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Abandonment of the Week

Plainville to New Haven
(The Farmington Canal Railroad)

States: Connecticut      Railroads: FCRR   

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Looking north on the abandoned bridge over the Maumee River in Napoleon, OH. Photo by Aaron M., June 2010.

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Abandoned Routes: 1,514

STB Filings: 43

Historic ICC Filings: 492

Railroad Companies: 1,308

Pictures: 4,440

Maps: 1,100

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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. Gallatin, TN to Scottsville, KY
States: Tennessee, Kentucky   Railroads: C&O, C&N, SBD, L&N   

Recent Comments

Bill McCord commented on The Tracy City Branch : 5 mile run this weekend on the improved trail along the old R/W from Sewanee to Monteagle. The former line extend east to Palmer through Tracey City , Coalmont, Gruetli, Laager and Collins to Palmer. Will be a big boon to Grundy County if it can be…
Yesterday

Bryan Whitson commented on The Yancey Railroad : No, this line ran from Kona on the Clinchfield in Mitchell County, about 10 rail miles north of Spruce Pine, up the South Toe River 12.83 miles to Burnsville, the county seat of Yancey County. The rail line you are referring to is the Thermal Belt Railway
2 days ago

Brad B. commented on Chicago to Northbrook : @ Greg, I finally got around to making this public. Too bad it isn't everything I have for this, but it was a great couple of days nevertheless. http://s304.photobucket.com/user/NSL_Detective/library/NSL%20and%20CN%20and%20W%20Remnants
2 days ago

Dan kennedy commented on The Yancey Railroad : Any chance this connected to a line that went through Rutherfordton NC, Ruth NC or Spindale NC. It parralelled 220 out of Ruth for a while. Was turned into a trail just north of Rutherfordton, however was still moving freight around 1991, thanks
2 days ago

Dan Kennedy commented on The Charleston Subdivision : This line in the late 30s near Ridgeland and Sheldon SC would serve to move flowers all the way to NYC! My father in laws farm sent flowers on it for years. You can still see a good portion of the line just south of 17 on I-95. and to the east the many…
2 days ago

Greg J commented on Chicago to Northbrook : @Brad: I will be happy to do some exploring soon. I want to see if the bridge remnants are still there at Harms and Old Orchard roads for one thing.
3 days ago

Brad P commented on The Kenosha Division : Does anyone have a copy of The KD Line they would be willing to part with? I have been searching high and low for one as well as his book about the Lake Geneva line. I grew up in Salem Oaks along the line and remember the trains in Geneva.
3 days ago

Brad P commented on The Kenosha Division : Does anyone have a copy of The KD Line they would be willing to part with? I have been searching high and low for one as well as his book about the Lake Geneva line. I grew up in Salem Oaks along the line and remember the trains in Geneva.
3 days ago

Bob Davis commented on Fillmore to Saugus : Latest report from Trainorders.com shows F&W is running trains again (or still). Go to fwry.com for the 2015 schedule.
4 days ago

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4 days ago

Dean McMakin commented on The Gary Line : In an article published in the Rockford Republic on Saturday, December 8, 1922, the news got out on that day the owner of the former CM&G track was planning to abandon the 16-mile stretch of track between Camp Grant (Rockford) and Kirkland Junction. The…
4 days ago

Dean McMakin commented on Saint Charles to Galena : In an article published in the Rockford Morning Star on Wednesday, September 6, 1972, the last freight on the former CGW line will pass through Stockton, Illinois on September 30, 1972 and will be accompanied by farewell activities organized by the…
4 days ago

Bill Pippine commented on The Tupper Lake Spur : The web site http://www.nyc-ottawadivision.com/ has a lot of information on the Ottawa division which ran from Tupper Lake, NY to Ottawa, ON. Thanks Chris Granger
5 days ago

Joshua commented on Danville to Farmer City : If the rails in Mahomet are abandoned, where is it on the map?
5 days ago

Dean McMakin commented on The Northern Illinois Railroad : In an article published in the Rockford Morning Star on Sunday, August 2, 1942, traffic on this branch between Belvidere and Sycamore was halted in mid-July, and by the end of that month the track between Belvidere and Herbert had been pulled up with the…
6 days ago

Rob Osborn commented on The Missaukee Branch : Latty And anyone else. I will be making a FaceBook group for just that purpose. My HO Cadillac and Lake City traded the 2-8-0 for a Alco C415. Join the group and we'll continue the discussion of what if and share photos. Also anyone who might want…
6 days ago

Brent Cannon commented on Klamath Falls to Bly : The Oregon, California, and Eastern Railway Company was built by a railroad promoter named Robert Strahorn. He had plans to build to Silver Lake, Oregon and from there to Bend, Burns, and Lakeview. He only managed to build to Sprague River before he sold…
6 days ago

R Gulley commented on The "M" Line : Yes there are several roads that have grade crossings with this line.
7 days ago

Andy Sammonds commented on The Eagle Mountain Railroad : I smell tourist line for the future of this railroad.
7 days ago

Andy Sammonds commented on The Eagle Mountain Railroad : I smell tourist line for the future of this railroad.
7 days ago

Andy Sammonds commented on The Eagle Mountain Railroad : I smell tourist line for the future of this railroad.
7 days ago

M. Cleary commented on The Missaukee Branch : I remember my family staying at the Green Knoll Resort on the south side of Lake City between 1965-1970 and really enjoyed the train crossing M66/M55. I could remember the train stopping so that they could flag the crossing.i remember hearing the train…
7 days ago

Rails'n'Relics commented on Keyser to Twin Mountain : I just found this site. I have timebooks pics for the TM&P. I will check for names and advise.
7 days ago

Margie Lucas commented on The Yosemite Valley Railroad : Facating History. Some of it I lived as a daughter of a section forman(maintaining the tracks in Bagby, Elportal, Shelling and we called it Ned's Gulge) which could be reached only by train or a trolly Box pulled over the Merced River. My Dad closed the…
9 days ago

Cindy Carlton commented on The Huntsville Branch : Dad and I explored some of this line today and found the old bridge pillars crossing the Elk River and the station in Winchester. The station is being used by the city as noted above and appears to be in very good shape. It looks like the brickwork has…
10 days ago

William Cavico commented on Abandoned Rails of Addison : This track section has been sold per CN.
10 days ago

Greg Bennett commented on Houston to Katy : Can anyone confirm if any spurs ever went into the Heights area? I'm particularly interested in the 1965 to 1972 period.
11 days ago

John Harwell commented on Waynesboro, MS to Mobile, AL : I never thought this made any sense. Having rail access to a major port (Mobile) would seem to be considered a great asset for a railroad. Now East MS is looking into building a new RR from Waynesboro to Lucedale that would connect to Mobile and…
11 days ago

Brad commented on The Newtown Branch : I'd actually take the overgrown tracks. At least there's some chance of restoration there, and I don't particularly care for people traipsing in my backyard during the day and kids partying at night. I mean, I know how NIMBYs work, and I can understand…
13 days ago

Bill H. commented on The Newtown Branch : @S.T. - It's no longer a choice between rails vs trails, since the window for service to be restored there has long past. It's now choice between a trail vs overgrown train tracks.
13 days ago

Tim Mincy commented on Abandoned Rails of Fort Worth : If you go to http://www.historicaerials.com/ you can go to the 1950s setting and see a tank farm just west of Beach St where long Avenue is today.
13 days ago

S.T. commented on The Newtown Branch : Enough with the trails. What we need is a train to Newtown to ease the traffic on the roads. Build a trail next to the right of way if you need one. Now is the time for the investment. The state can use some of the money from the gas drilling that they…
14 days ago