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Tye River to Massies Mill

States: Virginia      Railroads: VBR   

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Some Santa Fe units doing some switching. Photo by Tom Bridges.

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August 21, 2016: Long-time fans of this Abandoned Rails website will remember that I took a "sabbatical" of sorts back in 2013, and have not really updated the site since. While my passion for abandoned railroads and their history has never diminished, the time I afford to this website has, sad to say. It was nice to take a break (both physically and emotionally) from this website that is a labor of love, but perhaps it's time to get back in the saddle.

If you've sent me an email in the past couple of years, I apologize for not getting back with you. There are simply too many emails for me to devote my consideration and time to respond. Please know that I do read them.

I can't say that the website will be back to its former pace (wherein I was posting multiple abandonments a week), but hopefully the stirrings within me for this pasttime will be great enough this time for me to continue. We'll see.

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
Fort Worth, TX
Owner, AbandonedRails.com

This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Oroville Branch (Marysville to Oroville)
States: California   Railroads: SP   

Recent Comments

Jeff Morfit commented on Alexandria to Bluemont : Wow, I am really surprised that no one else has mentioned that the W&OD had the only grade crossing of an Interstate Highway in the entire U.S. It crossed the Henry G. Shirley Highway/I-95 just north of Shirlington Circle. There was a fatal collision…
About 5 hours ago

Jeff Morfit commented on Warrenton to East of Meetze : Before the NS merger, Southern ran several round trip steam specials from Alexandria over the Warrenton Branch. Usual power were 2-8-0's 722 or 630. Does anyone know any dates when these trips were run?
About 5 hours ago

Robert Benkelman commented on The Dunkirk, Allegheny Valley & Pittsburgh Railroad : I was down in Dunkirk the other day and decided to do some exploring. There is a section of the ROW that heads east toward Jamestown. It branches out off former NYC, across the former NPR and goes east, ending in Fredonia and serves local industry. The…
Earlier today

Del Griffith commented on Nacogdoches to Loeb : I remember hearing the SP trains roll through Colmesneil back in the 80's. We live on a lake less than a mile from where this line crossed FM 256. I miss hearing the sounds of those trains echoing across the lake.
Yesterday

Chelsi commented on Sumter to Mullins : is any part of the railroad accessible and inactive to use for senior pictures?
Yesterday

Tony Anderson commented on The Missouri and North Arkansas Railroad : The Buffalo River bridge piers near Gilbert are concrete, not stone. Rails dated 1902 lie in the water just below the bridge site. In 2010 I found a complete brake hose, including angle cock and broken train line, lying on the gravel bar above the…
2 days ago

Stephen Salamon commented on The Georgetown Branch : During 1978-79, I worked in one of the office buildings at Arlington, and got to observe the operations across the river at Georgetown. Service at that time was usually three days a week MWF with a crew out of Eckington Yard. On several occasions I had…
3 days ago

Robert L Henry commented on Lincoln to Union : born in nebraska city road the freight train from union to lincoln and back again Dad was station agent at several stations at different times weeping water ect one of the station agents shot holes in the floor at elm wood to drain the water after…
3 days ago

Ken Pryor commented on Saint Francisville to Paris : Good write up, but I don't think the Prairie Central existed yet in 1976. I remember them coming through our county back in the early 80's.
3 days ago

chris commented on Corsicana to Waco : Jim, the line in mcgregor is the santa fe. The old cotton belt line used to cross the santa fe at mcgregor. The santa fe line going east runs into temple. The old cotton belt line is gone from lehigh cement southwest of waco(richie) to gateville. I…
3 days ago

D. Nichols commented on Harrisburg to Everglades City : Robert Miller, Lee Tidewater had facilities at their location. Other than that, only water stops would have been along that route.Palmdale used to be a major point in the line as that is where it joined the main to Clewiston. If you want to see part of…
4 days ago

Jeff Bergner commented on Little Falls to Morris : I grew up north of Glenwood (Forada) MN and recalled seeing something like a BN GP9 and very short trains of a couple cars and caboose working the line near Villard in the late 70's when the line terminated there. I also remember seeing "extra" boxcars…
4 days ago

shane commented on Harrisburg to Everglades City : Here are some links that help clarify some things on this line. Scroll to page 23 of the pdf to see the 1949 timetable. The tracks remained in place to the Florida Rock Sunniland Mine at least until the early 80's because I remember crossing them in and…
4 days ago

Woody Sanderson commented on The Middle Tennessee and Alabama Railway : I grew up in Harvest where my father, born in 1916, lived all his life. He had memories of this line. I remember him telling me that Harvest was named for Early Harvest Apples grown in orchards there and transported on this rail line. I've never…
5 days ago

Woody Sanderson commented on The Middle Tennessee and Alabama Railway : I grew up in Harvest where my father, born in 1916, lived all his life. He had memories of this line. I remember him telling me that Harvest was named for Early Harvest Apples grown in orchards there and transported on this rail line. I've never…
5 days ago

Woody Sanderson commented on The Middle Tennessee and Alabama Railway : I grew up in Harvest where my father, born in 1916, lived all his life. He had memories of this line. I remember him telling me that Harvest was named for Early Harvest Apples grown in orchards there and transported on this rail line. I've never…
5 days ago

Woody Sanderson commented on The Middle Tennessee and Alabama Railway : I grew up in Harvest where my father, born in 1916, lived all his life. He had memories of this line. I remember him telling me that Harvest was named for Early Harvest Apples grown in orchards there and transported on this rail line. I've never…
5 days ago

Woody Sanderson commented on The Middle Tennessee and Alabama Railway : I grew up in Harvest where my father, born in 1916, lived all his life. He had memories of this line. I remember him telling me that Harvest was named for Early Harvest Apples grown in orchards there and transported on this rail line. I've never…
5 days ago

Woody Sanderson commented on The Middle Tennessee and Alabama Railway : I grew up in Harvest where my father, born in 1916, lived all his life. He had memories of this line. I remember him telling me that Harvest was named for Early Harvest Apples grown in orchards there and transported on this rail line. I've never…
5 days ago

Woody Sanderson commented on The Middle Tennessee and Alabama Railway : I grew up in Harvest where my father, born in 1916, lived all his life. He had memories of this line. I remember him telling me that Harvest was named for Early Harvest Apples grown in orchards there and transported on this rail line. I've never…
5 days ago

Woody Sanderson commented on The Middle Tennessee and Alabama Railway : I grew up in Harvest where my father, born in 1916, lived all his life. He had memories of this line. I remember him telling me that Harvest was named for Early Harvest Apples grown in orchards there and transported on this rail line. I've never…
5 days ago

Woody Sanderson commented on The Middle Tennessee and Alabama Railway : I grew up in Harvest where my father, born in 1916, lived all his life. He had memories of this line. I remember him telling me that Harvest was named for Early Harvest Apples grown in orchards there and transported on this rail line. I've never…
5 days ago

Woody Sanderson commented on The Middle Tennessee and Alabama Railway : I grew up in Harvest where my father, born in 1916, lived all his life. He had memories of this line. I remember him telling me that Harvest was named for Early Harvest Apples grown in orchards there and transported on this rail line. I've never…
5 days ago

Eric Zerkle commented on The Terre Haute and Indianapolis Railroad : The line between Greencastle and Ben Davis was abandoned around 1982 or so and removed soon after. The part between Greencastle and Limedale was left in until about 1985 when it was finally pulled. In Plainfield there is a trail built on the old ROW west…
6 days ago

Pres Greenman commented on South Dennis to Provincetown : Henry B. The local which was pretty much the only train using the branch (with the exception of a couple of excursions using RDCs)was powered by RS-2s and/or RS-3s, as a rule. Crossings were flagged even when warning by flashers was used. In the case of…
8 days ago

Don Fry commented on The Greeley Branch : I discovered this line while driving to Windsor. Its still pretty obvious there was a track bed there, Thanks to this website I know know what it was.
9 days ago

The Architect of Desire commented on The Placerville Branch : This class of railway lends itself to rebuilding, not to full DOT standards, but keeping the 'speeder' class of lightweight equipment. Work mancars, mining equipment, a range of coll- ectible equipment modded for general use. Property owners spared…
9 days ago

Henry B. commented on South Dennis to Provincetown : I can recall going on a picnic to Nauset Rock with my parents in the late 50's and seeing hopper cars in Eastham. They were picking up sand for the New Haven. Also, does anyone recall the crossing that was on the Mid Cape in the Harwich area? Once I had…
9 days ago

Jim Compton commented on Corsicana to Waco : The cottonbelt from corsicana abandoned in the 80s ran (slowly) near our house. I have a question. The line in McGregor is a pickup spot for Amtrac and the line runs east to some factories. Who ownes that line today ane is it the ols cotton belt line?…
10 days ago

Chris commented on Corsicana to Waco : We run on this line still west of waco and service lehigh cement at its farthest point. The track is 10mph and horrible. The old railroaders always said it went to gatesville and serviced an old bomb facility underground and terminated. The line into…
11 days ago

Chris commented on Corsicana to Hillsboro : The tracks are gone. I work for union pacific through hillsboro. We still use the old katy wye that went to dallas. Just like i-35 splits at hillsboro the tracks did too. The old cotton belt line crossed the katy and t&bv just north of the present fire…
11 days ago

Mr Bear commented on The Winfield Railroad : Yes. There are some abandoned structures along this line that I'd like to check out.
13 days ago