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Abandonment of the Week

Suncook to Center Barnstead
(The Suncook Valley Railroad)

States: New Hampshire      Railroads: B&M, SVRR, SVERR   

This abandoned route has historical information.This abandoned route has a map.
Railroad of the Week
Picture of the Day

From Manumuskin to Maurice River:

Random Picture of the Day

Paved-over grade crossing in Dorchester. Photo by Mike Palmer.

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STB Filings: 43

Historic ICC Filings: 604

Railroad Companies: 1,334

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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 associated ICC filings. The Rochester Branch (Hindsale to Wadsworth Junction)
States: New York   Railroads: PRR   

Recent Comments

Albert commented on Lakewood to Winslow Junction : Point of clarification-My comments refer to the stretch of the Southern Secondary through the Pine Barrens between Lakewood and Winslow Junction.
About 3 hours ago

Albert commented on Lakewood to Winslow Junction : Why all of these "warnings" all of a sudden? I'm almost certain there've been no railcars south of Lakewood since the 80's. In fact, Clayton owns the Right-of-Way from to Woodmansie, and NJ Transit south of Route 72. Cape May Seashore Lines has a…
About 4 hours ago

george oakley commented on Lakewood to Winslow Junction : I don't know of any rail cars.All i know from what i saw on the video was an abandoned bridge over rte. 72 and rail.As for warning me,i can read no trespassing signs and i do not trespass on private property like i said.Also my family worked the Reading…
About 4 hours ago

Dale commented on The Beechtree Branch : Which abandoned lines in western Pa are rideable? I'm retiring and want to find one to ride.
Yesterday

M. commented on Lakewood to Winslow Junction : If you see this, THE TRAIN CARS ARE NOT ABANDONED AND ARE PRIVATELY OWNED. Do not trespass! If you visit without permission from the owner, you can and will be prosecuted.
Yesterday

M. commented on Lakewood to Winslow Junction : If you see this, THE TRAIN CARS ARE NOT ABANDONED AND ARE PRIVATELY OWNED. Do not trespass! If you visit without permission from the owner, you can and will be prosecuted.
Yesterday

David Kates commented on The Mad River & Lake Erie Railroad : Visited Carey in late '82. The NYC at that time was still in service south to Forest where it connected (Hand throw switch) with the Ft. Wayne Line. WYCR-01 from Crestline would venture up the Carey Secondary several times a week. By the following year…
Yesterday

george oakley commented on Lakewood to Winslow Junction : Thanks Anon and Delsea Storm.I was just commenting on the video,not thinking of actually trespassing on private property.If property isn't posted private property as such,how do people know?
Yesterday

Fred Allison commented on Paris, TN to Paducah, KY : This would be a great pathway for a bike route. The government should think about it as a great resource and stop destroying the ROW. It would be a great tourist attraction.
Yesterday

JoEllen McBurney commented on Liberal to Molalla : I remember our swimming hole on the Molalla River that we called the Logging Bridge, It was about one mile from Liberal. On week days there were a lot of huge logging trucks traveling on the road. in the 60's there were signs saying "Private Road" and it…
Yesterday

JoEllen McBurney commented on Oregon City to Mount Angel : Our driveway, South McBurney Road was a former railway bed. When we moved to the farm in 1949 the Depot was still standing. 1/4 mile north of Leland Road. It was a very dangerous old building and was not torn down until 1960.
Yesterday

Oscar commented on The Beetox Branch : Looking at Google maps, it looks like it probably went to Limoneria company along Cummings road. You can see a faint dirt trail curve near the plant.
2 days ago

Pat c commented on Lakewood to Winslow Junction : The rails are being installed and ties removed ahead of them down Pasadena rd past mt. Misery rd, Clayton is just beyond the crossing on Pasadena so it looks like it may be coming to pass sooner then later. Let's hope so I think it would be a good idea,…
2 days ago

Delsea Storm commented on Lakewood to Winslow Junction : The abandoned trains in Winslow NJ are on private property. Respect the owner. Do not trespass. You can be arrested and prosecuted.
2 days ago

Michael Laine commented on The Angels Branch : Does anybody have the address of the Sierra Raiload depot at Angels Camp? I can't seem to figure out where the railroad yard ran through town. Thanks
2 days ago

Anon commented on Lakewood to Winslow Junction : These trains are private property. There is a man who owns these trains and it is his business. People trespass and violate the property, and anybody caught in the premise will be arrested. I know of individuals who have faced these consequences, so…
2 days ago

Anon commented on Lakewood to Winslow Junction : These trains are private property. There is a man who owns these trains and it is his business. People trespass and violate the property, and anybody caught in the premise will be arrested. I know of individuals who have faced these consequences, so…
2 days ago

Anon commented on Lakewood to Winslow Junction : These trains are private property. There is a man who owns these trains and it is his business. People trespass and violate the property, and anybody caught in the premise will be arrested. I know of individuals who have faced these consequences, so…
2 days ago

Peter Jelito commented on The West Side Lumber Company Railroad : My posted comments of 5-7-12 refers to a turntable as shown in picture #14. Apparently another picture was added and the turn table is actually shown in view #15
2 days ago

Jan Smith commented on Yates City to Dunfermline : The track from Canton north to Farmington was torn out in 2017. Currently have stacks of ties here and there which too will soon be gone.
2 days ago

Jan Smith commented on Yates City to Dunfermline : The track from Canton north to Farmington was torn out in 2017. Currently have stacks of ties here and there which too will soon be gone.
2 days ago

Tyler Bundy commented on East Peoria to Maroa : I saw one of the last trains on this line from my grandparents backyard. I seem to remember an N&W Geep (GP35?) leading a short train of mostly little white tankcars. They were moving very slowly, rocking down the rickety track. It was the only train I…
2 days ago

Tyler Bundy commented on Cullom to Herscher : When I was last there in 2009, the rails were still in place between Cullom and Kempton, but considered out-of-service and used for car storage. There is a wye out in the field between Cullom and Kempton that once connected to the now-abandoned IC line…
3 days ago

Tyler Bundy commented on Freeport to Centralia : The line is in place through Decatur, IL, as the CN yard is part of this line. At one time, this now-abandoned route was THE main line! How fortunes change. A baggage room from the old IC station is still standing near the Wabash Depot, as well as the IC…
3 days ago

Tyler Bundy commented on Freeport to Centralia : In Decatur, the line is abandoned north of Mound Road, used as a tail track for the north end of the CN Yard. For many years after the line was abandoned elsewhere, the section north of Decatur remained to connect with the (in order of succession)…
3 days ago

Tyler Bundy commented on Freeport to Centralia : Several miles of track extend north of Clinton, IL, to the grain elevators at Wapella and Heyworth. The CN shoves grain trains to Heyworth to be loaded. In Clinton, the site of the large yard north of town became Thrall Car, and later Trinity. They were…
3 days ago

James commented on Coleman to Auburndale : This is now a paved recreation trail
5 days ago

Raf commented on Lake Monroe to Winter Garden : Part of the ROW displayed in the photos has since been paved over and is now a bi ACL right-of-way near Bear Lake Road on the edge of Altamonte Springs has since been paved over and is now part of a bike path.
7 days ago

J. White commented on The Valley Railroad : There is a good picture of the Timber Ridge Depot here:http://www.usgwarchives.net/va/photo/rockbridge/timberridge_b-o.jpg and of the Poor House Road Tunnel here: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/489625790712621429/
8 days ago

David Pharr commented on The R Line : The R line was first abandoned around Raymond. The Man of War ran the line to Raymond hopped on the line to Newnan and then the A&WP to East Point where it got back on the Central to Terminal Station at Spring St. There was a lumber yard that did a heavy…
9 days ago

Kelly McClanahan commented on Yates Center to Southeast of Yates Center : After careful study, I think I have determined the route of this line. There was a wye, roughly a quarter of a mile west of RT 75 and and old rail crossing (just north of W Rutledge ST). The line takes a southerly heading, and turns to the west and cross…
9 days ago

Kelly McClanahan commented on Yates Center to Southeast of Yates Center : After careful study, I think I have determined the route of this line. There was a wye, roughly a quarter of a mile west of RT 75 and and old rail crossing (just north of W Rutledge ST). The line takes a southerly heading, and turns to the west and cross…
9 days ago