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Abandonment of the Week

Wilmington to Morrow

States: Ohio      Railroads: PRR, C&MV   

This abandoned route has a map.
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From Kenedy to Houston:

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The end of the line to the east of the UP main, looking back west towards the UP main. This one mile section will apparently remain for the time being, although there is no business and no workable spurs. The line used to continue into downtown Houston, but was abandoned years ago. This section used to be continuous with the section being abandoned on the west side of the UP main, but has been split for several years at the UP main. The only traffic seen on this section recently has been the Barnum and Bailey Circus train once per year. Photo by Jason Rose, June 2001.

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STB Filings: 43

Historic ICC Filings: 492

Railroad Companies: 1,308

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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. Norfolk to Virginia Beach and Munden
States: Virginia   Railroads: NS, SR, N&S, NVBR&IC, N&VB   

Recent Comments

John Garner commented on Terre Haute to Logansport : Bill, Deferred maintenance. Low joints, broken rail bars and bent rails. It would de-rail a steam engine but not a diesel. This country would be in a lot of trouble if it ever needed ALL of its railroads again.
About 4 hours ago

John Garner commented on The Terre Haute and Indianapolis Railroad : Was it it L.W. Wilson? Come to think of it, I think that R.D. Williamson worked as engineer on the 2nd trick Greenwood with Cookie and Berry. When I hired in I worked the 3rd trick Greenwood as a regular Yard job. The Conductor was Carl Layman. His son…
About 4 hours ago

John Garner commented on The Terre Haute and Indianapolis Railroad : I remember Dean Williamson. He worked as the engineer the Greenwood job on third trick and also I worked several other jobs out of Terre Haute with him. I am sure that I worked with the others but I'd have to go to my timebooks to give you particulars.…
About 5 hours ago

joshua commented on The Louisville and Wadley Railroad : So is this line totle abandoned or what ? Last i here is it has bad track and that rail service is suspended , And the owner still leasing his rolling stock , What is happening ?
About 5 hours ago

Ken Roskos commented on The Fairport Branch : Correction to last message; it should read L.A. Kirtland was my old home town. Thanks.
Yesterday

Ken Roskos commented on The Fairport Branch : Hello, I had sent in some photos of the old track bed of the Fairport branch last month. I just wondered if you can use them. Many thanks, Ken R.
Yesterday

Peter Laws commented on The Oklahoma Railway : Since I find myself here again ... it's not really right to imply that the line started in El Reno and then split at OKC for Guthrie and Norman. The Oklahoma Ry Co was the culmination of many purchases, mergers, subsidiaries spun off and absorbed, and…
Yesterday

branon photographer commented on The "M" Line : does any one know if the tacks are accessible by car
Yesterday

Matt Boudreaux commented on Lake Charles to De Ridder : The tracks were still there when I was a kid in the early 80s. I would say they got pulled up by 1984 for sure. They passed right where the mcdonalds is located. The tree line across the street will tell you the exact location of the right of way
Yesterday

joe commented on Abandoned Rails of San Jose : is the luther industrial spur still in use? It looks pretty empty when I looked it up on google earth?
2 days ago

Pres Greenman commented on South Dennis to Provincetown : Chris from Hyannis, Email me : thomaspgreenman2@.aolcom. The train/operation which removed the rails from P'town to Eastham was utilized an engine which was like a 44 tonner but older. It was black with a yellow stripe around the frame footboards steps…
2 days ago

David Weidler commented on The Waterloo Railroad : Somewhere I came across a route map for the EStLC&W. Looking at it, it was apparent the abutments on Centreville Road were not from that line. I then assumed they were from a spur to an area quarry. Perhaps Monroe County tax maps might show the exact…
2 days ago

Steve Goen commented on Ardmore to Ringling : Info on this line's construction is incorrect. The line was originally constructed as the Oklahoma, New Mexico & Pacific by Jake Hamon, John Ringling and other Ardmore and southern Oklahoma oil interest. The Frisco never owned it.
2 days ago

Cap commented on Abandoned Rails of The Bomber Spur : What B-29 production occurred at Air Force Plant #4?
2 days ago

Larry Wilson commented on The Terre Haute and Indianapolis Railroad : Hey John, do you remember ora dyer, Dean Williamson, Carl Altman,Red Howell?
2 days ago

James commented on The Prescott and Arizona Central Railroad : Oh...and one other thing for the record Tom, the SFP&P originally ran through Prescott to Phoenix. Prescott didn't become a "branch" until the Abra-Skull valley line change was built in 1962.
2 days ago

James commented on The Prescott and Arizona Central Railroad : Guess I'm not the only one with double-post issues..LOL! Tom, I've always assumed that the small spur heading south off of the BNSF main in Seligman (used by BNSF to store cars) is the old P&AC line start. Do you know if that's true?
2 days ago

Tom Bullock commented on The Prescott and Arizona Central Railroad : Hey guys, no need to worry about this; the P&AC was started from Seligman in 1887, going south to the OO ranch divide to Chino Wash and then south via the wash grade to the valley floor and then up to Prescott. The SFP&P went from Feonix to Ash Fork,…
2 days ago

Terry La France commented on Anadarko to Magnum : I forgot to mention there's a short section from the junction with Farmrail's former Santa Fe's Altus dist. (ex KC, Mexico & Orient) to a grain elevator in Lone Wolf.
3 days ago

Terry LaFrance commented on Anadarko to Magnum : The westbound remnant that branched off where the line curves past the depot and heads south, has been taken up.
3 days ago

Leonard Cravens commented on Abandoned Rails of San Jose : A neighbor along the abandoned Lick Branch allowed me to go into her back yard which the Lick Branch ran through. I found spikes and an old railroad tie. She remembered the tracks being torn out in the middle 70's. She bought 3 parcels, her neighbors…
3 days ago

Joe commented on Plano to McKinney : Dennis, a sign in Allen says the train robbery was at McDermott Dr. Allen.
3 days ago

Cameron Cook commented on The Waterloo Railroad : If you go to Google Earth search for 850 Centerville Rd., Columbia, IL. Coordinates 38.4393N 90.1841W should put you there. Then go to "Street View" to see them. I'd post some pictures but don't see how.
3 days ago

Lou commented on Hudson to Bayfield : I also have been lucky enough to get to get a ride a couple of times.Once when I was very young in Hastings Mn when they were doing some switching.I got to ride in the engine. My Dad was a brakeman for the Milwaukee road in the late 70s. Then another…
3 days ago

David Voeltz commented on Claire City to Grenville : Interesting about the abandonment is that the rail was actually removed years before the paperwork was filed to do so. I have pictures going back 10 years that show the line was already torn up.
3 days ago

David Voeltz commented on Platte to Tyndall : The line is still in place and is railbanked. There have been ongoing attempts by officials in Wegner, SD to buy and rehab the line for a possible ethanol plant.
3 days ago

David Voeltz commented on Tyndall to Yankton : This line is in place and railbanked, as is the rest of the line going west toward Platte. The segment within Platte has been removed.
3 days ago

James commented on The Prescott and Arizona Central Railroad : Yes Ben, I realized we were getting off topic. That's why I submitted the Limestone canyon area so we could continue the discussion in its proper place, but the LC route should be separate from the Prescott district. The 2 abandonment's were separated by…
3 days ago

Ben s commented on The Prescott and Arizona Central Railroad : Yes, you are correct about ATSFRR, and there's a separate page on this site dedicated to that route thru Prescott. http://a-r.us/ei1 is the page. If we can try and keep this on topic of P&ACRR.
3 days ago

James commented on The Prescott and Arizona Central Railroad : Tom:Bullock road ABSOLUTELY follows some sections of the ROW for SFP&P. This is especially apparent as you get near the south end where it becomes FS573. I have submitted the Limestone Canyon route to the site, but it looks like the admin has taken a…
3 days ago

Lynn Roth commented on Hudson to Bayfield : My Grandfather Was a Enginer for the Soo line in Ashland. When we moved to Milwsukee my Dad was a Engjner for CNW. We got to ride the train free from Milwaukee to Ashland because my Dad worked for CNW. I miss riding these trains to Ashkand now. My train…
3 days ago

Louie Jardine commented on Beloit, WI to Freeport, IL : My Dad worked on the Milwaukee Road in the 70s in St Paul Mn.I still remember riding on the engine in Hastings MN. I wish I could go back to then !
4 days ago