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Abandonment of the Week

Mackinaw City to Gaylord

States: Michigan      Railroads: NYC, CR, PC, MCRR, D&M   

This abandoned route has a map.
Picture of the Day

From The Redondo Beach Branch:

Random Picture of the Day

Then: This view faces north/northwest near the "south end of the branch", and shows the spur curving left into the Southern California Edison power plant in Redondo Beach. Photo by Mike Palmer, July 1982.

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This abandoned route has historical information.This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated pictures.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Calistoga Branch (Krug to Calistoga)
States: California   Railroads: SP, NVRR   

Recent Comments

Ann M. Stuckey commented on Lucas to Shreveport : My great-great grandmother, Charlotte Scott Reisor, leased the land from the Reisor estate to T & P Railroad, which still remains. As a child I heard my dad refer to "Cut-Off", but I never knew until recently where he got that phrase. At the Reisor…
Earlier today

Knowwhoyouare commented on Shippensburg to Isle : George, don't worry. Wesley is just asshole.
Earlier today

Stephen commented on The York Canyon Branch : I read that this mine closing down is now causing serious issues for the Amtrak Southwest Chief. Since the mines closed down, the only user of the tracks between Lamy, NM and Newton, KS is the Amtrak Southwest Chief. BNSF stopped all freight over Raton…
Earlier today

Amber brown commented on Wheatfield to South Bend : I believe this railroad was once owned by Pennsylvania railroad. It runs adjacent to our property line in Lakeville.
Yesterday

Mark Dietrich commented on The Florence Branch : According to David Myrick's "Railroads of Arizona, Volume II," the line was built in conjunction with the Phoenix Main. It opened on Dec. 1, 1925. It reduced by 80 miles the shipping distance of copper ore to the smelters in El Paso. Prior to then, all…
Yesterday

Mike Ninneman commented on The Yosemite Valley Railroad : If I recall correctly, the cause of the Yoakum wreck was determined to be spreading rails due to completely rotted ties, and not a washout. I may be mistaken here, but I believe the famed "Last Train" on the YV was led by locomotive #23. Of course, there…
Yesterday

Sean Angelo commented on Buffalo to Victor : Bill, In Lehigh Valley in Western NY Vol 2. Theres a section that describes post 76 C-day, that this line was to be retained for the D&H, for whatever reason. I don't have the book infront of me to provide a full answer.
2 days ago

freebrickproductions commented on The Lakewood Industrial Lead : Does anybody know where the picture was taken? I want to see if the signals are still standing.
2 days ago

James Duff commented on Oelwein to Goldfield : The line on the map was CGW from Oelwien to Clarion where it went south west towards Eagle Grove on southwest to Fort Dodge onto Carroll and beyond. The Rock Island Line come fromIowa Falls northwest though Popjoy, Dows, Galt, Clarion then east though…
3 days ago

James Duff commented on The Grimes Branch : This line went to Madrid Ia first going though Zot Spur. This line crossed the Des Moines river on a high wood bridge . Area around the Bridge was known a High Bridge which was a resort type of town about 1900. Some time after the low bridge crossing on…
3 days ago

Frank Monfette commented on The Tennessee Central Railway : As a life long resident of the Robertson/Montgomary counties of Tn. I would like to correct something that has been mislabeled. The river that runs from Robertson county into the Cumberland River in Clarksville is the "Red River",,,the "Little West Fork…
3 days ago

Frank Monfette commented on The Tennessee Central Railway : To Robert Thurman, One known steam engine operated by the TC was donated to the city of Nashville and placed on display at the Centennial Park on West End Ave. Don't remember size of engine at this writing but is easily "googled" for more info.
3 days ago

John McFarland commented on The Hetch Hetchy Railroad : My Dad J.C. McFarland contracted the taking up of the Hetch Hetchy Railroad. I remember visiting with him cr 1949 during the project. I remeber he was living in a old hotel Sonora. I have a couple photos of that time. I remember trucks hauling the rails…
5 days ago

Wayne DeMunn commented on The Northern Illinois Railroad : After contacting abandoned rails with the info, I became somewhat inspired to research the Northern Illinois Railroad further and have since posted an album set to my profile at flickr dot com. There are both old and newer photos along with newspaper…
5 days ago

Stephanie commented on The Santa Ana Branch : I have an old SP timetable. The timetable says that the Santa Ana Branch is the existing track that went from Anaheim yard, thru South Anaheim, where the Tustin Branch came off, then down (thru the abandoned portion to Santa Ana), to Dyer to Costa Mesa.…
6 days ago

Paul Alpiser commented on The Gary Line : Speaking of remains of the CM&G in the Rockford Area, there are still tracks present in the road - a private crossing. Located 2 blocks south of the former Harrison Avenue Wye, there is a private service road for Rockford Products, which is accessible…
6 days ago

ron selak commented on Phalanx Station to Minerva : Gary, The B&O Tower was also a passenger station back in the day. The B&O discontinued passenger service in the early 70's. Ron.
7 days ago

brandy commented on The Quincy, Omaha and Kansas City Railroad : hey mike keeton- here is the map...http://www.kchistory.org/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/Maps&CISOPTR=1763&CISOBOX=1&REC=14
7 days ago

Gary Juwell commented on Phalanx Station to Minerva : Ron, Thanks for the information on the B&O tower. I remembered seeing that building years ago when I went through the town, and thought that it was the station. I stand corrected. Do you know about where the last B&O station was located? As regards…
8 days ago

george oakley commented on Tremont to Lebanon : thanks for the information on the links that do not work.keep in touch and let me know if there is any information on the bridges.
8 days ago

Peter Gross Jr commented on The Smith's Ferry Branch : Thanks for this information about the Smith's Ferry Branch. In the 1970s, specifically 1975-1976 I turned 16 and got my drivers license and made several trips to Fredericktown, Ohio between 1975 to 1977. We used to swim on the North Fork of Little Beaver…
9 days ago

Brad commented on The Reading, Marietta and Hanover Railroad : What we lack is a good map showing where all the furnaces were located, and I'm not from the area so I don't know the history as well as that of my own turf. That said, it is my understanding that Chickies #1 Furnace was at the base of Chickies Rock. In…
9 days ago

Garrett Paul commented on The Chicago, Attica and Southern Railroad : This map is in error in three respects. 1) The CA&S never owned the line that ran from the state line to Momence Junction in Illinois. 2) The CA&S never owned nor operated the line that ran from Brazil to the junction with the B&O main line to…
9 days ago

Bob Lemmon commented on Tremont to Lebanon : Unfortunately the links in mfeeman's comments no longer work.
9 days ago

mary louise labrucherie commented on Medford to Butte Falls : Hello Tony- it's your cousin Mary Louise. Please send me your email I have some information for you.
9 days ago

Jim English commented on The Reading, Marietta and Hanover Railroad : George, what trolley are you asking about? Brad has mentioned an Ironville branch in association with Donegal Trolley but it wasn't connected to the line to Marietta. I would image it followed Ironville Pike for the most part and Silver Spring is just…
9 days ago

George shinkosky commented on The Reading, Marietta and Hanover Railroad : Thanks Jim for your input..I'm going to CHIPS in Columbia tonight to talk to the rail buffs there..I'm hoping Bud Heim might have some photos..Talked to Steve Bailey.. He didn't have any..I just walked the rail bed last week..very easy to trace..? did…
9 days ago

Jim English commented on The Reading, Marietta and Hanover Railroad : A side note. Recently some locals suggested that our unidentified right of way in this area was the spur used to bring iron ore in from Chestnut Hill/Grubb Lake near Silver Spring. It's more likely the ore came in on the Reading & Columbia line. On a…
9 days ago

Jim English commented on The Reading, Marietta and Hanover Railroad : Spring is here and I had a bit of time this weekend to locate the trolley crossing of the RM&H. It's very easy to identify. There is a stone retaining wall along the south side where the road would have been close but higher than the RM&H. Do we know…
9 days ago

RonJon commented on The Northern Illinois Railroad : On my comment above that is on the Sycamore to Cortland branch.
9 days ago

RonJon commented on The Northern Illinois Railroad : Line poles still visible where this line used to cross Barber Greene Rd and there's a rise in the road where this line used to cross Bethany Road as well.
9 days ago

Paul Gronemeier commented on The Elm Industrial Lead : Pic #11 ...wasn't there a bar right across the street? I drank there ONLY to catch a train(pic) there...lol
9 days ago