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Petosky to Mackinaw City

States: Michigan      Railroads: PRR, PC, GR&I, MNRy   

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From Lockhart Junction to Lockhart:

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Looking west down the ROW, with SC 9 to the right.

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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 associated pictures. Golden to Silver Plume
States: Colorado   Railroads: UP, C&S, BN   

Recent Comments

Scott Kunz commented on West Bend to Fond du Lac : D.Marks, Thanks! Sounds good! I also want to mention that I have posted some photos of current operations on the Westbend sub on Flickrhttps://flic.kr/p/D2hSnV if anyone is interested. There is also many others who have captured the C&NW,FVRW,WCL and…
Earlier today

D.Marks commented on West Bend to Fond du Lac : To Scott and Dan: If you want of discuss more about the Air Line, you can e-mail me at shocktester@hotmail.com if you so desire. Please leave some type of airline rail term because all new e-mails go to junk mail. I have a lot of info because I lived…
Earlier today

Jason.Learakos commented on The Chicago, Aurora and Elgin Railroad : 2 buildings and a small spur of track remain in Wheaton. The Hollywood stop on the elgin branch is now at the fox river trolley museum. The Batavia stop is still up, same with the prince crossing stop.
Yesterday

Jason.Learakos commented on The Chicago, Aurora and Elgin Railroad : 2 buildings and a small spur of track remain in Wheaton. The Hollywood stop on the elgin branch is now at the fox river trolley museum. The Batavia stop is still up, same with the prince crossing stop.
Yesterday

Jason.Learakos commented on The Chicago, Aurora and Elgin Railroad : 2 buildings and a small spur of track remain in Wheaton. The Hollywood stop on the elgin branch is now at the fox river trolley museum. The Batavia stop is still up, same with the prince crossing stop.
Yesterday

Scott Kunz commented on West Bend to Fond du Lac : Thanks everyone, I have enjoyed reading all the comments. I appreciate the conversation. Scott
Yesterday

Ray Buettner commented on The Walhonding Valley Branch : I have sent the author of this page, more images to back up the information from my first picture I sent to here. and other pictures of The Wally Road (Walhonding Valley Railroad)
Yesterday

Dan Sylvester commented on West Bend to Fond du Lac : Yes I remember Bob "Dinty" Moore and Ed "Shaky" Shultz. I worked with both of them. Both have past away. Most of us had nick names. Ed (Everett) retired off the same commuter run I did. He pulled the pin in 1977 I left in 2004. If you go to cnwvets.org…
Yesterday

D.Marks commented on Ringoes to Lambertville : Jacob: I just viewed on TV, a on "Tracks Ahead" about the BR&W line from Ringoes to Lambertville. Nice to see that up and running. I can't recall, but do they still run to Flemington?
Yesterday

D.Marks commented on West Bend to Fond du Lac : Dan; Would you remember a Robert(Bob)Moore? He worked on the way freight to Eden. He and I did TV repair work in Cudahy, WI. He lived in in St Francis, WI. I remember also a conductor, a Mr Shultz(spelling?), for what they called the Kenosha passenger…
Yesterday

Scott Kunz commented on West Bend to Fond du Lac : Dan,I went looking for and evidence of former switch into Libby's but found nothing. Libby's was razed some years ago. I did find the ties still in place at the Mill in Jackson but the switch and rails removed. I'm not sure when the Mill last received…
2 days ago

Scott Kunz commented on West Bend to Fond du Lac : D.Marks, I'm not sure either about the rail banking but I'm sure it is pretty safe to say it will probably remain a Recreation Trail. Thanks, I have really enjoyed this conversation.
2 days ago

Dan Sylvester commented on West Bend to Fond du Lac : The last time I worked the Way Freight was around 1985. RR's had been deregulated and single car shippers suffered most. The Air Line was all single care shippers. As I recall our last customers were the Quarry at Eden and also the cannery at Eden. The…
2 days ago

D.Marks commented on West Bend to Fond du Lac : Amtrak on that line died around the late 90's or early 2000's because rail condition did not meet Amtrak's specifications, plus redoing rails and roadbed was cost prohibitive. I also read that rail banking was dropped on that portion of ROW, I might be…
2 days ago

george oakley commented on The Perkiomen Branch : James,thanks for responding.I think i know which bridge you might be talking about.I am not sure because there are alot of abandoned bridges on this rail line and also on the PRR Schuykill rail line.I've also found an abandoned bridge off this rail line…
2 days ago

Walter Imhof commented on The Kenosha Division : Will, it was on the northeast side of W. Park Street in between Campbell and Jackman. Small field there now. Roundhouse looked to be a 2-3 stall structure that was there in the 30's through the 50's. It's gone by the mid 60's
2 days ago

Scott Kunz commented on West Bend to Fond du Lac : Dan,I can't even imagine seeing a train going 50mph or 79mph on this line..Wow! I thought I read that before the middle portion was removed, there was talk of Amtrak using the Air line to reach Fond du Lac and Green Bay via this route.
3 days ago

Scott Kunz commented on West Bend to Fond du Lac : Dale,You also brought up a good point about the fact that the Westbend sub could have helped relieve the Waukesha sub if it was left intact. I agree but wonder how that would work since the Westbend sub ends at Grandville? The traffic would have to be…
3 days ago

Scott Kunz commented on West Bend to Fond du Lac : Dale,I couldn't agree more! Especially since the WC seemed to have a "can do" business attitude. I often wonder how many customers were left without rail service between Edens and Westbend. I read in John Leopard's book "Wisconsin Central Heritage" vol.…
3 days ago

JL commented on Abandoned Rails of Nellis Air Force Base : I just recorded the segment of the Lovell Spur north of I-15 for the BLM. I have some good photos of the bridge half a mile northwest of where these photos were taken. Research showed it was built in 1941 when Nellis was commissioned. Would love to get…
3 days ago

Will commented on The Kenosha Division : I went down to that railroad model club in Argyle and it shows an old roundhouse down in Harvard. Where exactly would that be? They didnt have an exact date so i dont really know what time zone the roundhouse could have existed in.
3 days ago

Joshua Niederkohr commented on Ottawa Lake to Riga : Why can't Norfolk Southern pay to rebuild it? If I had money I would donate it to ADBF, and I would do labor myself. Get it done. Just Do It!!!
3 days ago

James Price commented on The Perkiomen Branch : Jason is talking about the bridge over the Perkiomen Creek, only a mile or so downstream from the Rail bridge. The line on to Reading was abandoned long before the connection to Devault. They recently tore out the rails from Phoenxville to just outside…
3 days ago

Dan Sylvester commented on West Bend to Fond du Lac : Speed limit on the Air line in 1967 was 79 for passenger and 50 for freight. (70 on curves) At MP 127 (2 miles north of Kewaskum) the speed dropped to 65 for passenger trains. Dan Sylvester, retired conductor.
3 days ago

george oakley commented on The Perkiomen Branch : Thanks James and Jason for your comments on this abandoned rail line i asked about.Now i know it isn't identified.James and Jason,i am very familiar with the Phoenixville to Devault rail line.Jason,you mentioned an old arch bridge.Where exactly are you…
3 days ago

Scott Sherman commented on Gary to Watertown : Line originally continued on northwest to the outlet of Lake Kampeska. Federal government deemed the railroad could not go that far, so the railroad tore up five miles of track back to the east side of the Big Sioux River and started Watertown. This was…
3 days ago

D. Marks commented on West Bend to Fond du Lac : Scott: Back around the late 50's or early 60's, the North Western laid heavier gauge track from Jackson or further south down the line, to as far north before Campbellsport. It looked like that they welded every other rail joint. I remember once I took…
3 days ago

Tim Christensen commented on Watertown to Leola : Leola to Long Lake was Aberdeen, Bismarck & North Western which graded the entire distance but never laid a rail. AB&NW chartered in 1883, lay defunct and was acquired by MStPSSM in 1888. Soo railed Ashley to Bismark by 1902. Mound City & Eastern graded…
3 days ago

Scott Kunz commented on West Bend to Fond du Lac : Dale,That is probably the case. A few months ago I just noticed a more consistence slower speed. The tracks from Rusco Rd to Jackson are in decent shape(I hiked that portion of the line) from what I can tell. I found two ties with 83 and 87 branded into…
4 days ago

Jason M. commented on The Perkiomen Branch : "After crossing the high bridge back into Phoenixville it picked up the Phoenixville Branch of the PRR headed south to Default to the connection with the Penn-Central (Conrail) Mainline." It also went west following the river, through Reading, and…
4 days ago

Scott commented on West Bend to Fond du Lac : Thanks for the information Berry! I really appreciate it. It is also good to see Gehl's finally get some inbound hopper loads! Keep up the good work L507!
4 days ago

James Price commented on The Perkiomen Branch : George, that is the old Pennsylvania RR Schuylkill Division Mainline!. They connected it with the Perkiomen so it could cross the River and connect with the N&S (old Reading Mainline. After crossing the high bridge back into Phoenixville it picked up the…
4 days ago