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Abandonment of the Week

Cincinnati, Ohio

States: Ohio      Railroads: B&O, CSX, CS, CH&D   

This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings.
Railroad of the Week
Picture of the Day

From Abandoned Rails of Newmarket:

Random Picture of the Day

Another view of the westernmost branch of the spur in the woods in front of the New England Barricade Company building. Just southeast of here off the right-hand side of the picture, the rails run along the edge of several residential backyards for houses along Railroad Street and are difficult to trace until they approach the easternmost branch again in the woods just past the houses, as shown in previous photographs. Photo by Kevin M. Smith, June 2008.

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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 a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Jerome Branch (Hollsopple to Jerome)
States: Pennsylvania   Railroads: B&O   

Recent Comments

gabriel commented on Chambersburg to Shippensburg : do you know the name of the abandon, what looks like to be an old cold storage building? its along side the abandon tracks.
Yesterday

Jason Rose commented on The Red River and Gulf Railroad : The RR&G recently launched a website. It's full of photos, videos, and history. RedRiverAndGulf.net If you're interested in volunteering to help us rebuild additional portions of the line, please sign up on the Work Sessions page. The volunteers get to…
Yesterday

Clifford Prather commented on The Venta Spur : Myford, Frances and Kathryn were all names of members of the Irvine family. Irvine owned the large Irvine Ranch that much of the spur passed through.
Yesterday

Kent Mueller commented on Milwaukee to Kenosha : Gregorio Montoto: That spur was known as "The Green Line" and was owned by the Chicago & Northwestern (which was bought by UP in 1995). It ceased operating after the 2008 economic crash. For years the only industry was the recycling plant just south of…
2 days ago

nancy chalfant commented on Phalanx Station to Minerva : Dana Salts man do you have the year the pictures were taken? My grandfather an great grandfather worked on the gangs that put in rail and maintained them.
2 days ago

Jayson commented on Phalanx Station to Minerva : My great grandfather was a conductor on this line when it was part of the NYC, and I grew up in the area and went to college in Alliance. A few things to add. Part of the trail that runs from State Route 224 to Kirkbride Road has become a rail trail…
2 days ago

dakota j flowers commented on Dundas to Logan : Do you have information on this line from Dundas to galiapolis? That's the true designation of this line and I wanted to check a few point along the old right of way, yet can't find anything other than this.
2 days ago

Ron Larson commented on Gully to Duluth : I have always been fascinated with RR. I spent my summers on my uncle's farm in Clearbrook, MN. I have seen a couple of pictures of the RR going thru Clearbrook in the past years. In 2015 I walked by the grain elevator on the RR grade and wondered about…
2 days ago

Chuck Jones commented on Clatskanie to Neverstill : Tunnel is at app 46° 5.336'N 123° 20.544'W
3 days ago

steve lang commented on Abandoned Rails of Antioch : even if the fence had 2 lean a bit for the 1st 1, there shoodn't b a problm aftr that.
3 days ago

Chuck Jones commented on Clatskanie to Neverstill : As Kenn says I found the railroad alignment on early 1940's USGS maps and they show the Kerry Line termination in Kerry near Westport. The southern terminus on the map appears to be just north of Birkenfeld
3 days ago

Bob commented on The Bellwood Branch : This took some research. The railbed you've seen was originally the line(s) leading into the westbound Altoona classification yard. They diverged toward the north just west of Bellwood at Bell Tower ~ the hump was around Antis. The "Bellwood Branch" was…
3 days ago

Bob commented on The Bellwood Branch : This took some research. The railbed you've seen was originally the line(s) leading into the westbound Altoona classification yard. They diverged toward the north just west of Bellwood at Bell Tower ~ the hump was around Antis. The "Bellwood Branch" was…
3 days ago

Junkyard Dog commented on Hedges, GA to Gadsden, AL : Saw 2 C&C engines hauling loads running in Rossville Blvd, Chattanooga. Looked in good shape 2/2017. Line up and running.
4 days ago

Robert commented on The Redlands Loop : I'm a caregiver to a parent that lives in the mobile home Park behind the field. Often I stare at the citrus packing buildings. And the once platform to the train station. Does anyone have pics of the previous station prior to the 50s? Rumour has it that…
4 days ago

Wally commented on The Sheboygan and Fond du Lac Railroad : Those wig wags still work I think and are in Plymouth, not Kohler. The trains run so infrequently that I have never had a chance to see them operate, but they seem to be completely intact.
4 days ago

Wally commented on The Sheboygan and Fond du Lac Railroad : Government money has been spent to re-track the line between Plymouth and Kohler, but for some reason it is not complete across the road in Kohler to connect it to the UP line that services Kohler Corporation from Sheboygan (this line was once…
4 days ago

Walter Imhof commented on The Bellwood Branch : Don't know if that's the branch they are talking about. Where the derelict cars are (they can be seen from Google Maps) was intact well into the Penn Central days. This was once the northern part, and exit, of the yard.
4 days ago

Daniel Morrison commented on Curtiss to Paul Spur : I'm the current and one of two who resides in the only structure still standing at Forrest AZ. The Forrest Siding Station and Depot. In the few years we have lived here we have heard many stories about the station. If this place could talk. One such…
5 days ago

Daniel Morrison commented on Curtiss to Paul Spur : I'm the current and one of two who resides in the only structure still standing at Forrest AZ. The Forrest Siding Station and Depot. In the few years we have lived here we have heard many stories about the station. If this place could talk. One such…
5 days ago

Tyler Stauss commented on The Bellwood Branch : Does anyone know exactly what the PRR would have used the area back there for including the bridge that crosses over the current mainline? My friends and I just explored there today and a lot is unknown and makes no sense about the abandoned tracks south…
5 days ago

Chuck Jones commented on The Los Angeles Terminal Railway : The most complete description of the LATR that I have found is at http://utahrails.net/up/latry.php. Like many other railways the lineage is complex. A more complete map can be found on a 1902 version USGS map. The rail ran to Terminal Island as well as…
5 days ago

Chuck Jones commented on Culver Junction to Alla : Appears to follow Pacific Electric line.
5 days ago

Chuck Jones commented on Santa Monica to Port Los Angeles : You can see this on Calabasas, CA, 1:62,500 quad, 1903, USGS available at USGS topoView. Exact gps location is a little off, but you can adjust to topography. As Josh states I can see no remnants using Google Earth.
5 days ago

Tim LaPosa commented on Savage to Lakeville : This needs to be updated from abandoned to out of service, the line is still going to be used in the future, it is giving people the wrong idea.
5 days ago

Geoff commented on Fort Wayne, IN to Findlay, OH : I've found some old maps of Allen County from 1907 that show this line's entrance into Fort Wayne. Check them out in the link below. Look specifically at the maps for Adams, Jefferson, and Jackson townships. The pole line at Townley appears to have been…
5 days ago

Jason commented on The Beetox Branch : I live in Ventura county where exactly is the beetox branch?
7 days ago

George Andrews commented on The Tustin Branch : I am a native of Orange County, CA., and lived in Villa Park from 1971 to 1985. My mother continued to live in Villa Park until her death in 2008. The family house was adjacent to Mrs. Spenyettia's ( sp? ) orange grove at the NE corner of Taft Ave &…
7 days ago

Bob commented on The Bellwood Branch : Last time I was in the area, the abandoned, overturned cars where still there. And you can still access it off Riggles Gap Road coming north from Pinecroft. I park just north of the main line and walk up the access road by the water treatment facility ~…
7 days ago

Chuck Jones commented on The Sierra Branch : One of the bridges in the movie "Stand by Me" is located at 41° 0.887'N 121° 37.112'W
7 days ago

Chuck Jones commented on The Sierra Branch : As per the Sierra Branch link above the entire McCloud River Railway has been abandonded.
7 days ago

Don commented on Little Falls to Morris : When I was young, my grandparents lived very close to this line in Sauk Centre. I can recall seeing short trains still using this line in the mid to late 80s. Grandpa said they were local trains that went by once per day. That said, I do also recall the…
7 days ago