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Abandonment of the Week

Sulphur Springs to New Castle

States: Indiana      Railroads: CR, N&W, HCRR   

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From Owensboro to Moorman:

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This restored L&N caboose sits in a park in Livermore, KY, and pays tribute to the former line. Photo by Howard E. Espravnik, 2004.

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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 associated ICC filings. Victoria to Beeville
States: Texas   Railroads: GH&SA, SP   

Recent Comments

J.R. Welsh commented on The Sunset Railroad : I'm not sure of the dates but the previous information on the joint SP Santa fe ownership is correct. I was out that way alot in the mid to late 90's doing signal work. I think when we turned it back over to the SP/UP they were last class 1 maintenance…
About 2 hours ago

W Fries commented on Keymar to Union Bridge : I walked part of this right away a few years go. Just out side of union bridge you can see the right away very well threw the woods, its about 6'-8' fill. When it crosses the creek by good intent road, you can see where they drove sheet pile into the…
About 4 hours ago

Greg Skinner commented on The Vasona Branch : In this aerial view of Stanford Industrial Park (sometime during the late 1950s or early 1960s), the Vasona Branch line crosses El Camino Real, then angles southwest towards the foothills. The Bol Park bike path was built along the right of way.…
About 4 hours ago

Whitney commented on Griffith to Lake Station : Drove over it today, the tracks have been removed but you can see where they used to be.
Earlier today

Gary Hampton commented on The Gulf and Brazos Valley Railroad : Peck City was NOT where Bennet is today. It was just East of where the T&P Railway crossed Rock creek, about halfway between Bennet and Millsap.The east part of the wye was visable in the 1970's , the west leg was washed away by Rock creek. All is on…
Earlier today

Opie commented on The Plainville Branch : There is still a 2 mile stretch in Lincoln Kansas that still has activity. The K&O uses to access the Farmway Co-Op. The diamond and gate in Lincoln where the Plainville Brach crossed the AT&SF (now K&O) is still intact with the UP rails removed. The…
Yesterday

Cole commented on Weverton to Roxbury : CSX Should have Exempted the line because when I cross the tracks, no trains at sight
Yesterday

Kim commented on The Wilkes-Barre and Eastern Railroad : As info, in 2016, Pocono Township is observing its 200th birthday with a series of events, as well as creating lasting evidence of the bicentennial by converting the Mountain View Park Community Center into a "Heritage Center". The July 17th event at the…
Yesterday

Mark Kerr commented on Williamsport, PA to Elmira, NY : Joy, Pleasecontact me via email. Kerrma57@gmail.com I can answer all your questions there, much easier than here. You must cross the creek to follow the old rail bed.
2 days ago

bob conley commented on The Wilkes-Barre and Eastern Railroad : when i head back to the mountains i will folllow this trail love it.
2 days ago

Tony Schlotter commented on Staunton to Lexington : The Timber Ridge station was turned into a house with an addition of several bedrooms back in about the 70's I think. The house across the road was where the station master lived, so I'm told. This line came from Staunton. I was told that the track…
3 days ago

Carissa Hartless commented on Staunton to Lexington : What about through timber ridge station? It's between Fairfield and Lexington. I board my horses there and I have been curious of the history.
3 days ago

george oakley commented on The Reading and Columbia Railroad : Thanks for the information Tom.Noticed you list Columbia as where you live.I've passed through there many years ago when i used to go cave exploring around Pequea.That's why i asked about the rail line running along the Susquehanna River below Columbia.
3 days ago

Rikk Holston commented on Lakewood to Winslow Junction : I am interested in running rail bike tours on a local line. Any information on possible lines would be appreciated. If trains aren't able to run anymore, than, at least people might be able to travel these rails and get a feel for what it was like when…
3 days ago

Andrew Sinatra commented on Lakewood to Winslow Junction : Except for a missing rail beneath Route 70 the line is complete to Woodmansie. They are replacing ties in Lakehurst.
4 days ago

Andy S commented on Abandoned Rails of Toms River : Mike, that is the Barnegat Branch.
4 days ago

tom King commented on The Reading and Columbia Railroad : Oops, I screwed up! You can easily spot the line on google maps going NE to E through town towards Anvil International not NW.
4 days ago

tom King commented on The Reading and Columbia Railroad : I grew up in Columbia and was a fan of the railroads as was my father. The Reading Passenger Station sat on the corner of Locust St. and Bank Alley. It is gone now, tore down in the 60's and there is a parking lot in its place. There is a freight station…
4 days ago

Andrew Cline commented on The Gary Line : I grew up in Andres along the line that ran between Joliet and Momence, the tracks ran right through our backyard. Service was shut down in 1978 when I was only 3-years-old. My first memories are of the trains parked out there and the crossing lights on…
4 days ago

Dennis Hogan commented on Lexington to Buena Vista : I have county record copies (circa early 1880's) of the sales agreement between the R&A and my ancestors who farmed just south of what later became Buena Vista since the 1830s. Part of the railroad cut across their property. That's how I became aware of…
4 days ago

Tony commented on Lexington to Buena Vista : Sorry to monopolize the site today, but this is an interesting note. Some of the old RoW from Glasgow to Buena Vista, abandoned in the early 1900's, was originally the tow path for the North River Navigation, a canal built before the Civil War. The R&A…
4 days ago

Tony commented on Lexington to Buena Vista : Yeah, I'm familiar with the book. I believe I contributed some stuff to the author some years back. Lyons? Can't remember is name, if it's the same book. There was a brick plant and several other industries on the C&O south of BV.
4 days ago

Dennis Hogan commented on Lexington to Buena Vista : The C&O Historical Society published a softcover book just this year on this branch. It is a very valuable resource in terms of photographs, maps, history, etc. It also includes information about the B&O line which entered Lexington.
4 days ago

Tony commented on Lexington to Buena Vista : If you look at the little "spur" on the satellite view, it was actually a "Wye" into B&O tracks from Lexington to Staunton. The C&O train from Buena Vista would turn there, and back into Lexington. The house with the shinny silver roof was in the vortex…
4 days ago

Tony commented on Lexington to Buena Vista : When I mentioned flood damage, it wasn't the 1969 flood. It was in the early 1900's. Camille in 1969 was the death certificate for the Buena Vista - Lexington part. It became the Chessie Trail, a really beautiful hike of about 7 miles. Since it became…
4 days ago

Tony commented on Lexington to Buena Vista : I think flood damage caused the C&O (R&A) to go across the Maury River (then the North River) and use the N&W tracks fro Glasgow to Buena Vista. There was a bridge a mile or so south of town where the C&O came back to their own trackage.
4 days ago

Tony commented on The Wilkes-Barre and Eastern Railroad : The map doesn't show the RoW going anywhere near Birchwood, now that I look at it. It might have been a logging road, or something.
5 days ago

Tony commented on The Wilkes-Barre and Eastern Railroad : Hi Kim. Nice to see your post. I see you're in Mt. Pocono. I'm about 25 miles away. Currently, I'm in Connecticut, but maybe we can go exploring when I get back. My interest in this area, and the railroad, only goes back about 6 months, so I don't really…
5 days ago

Kim commented on The Wilkes-Barre and Eastern Railroad : ...should be "W-B&E", not "W-B&W" near the end of my above comment
5 days ago

Kim commented on The Wilkes-Barre and Eastern Railroad : Since originally commenting/questioning almost 5 years ago, I've tried to upgrade my W-B&E knowledge from more than "bozo" status. The 1939 PennPilots aerial photos have been invaluable in this respect. The reason that the line ends in south Stroudsburg…
5 days ago

Robert R Leese commented on Traces of the Quanah, Acme & Pacific Railway : The last full train crew to serve the line: Bill Clawson-senior conductor Fred Pearce-conductor L. L. Tidmore-conductor Clyde King-senior engineer Dee Smith-engineer/fireman When the line was bulletined to be taken up from Floydada to Paducah, Clawson,…
5 days ago

Clay Wilson commented on Abandoned Rails of Fort Worth : The federal records center has been repurposed by the city as the Fort Worth Police and Fire administration and training center (Bob Bolan Public Safety Complex). The yard has been removed and replaced with parking and driving track.
5 days ago