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Vale to Brogan
(The Brogan Branch)

States: Oregon      Railroads: UP, OSL, MRR, O-WR&N   

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A unit auto-rack train proceeds across the diamonds at Saginaw, TX. Photo by Greg Harrison, December 2006.

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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. Wildwood to Tavares
States: Florida   Railroads: SAL, FC&P, L&IR, FR&NC   

Recent Comments

Charles R Kentch commented on Rapid City to Mitchell : Funding is available and materials are being delivered to extend the Dakota Southern from Chamberlain, SD to Presho, SD. Work will start this year. Ground has already been broken at Kennebec, SD for a new grain handling facility. Hope my father is…
Yesterday

Scottie Giese commented on Abandoned Rails of Fresno : I've been meaning to post this but have been forgetting. However, as of about a month ago, when I noticed it, the lone cross buck is no longer there. Work is being done on the sidewalk/road (some construction company project with the buildings there) and…
Yesterday

Christa Cannon commented on The Oklahoma City, Ada and Atoka Railway : Marilyn, I believe your dad is my great-grand uncle (making you my 1st cousin, twice removed). It's been several months since anyone's posted here, so I'm hoping somebody sees this! I would love any and EVERY bit of information anyone can provide about…
3 days ago

Larry Baldridge commented on Cheneyville to Opelousas : I lived in Opelousas right by the tracks..and SP spent a ton of mobey updating the line with fresh Ballast, and changed every crosstie from Washington to Chenyville ...but to no avail the line was in worse shape after that...they had several derailments…
3 days ago

Scott MacDonald commented on The Annapolis and Elkridge Railroad : @Randy Soop, there is some abandoned remains of the A&E rail here in Odenton, not sure about Ellicott City though.
3 days ago

Clifford Prather commented on The Tustin Branch : Shortly after the UP merged the SP into its railroad, the crossing of the Metrolink (formerly Santa Fe)Olive Subdivision at CP Katella (Marlboro) was removed. The plan was for a connection to be built at CP Katella to permit UP trains to access the…
3 days ago

Scott commented on The Fairport Branch : Thank you for posting that article. It's great to know that this line will be up and running by mid-June with two locomotives.
4 days ago

Greg J commented on Chicago to Northbrook : Grady... THANK YOU for that great find. I grew up there and always knew about the old bridge supports. My mom, who grew up in Evanston, has always maintained there was a rail line along what's now Old Orchard Rd., and there used to be an old wooden…
4 days ago

Grady Foster commented on Chicago to Northbrook : Here are a couple of links to background and pics of the North Shore and Western Railway, which went out Old Orchard Road from Evanston to Glen View Club, intersecting the North Shore line. Here is a pictorial follow up on the trolley line that once ran…
4 days ago

Grady Foster commented on Chicago to Northbrook : Here are a couple of links to background and pics of the North Shore and Western Railway, which went out Old Orchard Road from Evanston to Glen View Club, intersecting the North Shore line. Here is a pictorial follow up on the trolley line that once ran…
4 days ago

Lee Silvi commented on The Fairport Branch : There is an article about the line in today's local newspaper. http://www.news-herald.com/general-news/20150522/commerce-to-roll-once-again-as-lake-county-railroad-line-restoration-nears-completion
4 days ago

Lee Silvi commented on The Fairport Branch : I was in Painesville and Grand River two days ago. They are actively doing track maintenance in that area, to reopen it to Morton Salt. Wednesday, May 20, they were by Rutherfords replacing ties, etc. I took a few pictures.
5 days ago

Tom Fetters commented on Greenville to River Falls : Can anyone find where "DRAKE" SC was located beyond River Falls?
6 days ago

John commented on Greenville to River Falls : Looking for good photo of the railroad trestle that crossed the Richland Creek near Cleveland Park in Greenville, SC. Played around that trestle while growing up in the 1950s.
6 days ago

Willis Ford commented on The Charleston Subdivision : To Mr Rhodes the man who wrote this article has pictures of Stono 1 on his flicker account, and yes trains are going over the bridge. I have only scene one picture of stone 2. It is in the Johns Island local book that you can get at barns and nobel.
7 days ago

John Boal commented on Riverside Junction to West Riverside : On a 1918 Fireman's Fund map I found a place called "Galloway", just west of Wineville, barely in Riverside Co. at the San Bernardino Co. line. In fact it was 2.2 miles west of Wineville, along the S.P. L.A./S.L. R.R. I am unable to find any reference to…
7 days ago

Brad B. commented on Chicago to Northbrook : Hey Everyone- We've now lost one of the last remnants of the Milwaukee/St. Paul line, the old bloomingdale line- now being converted to a trail and the south end of M/SP line on kingsbury is being torn up. Also, th eelgin freight line crossing route…
7 days ago

Brian commented on Chicago to Northbrook : Tim, thanks for linking to that film. I'm a runner and I've been using the trails along the ROW for years, which is probably one of the reasons that I have developed such a fascination (obsession) with the North Shore Line. One comment about the film -…
7 days ago

Mr.Robert J.Hayes commented on Fort Worth to Waco : Hello; My name is Mr.Robert J.Hayes of Dallas,Texas.I am a movie Director,Writer and Actor.I am looking for old abandon rail road stations around in the Collion County area that is for sell with rail road tracks out in the front of it.If you have any…
8 days ago

Robert J.Hayes commented on The Port Bolivar and Iron Ore Railroad : Yes,My name is Mr.Robert J.Hayes out of Dalllas ,Texas I am a Movie Director,Writer,Actor.I am interested in this location for a future that I will be directing and making into a movie in the future called,Hell Express.What I would like to know does the…
8 days ago

Kevin W. Brownlie commented on The East Broad Top Railroad : Unfortunately the EBT is OOS for now, although the Friends of the EBT RR are slowly working to restore service along the portion last used by the EBT.
11 days ago

Kevin W. Brownlie commented on The South Pennsylvania Railroad : Update: The PA Turnpike Commission is going to re-align the PA Turnpike at the Allegheny Mountain Tunnel, creating another section of the "Abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike". This is good news for South Penn RR fans, as we will have another section of…
11 days ago

Skip commented on The Eastern Division : A few years ago, there was a study to see if it was feasable to extend the commuter rail from Newburyport to Portsmouth. The old abandoned swing bridge over the Merrimac River was surveyed and found to be in good condition with the exception of the draw…
11 days ago

Chris Poole commented on Waverly to Elmira : Does anybody have information on which railroads served or passed though Corning? My grandfather worked for one of them in the 20's and 30's but I have no idea which would have been around then.
12 days ago

Mark Kerr commented on Williamsport, PA to Elmira, NY : Roundhouses link...http://1stclass.mylargescale.com/Scottychaos/roundhouses/ http://www.railroad.net/forums/viewtopic.php?f=128&t=157615 Kerrma57@Gmail.com
13 days ago

CJK commented on The Second District of the AT&SF : The tracks never paralled Sierra Madre, those tracks were the PE Sierra Madre Line with a crossing at Walnut. There were also several otter lines in East Pasadena, including an line up Rosemead that might have been SP or PE. also a strange cutoff build…
13 days ago

Jeff Hall commented on Atlanta to Fort Valley : This is great history! I am about to open "The Railroad CafĂ©" in Fort Valley, GA in the old 1901 passenger depot. I am sharing this link and much more railroad history on my Facebook Page as I come across it from now on.…
14 days ago

Dennis James Gergel Jr. commented on The Sarasota Subdivision : The Florida Railroad Museum The Florida Railroad Museum operates on a six mile railroad line between Parrish and Willow. It was founded in 1981 as the Florida Gulf Coast Railroad Museum. Since 1992, it has been offering one hour and a half excursions on…
14 days ago

Roger Scroggins commented on East Alton to Hillsboro : I lived in Bunker Hill and our house was near the elevator in town. We moved to the house in the mid 60's and I could watch the switching at the elevator from my bedroom window. At that point in time, Bunker Hill was the "end of the line" and the train…
14 days ago

Ben G. commented on Williamsport, PA to Elmira, NY : I came across maps from 1904 showing the PRR Roundhouse, but have not been able to find photos of the roundhouse itself. Has anyone been able to find photographs?
14 days ago

Norm Andresen commented on Medford to Butte Falls : Do you have any maps showing the location(s) of the line from Butte Falls to Medford? Please let me know
15 days ago

Paul Wenning commented on Sandusky to Newark : I used to live in Butler, and I remember the sad, sad day in 1987 when CSX began to tear up the tracks through Bellville and Butler. There is a nice truss bridge (intact) at Bellville, and girder bridges over the Clear Fork just north of Butler and…
15 days ago