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Coatesville, Pennsylvania

States: Pennsylvania      Railroads: PRR   

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High Bridge: This shows the bridge before the Civil War, taken by Timothy H. O'Sullivan. Note the sag in the first truss. (Submitted by Richard McClintock)

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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.

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Greg Harrison
Haslet, TX
Owner, AbandonedRails.com

This abandoned route has a map. Sumner to Waverly
States: Iowa   Railroads: CGW   

Recent Comments

Brad Brandel commented on Chicago, IL to Milwaukee, WI : Thanks for the update- It is still somewhat hard to follow, but it seems as though the bike trails cover about 60% of the old ROW thru S. wisc into downtown Milwaukee! Still an absolute delight to know there was an old rail system that was so useful..…
About an hour ago

D. Marks commented on Chicago, IL to Milwaukee, WI : Update to Tell Brad: "See Oak Creek Oak Leaf Trail" on Google.This gives a more detailed description of the route of which most of it runs on the old NS ROW.
About an hour ago

D. Marks commented on Ringoes to Lambertville : From this Old Timer: I was stationed at Fort Monmouth NJ from 1969 to 1970, to Vietnam. Returned in 1971 till 1972 when I discharged from the ARMY. I rode the Old BR&W from Flemington to Ringoes a number of times. Great train ride and the glassworks tour…
About an hour ago

D. Marks commented on West Bend to Fond du Lac : I was born and raise in a small white house on 3 acres of land west of the old Lighthouse Lanes bowling alley. I still remember the old steamers on that line from early 50's till the last steam train which was a way freight in late summer or early fall…
About an hour ago

D. Marks commented on Ringoes to Lambertville : From this Old Timer: I was stationed at Fort Monmouth NJ from 1969 to 1970, to Vietnam. Returned in 1971 till 1972 when I discharged from the ARMY. I rode the Old BR&W from Flemington to Ringoes a number of times. Great train ride and the glassworks tour…
About 2 hours ago

D. Marks commented on Tego to Bayfield and Ashland : I agree with Pat D. Northwestern as well as Milwaukee Road management was poorly run. Foresight was not in their vocabulary. To bad the ICC would not allow the Milwaukee Road and C&NW to merge in the mid 50's. Things could have been different today.…
About 3 hours ago

Murray Stone commented on Belding to Haynor : M 21 to Wall St. turn right. On the right within 50 feet you can see the rail bed. Haynor Rd. north you can see where the rail split north to Stanton and north west to Kidd.
Yesterday

John commented on The Millside Line : The Reading Lines Pigeon Point Rail Barge dock had a older boat dock just north of it. Maps from 1884 show it there with rail a link of the origional Wilmington & Northern Railraod to Coatsville PA. The two track yard just south of the parallel to the…
Yesterday

D. marks commented on West Bend to Fond du Lac : I was born and raise in a small white house on 3 acres of land west of the old Lighthouse Lanes bowling alley. I still remember the old steamers on that line from early 50's till the last steam train which was a way freight in late summer or early fall…
Yesterday

Austin Jeansonne commented on The Red River and Gulf Railroad : Actually, that "open box" is actually Crowell Locomotive #202's tender.It wasn't used for carrying coal,but wood as well as it's water supply.That is why in the picture,you can see a ladder on the back of the tender.
2 days ago

David Lister commented on Hazens to Fabyan : I delivered batteries to the Sears store in Conway and there were tracks just north of the building...........they didn't look in bad shape except for all the vegetation..........that's been about ten years ago though and im guessing they were part of…
2 days ago

Ralph Vasquez commented on The Manteca Branch : When I was 16 yrs. Old, 1976-77,my family lived in Manteca, CA for about 8 months. But I do remember Speckles very well. We would drive by it maybe 4 to 6 times a day. I remember the tall water tower. Proudly displaying it's name. I think there was even…
4 days ago

Ralph Vasquez commented on The Manteca Branch : When I was 16 yrs. Old, 1976-77,my family lived in Manteca, CA for about 8 months. But I do remember Speckles very well. We would drive by it maybe 4 to 6 times a day. I remember the tall water tower. Proudly displaying it's name. I think there was even…
4 days ago

Ralph Vasquez commented on The Manteca Branch : When I was 16 yrs. Old, 1976-77,my family lived in Manteca, CA for about 8 months. But I do remember Speckles very well. We would drive by it maybe 4 to 6 times a day. I remember the tall water tower. Proudly displaying it's name. I think there was even…
4 days ago

kenneth williams commented on Lucas to Shreveport : from what im told the nop switch still exists in the up yard. comfirmation would be great. id like to take a picture of it
4 days ago

kenneth williams commented on Lucas to Shreveport : from what im told the nop switch still exists in the up yard. comfirmation would be great. id like to take a picture of it
4 days ago

joseph Soares commented on Lake Providence to Tallulah : i work for delta southern railroad i ,m the mop on the job we are running trains on the shortline at tallulah to talla bena from complex chemical to kcs 2 times a week ,the old line have been to us , the new company hads taken over now we can grow…
5 days ago

John commented on The Brandywine Industrial Track : Pennsy moved cars from Edgemoor yard to Bancroft Mills on a regular scedule. The consist usually was a few tank cars and box cars with three coal cars for the steam house to power plant etc...on the back end of trains were cars heading to Coatsville on…
5 days ago

James Sharp commented on The Jacksonville and Southwestern Railroad : Hi Christine, At around MM339 on I-10, you will cross a bridge over the old railroad grade (at the Baker/Nassau County line). Keep going past Exit 336 and get off at Exit 335 and take SR121 south toward Lake Butler. I don't know exactly how far (I want…
5 days ago

Christine Ramey commented on The Jacksonville and Southwestern Railroad : Id like some directions from Jacksonville area to the line you meantioned about in Bladwin McCleeny area. I am a Photographer, and would love to get some shots done there. Could you let me know, caause id like to use my gps to find it? Thank you
5 days ago

John commented on The New Castle and Frenchtown Railroad : Yeah the origional stones used to hold the track in place didn't last long. I 1838 the stones were all pulled up and replaced with wood ties. the stones were all used in building foundations of buildings through out NC county. The old court house…
6 days ago

John commented on The Brandywine Industrial Track : This line dates back to the 1850's and served Dupont Powder Mills and a few other Firms along the way. It eventually was operated by Pennsy till 1967. The Reading lines came in on the back end of this line from the wilmington & Northern branch with a…
6 days ago

John Manley commented on The New Castle Industrial Cutoff : Is this the line that had the strange swing bridge just near the Northeast Corridor and it passed under I-95? It had a tall wooden support and the bridge would twist one way or the other - I think. I remember seeing the bridge while driving to Archmere…
6 days ago

John commented on The Christiana Branch : This map above is really two railroads of trackage...the right side is Pennsy and the left is the Reading Lines rite of way in Wilmington. There use to be a yard above the Viaduct and Pusey and Jones shipyard. It was the origional 1850's Wilmington…
6 days ago

John commented on The Christiana Branch : Yes I remember the old Steam Loco's stored at the old Dravo Ship yard (Called American Engineering at that time...1970) The steam boat rolled on it's side was the old Wilson Line excursion boat the "State of Pennsylvania"...it was built at Pusey and…
6 days ago

John commented on The Millside Line : I does appear that the B&O brach in south Wilmington DE dates back to about 1870 or before. The deck type swing bridge used on it on the Christinia River dates back to at least 1898. Origionally it was listed on old maps as the Baltimore & Philadelpia…
6 days ago

John commented on The Millside Line : The Wilmington & Northern branch was put in in 1867 was bought by The Reading Lines in 1898...It went all the way to Pegion point dock as well at that time..It does appear Marine operations of some sort went on from the 1870's to 1898 at that point..not…
6 days ago

Chris Poole commented on The Litchfield Industrial Lead : Correct. That is the same mainline. However it does remain active out to at least Buckeye. Unoin Pacific has been slowly upgrading the infrastructure throughout Phoenix, but still no sign of reopening the entire Wellton sub.
7 days ago

Ted commented on Jackson to Niles : I live by the railroad. There is a couple of stone arch bridges one is all cut field stone is a sight to see.
7 days ago

Bill Wilsford commented on The Litchfield Industrial Lead : Isn't the "main line" mentioned here actually the abandoned or deactiviated branch from Wellton to Phoenix ? This line runs through Hyder and I believe is over 100 miles in length.
7 days ago

Matthew Melcher commented on Houston to Katy : Hey i live not to far from here i saw the old tracks that where along interstate 10 going west i think but now there is a new appartment complex and the rails and ties where pulled up by UP i guess but i never knew it was even a abandon trackage but…
7 days ago

george oakley commented on The Coal Lick Run Branch : thanks Nicholas.i was just thinking that like a lot of abandoned rail lines,this one might have rail,bridges and equipment left behind.doesn't look like it though.thanks for the response Nicholas.
7 days ago