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Abandonment of the Week

Waters to West Point

States: Mississippi      Railroads: SR, ICG, CAGY, GC&B, GDC&RF, GPRW   

This abandoned route has historical information.This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated pictures.
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From Boise City, OK to Clayton, NM:

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Piers remain and are in tact at the Beaver River crossing. Photo by Dr. James H. Olsen, Jr., PE, January 2011.

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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 a map.This abandoned route has associated pictures. The Oxford and Clarksville Railroad (Clarksville, VA to Oxford, NC)
States: North Carolina, Virginia   Railroads: NS, SR, O&C, VSRR   

Recent Comments

emanuel collier commented on Bloomington to Jacksonville : the line is also still use as a side track from where it branches off the current main line (the former GM&O track) to the customer that UP now owns it and serves (cargill)
About 3 hours ago

Tim Blackwell commented on The Great Southwest Railroad : Mike, thanks for reaching out. I'm looking forward to seeing the items you donated to the museum. I did an article on the GSW in 1984 when I was a cub reporter for the Arlington Citizen-Journal. I met with a top official, I believe, and think it may have…
Yesterday

Michael Lowe commented on The Great Southwest Railroad : I used to talk to a clerk on the GSW, when I was working for the MKT in either Ft Worth or Dallas. I think the MKT or OKT interchanged to them. Did the GSW have an employee timetable, special instructions or a map of their industries for the crews to…
Yesterday

Phillip Kennedy commented on The Middle Tennessee and Alabama Railway : Clayton, could you please submit the old photo's you have to the site manager's email at the bottom of this page? I would surely LOVE to see them, as would anyone else on this page!
Yesterday

Greg McGaha commented on The Williamsport Branch : The Williamsport branch was in fact the western terminus of the Western Maryland Railroad prior to the construction of the Hagerstown to Cumberland main in the early 1900's. The branch left the WM mainline at P.V. Jct. just NW of Williamsport. It served…
2 days ago

Robert L Grove commented on Denver to Greeley : Very interested in this McKeen Motor car operator. I am modeling the #1 Greeley car in HO. Does anyone have drawings or photographs of either #1 or #2 they are willing to share?
2 days ago

Paul Gronemeier commented on Abandoned Rails of Addison : Here's a link I found that has a b&w pic of the frt depot in 1964. It's been well over 30+ years since I've been been in that area. But I remember in the late 60's and 70's the tracks being rusted. But from the comments here, I guess it wasn't abandoned.…
3 days ago

Lee M. commented on Abandoned Rails of Addison : Looking back at 1950's arial pics @ North Ave there was actually a Y with tracks running accross the formerly Dominicks parking lot.
3 days ago

Rev. Jonathan Spurlock commented on The Evansville, Mount Carmel and Northern Railroad : Just curious, was this the line used for car storage up until a few years ago (perhaps)? I remember seeing a very weed-grown track just a few miles into Indiana, as I was heading east. Now a lot of the rails are gone, but the road still seems to be in…
3 days ago

Rev. Jonathan Spurlock commented on The Ferdinand Railroad : I remember seeing a picture of the "Betty Sue", the (only?) diesel owned by the Ferdinand. The line was so well known, even the desk clerk at a Corydon, IN, motel knew about it. Whatever happened to "Betty Sue"? IIRC, that unit was a GE 45-tonner with…
3 days ago

Robert Johnson commented on Alexandria to Eunice : This line ran behind my grandparents' home in Lecompte. They lived on the west side of Railroad Avenue near the old Lecompte High School. I remember seeing and hearing the train come thru back in the early to mid 60's and walking across the trestle next…
3 days ago

Lewis commented on Passenger Station : The Downtown Fire Department in Harlingen Texas to be exact.
3 days ago

Lewis commented on Passenger Station : Allan, I beg to differ. The depot was up until 2011. It was located next to the Fire Department in Harlingen. You may be referring to a previous depot. Not this one that was razed in the past few years.
3 days ago

Michael G. Blank commented on Abandoned Rails of Niles : Tim....you need to come up to the white st. and Thomson rd. Intersection. Approximately 400 feet south of the intersection is a bridge that spanned over part of the classification yard. It is the last of its kind in the world. It is concrete and…
4 days ago

Tim commented on Abandoned Rails of Niles : I need to get some pictures of the bridges and load them, they're the best part.
4 days ago

Tim commented on Abandoned Rails of Niles : I need to get some pictures of the bridges and load them, they're the best part.
4 days ago

Allan Gilbert commented on Passenger Station : The depot was offered to the city but they didn't buy it, razed in 1975 (and Not by the UP).
5 days ago

Mark Kerr commented on Williamsport, PA to Elmira, NY : All, I need your help. I am desperate for any information and pictures of the telegraph office in Columbia Cross Roads, PA. We have located the original building. It is still sanding. It will be moved to the Heritage Museum in Troy and will house my…
6 days ago

John Orr commented on Williamsport, PA to Elmira, NY : Gary: From what I can remember, of what structures that were still left around here when I was growing up, they were an off Gray color but try contacting this gentleman. His name is Albert Giannantonio. He is or was the president of the Friends of the…
6 days ago

Mike Ameigh commented on Williamsport, PA to Elmira, NY : Hi, Gary. Great to learn a telegraph shack survives. I recall very vaguely that Elmira Branch trackside structures were painted a greenish gray color. Probably from the same batch used to paint bridges and battleships.
7 days ago

Gary Pierce commented on Williamsport, PA to Elmira, NY : Mike Ameigh, John Orr or anybody? My son and I moved a 6' X 8' shack from near Xrds down to Alba to be refurbished. It is a RR telegraph shack. Not real bad shape. What color would it have been painted. My guess, no paint ever. Does anyone know. Probably…
7 days ago

Edwin barron jr commented on The Missouri and North Arkansas Railroad : Does anyone know if an individual could buy the depot from the lumber co . The depot would remain at least 60% original to its present state of originality . It would be totally refurbished . I love trains . I would use it as a part time vacation home.…
7 days ago

Edwin barron jr commented on The Missouri and North Arkansas Railroad : Does anyone know if an individual could buy the depot from the lumber co . The depot would remain at least 60% original to its present state of originality . It would be totally refurbished . I love trains . I would use it as a part time vacation home.…
7 days ago

Robert Piper commented on Manumuskin to Maurice River : I have walked the Dorchester line until the swamp and I did not get to the bridge.The maurice town line is torn up in spots but some of the line is intact and also did not reach the cross over bridge. I have an old map with the tracks from Port Elizabeth…
8 days ago

Jon Adams commented on Findlay to Deshler : Easement or Title www.trulia.com is a real estate site which has a map feature --- that if you zoom in ---- will show the property lines on the satellite view
12 days ago

Jon Adams commented on Findlay to Deshler : Easement or Title www.trulia.com is a real estate site which has a map feature --- that if you zoom in ---- will show the property lines on the satellite view
12 days ago

Jon Adams commented on Findlay to Deshler : Easement or Title www.trulia.com is a real estate site which has a map feature --- that if you zoom in ---- will show the property lines on the satellite view
12 days ago

Jon Adams commented on Findlay to Deshler : Easement or Title www.trulia.com is a real estate site which has a map feature --- that if you zoom in ---- will show the property lines on the satellite view
12 days ago

Trevor commented on Plano to McKinney : Nicholas, you're correct that DART owns the right-of-way between Parker Road Station and McKinney's CBD. However, Allen, Fairview, and McKinney are not contributing DART member cities, so DART can't extend the Red Line any further north. This…
12 days ago

alan commented on The Mexia-Nelleva Cutoff : chris, They crossed north of the existing road crossings, NW of the courthouse. There's some concrete foundations left. The Katy was 2-track, the TBV and another line from Corsicana were single track and all crossed at that point.
12 days ago

David Kates commented on Cincinnati to London : The C & X Branch was a interesting line. First time in early '70 I walked the line from Red Bank to E. Clare. (End of double track eastward). PC was running a passenger train that usually ran in the mornings. Always a E-8 and a coach. By the time school…
13 days ago

Jon Adams commented on The Fort Wayne Line : there are old maps of NW Ohio that show the PROPOSED line that was NEVER built. In Wood County there is a small town ---- Jerry City ---- whose layout still shows how the railroad would have gone through town.
14 days ago