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Machias to Silver Springs

States: New York      Railroads: B&O, R&S, R&SL, R&P, BR&P, CS   

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GARR switcher #907 in Atlanta, GA. Photo by Bill Folsom, December 1975.

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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.

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Greg Harrison
Haslet, TX
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This abandoned route has a map. Orleans to West Baden Springs
States: Indiana   Railroads: CI&L   

Recent Comments

josh deutsch commented on The Llanfair Branch : Disregard the post from a few minutes ago. There are 2 bridges. Only one is still active why the other has had the tracks taken out.
About 4 hours ago

josh deutsch commented on The Llanfair Branch : George, i need you to post the map link so i can tell if it is 2 or 1 bridge.
About 4 hours ago

george oakley commented on The Llanfair Branch : Thanks Josh for the information.Looking at google satellite are there 2 bridges or 1 that are abandoned?Looks like 2 to me.
About 4 hours ago

Rose Mary Foster commented on Peoria to Springfield : I wonder if this is the railroad when you go into Riverside Park and go straight ahead and you run into an abandoned train bridge over the river going it looks like from the north to south. I wondered where it went through Springfield, Illinois to.
Yesterday

josh deutsch commented on The Llanfair Branch : It is still active next to the Beaver Creek. It would be on the opposite side of Seesetown Rd and cross the South Folk Little Conemaugh River.
Yesterday

Leslie Persons commented on The Butler Branch : I found this article, orphanage long gone...http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~paorph/stpauls/butler1877.htm
2 days ago

george oakley commented on The Butler Branch : Leslie,is there any records on this orphanage you are referring to or if it is still there?
2 days ago

george oakley commented on Chambersburg to Shippensburg : Brent,it possibly could be used for freight like i said.I'm wondering is it possible to use the rail for tourist trains or is it too short of a distance?
2 days ago

Dennis Alberson commented on The Abandoned Taylor Yard : I have several comments above but don't see a way to reply. I worked LA for 20 yrs as Switchman, CRO, Herder, Yard Forman and Main Line Tower operator. I don't remember a green herders light. In the day we did use green flags. Also I forgot to mention…
3 days ago

Henry Brown commented on Durango, CO to Farmington, NM : Could Indian tribes build there own energy storage system using old rail lines? ARES Railroad storage of excess wind/solar electricity on abandoned railroads. http://www.aresnorthamerica.com/
3 days ago

Brent commented on Chambersburg to Shippensburg : Im not sure what their intentions are for it but as far as i know the rails are usable
3 days ago

MBennett commented on Rossville Junction to Slidell : I believe this to be the former CE&I, L&N, CSX looking south/west toward Henning at the crossing of country road E.3200 North Road. It was never a mainline. I believe it only to be an access route to the power plant, several grain silos and access for…
3 days ago

Florence Rye commented on The Sarasota Subdivision : Back in the 1940's, there was a small railroad station on Tallavast Road, in Manatee County, called Matoka. We shipped fruit from there all the time. Also, the celery from local celery farms was shipped from there also. Now there is no mention of this…
3 days ago

george oakley commented on The Perkiomen Branch : Jason,just saw a picture in The Reading Eagle this morning that showed a steam engine being used on the Colebrookedale rail line which was part of Boyertowns 150th year celebration.Also i saw that caboose i was asking about hooked up behind the…
3 days ago

Andy commented on The Prescott and Arizona Central Railroad : Last month, we went over to Seligman and found the first ten miles of the P&AC RR grade, into the OO Ranch area. I made a GoogleEarth .kmz folder that maps the first 3.5 miles, with Placemarks showing where we found artifacts. You can download it from…
4 days ago

track finder commented on The Popes Creek Branch : The coumty is planning to make another hiker biker trail.
4 days ago

Jim Cubie commented on The Charleston Subdivision : Okatie is right near Bluffton SC. I am interested in the line that ran through Okatie. It is now a linear hiking-biking trail. At one time it crossed out community. We are thinking of rebuilding our model railroad using it as a proto-type.
4 days ago

steve commented on The Glen Ellen Branch : The route through Sonoma Developmental Center shows the track on the NE side of Trestle Glen Drive near "Blooms". (The nursery within SDC, visible by the green awnings in the satellite image). However, there are still remains from what appears to be a…
4 days ago

Leslie Persons commented on The Butler Branch : I understand there use to be a RR that ran through what is now Cranberry Twp, through a little area called Glen Eden. There was suppose to be an orphanage near the track. The train did not stop except twice a year to bring in supplies to the orphanage.…
5 days ago

JohnRobert Fox commented on The Santa Monica Air Line : They need bring back the Venice short line ,the Santa Ana line ,the Santa Monica via Beverly Hills line ,the Pasadena short line the San Bernardino line .To be exact they to bring back all of pacific electric Most of all the Glendale / burbank subway…
6 days ago

JohnRobert Fox commented on The Inglewood Branch : Hey TJ ! The locomotive you are talking was a southern pacific sw1 type switcher ! Also sw9's were also used !Also in the later years gp 9's were also used . In true pacific electric days 1500 and 1600 steeple cab electric locomotives were used ! Even…
6 days ago

george oakley commented on Chambersburg to Shippensburg : Brent,is it possible they could use it for freight?
6 days ago

brent commented on Chambersburg to Shippensburg : A portion of the old track between wilson collage and cumberland highway (PA rt 997) are now owned by a company called the Pennsylvania & Southern Railroad. Im not sure what the intentions are for the track.
7 days ago

brent commented on Chambersburg to Shippensburg : A portion of the old track between wilson collage and cumberland highway (PA rt 997) are now owned by a company called the Pennsylvania & Southern Railroad. Im not sure what the intentions are for the track.
7 days ago

Aj commented on Beardsley to Browns Valley : Agree with the previous poster about the line running to Lake Traverse. Historic Mapworks records the line extended to the south eastern shore of Lake Traverse in Traverse county maps dated 1925 and 1930. (Where Hwy 27 is now) Anyone have any idea what…
7 days ago

Cheryl Gajowski commented on The Cherry Valley Branch : Thanks for the work. I grew up, from about 1951 to 1960, an a farm on Rte 2O, west of Sharon Springs ( & Leesville/Lynk Rd) where the track passed through the back fields (and my grandfather owned the stone farm shown on map). I remember seeing a some…
7 days ago

Reed Judy commented on The Parkersburg Branch : I am interested in building a model railroad modeling portions of this route and would appreciate any information about the line including pictures, engines in the steam to diesel transition. All information and references would be helpful.
8 days ago

Mark Randolph commented on Cotter to Carrollton : Are there any updates on the soy powder plant near Cotter/the north end of this former line? It looked like the BNSF had done dirt work to build a circle switch track around the plant.
8 days ago

george oakley commented on The Llanfair Branch : Thanks Joshua for the information.I do have a question though.Is the rail line next to the abandoned bridge i saw and am asking about active?Looks like it is when looking at google maps.
8 days ago

Marty H commented on Lansing to Owosso : I live in the house next to the trestle Dennis spoke of! It's dated 1927. Still very solid to this day
9 days ago

Joshua J Long commented on The Llanfair Branch : You may possibly located the bridge for the Scalp Level Branch maybe.
9 days ago

george oakley commented on The Reading and Columbia Railroad : As per an article printed in the Reading Eagle on 5-17-16 East Penn Railroad LLC will receive $570,000 to rehabilitate the Lancaster Northern line including tie replacement and resurfacing.If i'm not mistaken from the description in the paper it's the…
9 days ago