner WI ran north to Trego WI and split to Superior and Ashland WI. This was known as the Omaha X. The Omaha Road was merged into the CNW in the late 50's. Three of those lines had been abandoned by CNW.…
2 days ago

Moe commented on The Providence, Warren and Bristol Railroad : One of my sister-in-laws' owned a farm on route 103 in Swansea near the R.I. line. I walked to the back(southern end) of the property and could see the elevated rail bed -appeared to still be in very good shape.. I didn't go up on top to see if there…
2 days ago

Moe commented on Harwich to Chatham : My mother -in-law & sister-in-law came into the Chatham depot on the train (from Pawtucket R.I.) in 1927.
2 days ago

Moe commented on Harwich to Chatham : My mother -in-law & sister-in-law came into the Chatham depot on the train (from Pawtucket R.I.) in 1927.
2 days ago

Ken Bird commented on The Saint Louis Subdivision : That argument is old hat. As AMTRAK has shown, Americans will not abandon their cars for rail, except in a few dense corridor areas. Believe Missouri is not dense, although some of the residents may be. As the private rail industry has proved, profit is…
2 days ago

Tony Creamer commented on The Saint Louis Subdivision : Incorrect, converting it into a trail only is a waste of a valuable transportation resource. You are looking strictly in terms of profit. What needs to be looked at is the cost avoidance value of putting the line back in service, and then marketing that…
3 days ago

Ken Bird commented on The Saint Louis Subdivision : Converting the line to a trail makes good economic sense. It will boost tourism in Missouri and give some of the communities along the route some needed exposure. I can see a connection with the Katy trail at Windsor which will allow riders a return path…
3 days ago

Moe commented on The Portsmouth and Dover Railroad : I believe the Spaulding Turnpike (at least the Dover Point end) may have been constucted on this abandoned railbed. (It was constructed on an abandoned railbed - I'm not sure it was the Portsmouth and Dover railbed.)
3 days ago

Tony Creamer commented on The Saint Louis Subdivision : Begging your pardon Daphne, but there is indeed use for rail service, and Eldon is the key to it. Passenger rail in the form of miniture Auto-trains from KC to Eldon and St Louis to Eldon could ferry people and their vehicles between these points. This…
4 days ago

Daphney Partridge commented on The Saint Louis Subdivision : My dad worked for the Rock Island Railroad in Eldon when I was just a little bitty girl. He then went to work for Missouri Pacific which became Union Pacific, etc. He retired a railroad trackman after making a living for decades on the rail. I owe my…
4 days ago

Walter Imhof commented on The Virginia and Truckee Railway : Came back from Reno about three weeks ago. Have some great pictures. (Greg, whenever you are ready to start up again). Their is not much left of the bridges over Steamboat Creek. Apparently the fires of 2011 destroyed what was left of the wooden spans.…
4 days ago

Randy Soop commented on The Annapolis and Elkridge Railroad : I am a portrait photographer looking for unused rail tracks in the ellicott city/elkridge area for photographing on. Can anyone provide details of locations in the area where track exists that is not used for traffic? Thanks!
4 days ago

J. Anderson commented on Yates Center to Southeast of Yates Center : As a railroader who has worked through that area many times I believe I can answer your questions. I think that the grade you are talking about was part of the original mainline from kc to coffeyville when it was surveyed and built. The grade comes off…
5 days ago

Ron McAfee commented on Abandoned Rails of Dogpatch USA : I tried to buy the original train last year from a closed animal park in Kansas (engine and 5 passenger cars, could not come to terms with the 4 different people you had to go through. In rough shape but I thought it should come home. It is probably…
6 days ago

randy commented on Abandoned Rails of Marin County : As a kid I recall a railroad siding in Novato Calif that ran a short distance from the railroad line to a big iron door in Cherry hill The siding crossed the road between Atherton Ave and Cherry st. It passed a small trailer court then a house and a…
7 days ago

Frank commented on The Sacramento Northern Railroad : Jon, Many thanks for this excellent response. It is all very clear to me now. My grandparents (and father) made several trips to Concord from SF 100 years ago and would have ridden the Oakland & Antioch (SN). It is fun to think about the route they would…
7 days ago

Gregory D. Pawelski commented on Tremont to Lebanon : The spur off this line north of Pine Grove was at Lorberry Junction, along the Molleystown Road off Route 125 (Tremont Road) and went to Muir, Pa. The switchback was in the hills north of Muir.
7 days ago

John Gebhardt commented on Elroy to Camp Douglas : It was a nice sight with a long string of colorful boxcars with former names such as Western Pacific, MP, SP(Golden West Service) along with C&NW still around. The boxcars were used to carry plywood, roofing shingles and paper. They were put in long term…
7 days ago

Jon commented on The Sacramento Northern Railroad : Hi, Frank. No, the Iron Horse trail and the bridge next to Monument Blvd is not the ROW of the Sacramento Northern. The Iron Horse trail is the old Southern Pacific RR line that ran from Martinez along Market Street in Concord (where there was a classic…
7 days ago

Steve H commented on The Reading, Marietta and Hanover Railroad : Gentlemen, I may have an answer, of sorts, to your questions. I have been looking at the R&C page, and just happened across this one. As I stated on the other page, halfway up Chicque's Hill on the north side, there is a pull-off for a trail going out to…
7 days ago

Cbalducc commented on The Millstadt Branch : There is a building in Millstadt that LOOKS like it was once a depot, and LOOKS like it was located next to the railroad right-of-way. Could it be? God bless. http://goo.gl/maps/YGb8M
8 days ago

Harold Rogers commented on The Kansas, Oklahoma and Gulf Railroad : No it is not, the right of way is now private property. I ride dual purpose motorcycles (Honda XR650R) and explore old ghost railroads but you need to ask for permission to enter the abandoned right of way. You can see a lot from the public roads.
8 days ago