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Abandonment of the Week

Baxter Springs, KS to Denison, TX
(The Kansas, Oklahoma and Gulf Railroad)

States: Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas      Railroads: MP, KO&G, OKCA&A, MO&G   

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

From Leavittsburg to Mantua:

Random Picture of the Day

View from the top of the bridge abutment at OH 82 in Garrettsville, showing how the ROW has been wiped out on the other side of the street. Photo by Elias C. Jones, July 2003.

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Abandoned Routes: 1,514

STB Filings: 43

Historic ICC Filings: 492

Railroad Companies: 1,308

Pictures: 4,440

Maps: 1,100

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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. The Newport Branch (Dyer to Huntington Beach)
States: California   Railroads: SP   

Recent Comments

Brad B. commented on Chicago to Northbrook : My sister and I visited the North Shore line in late 2013- Some picture are on my FB page, linking here so you all can enjoy what we saw!I would love to go exploring again with people who really know the history and stories of the late lane. Feel free…
About an hour ago

Brian D Gray commented on Owensboro to Moorman : Corby, The line to Moorman was abandoned in 1984 I think and the Illinois Central which lead to Whiteville,Fordsville and Horse Branch was taken up in 1982,again I think my times are right. The former Moorman(L & N) actually followed what is today J. R.…
Earlier today

Corby Newton commented on Owensboro to Moorman : This line is before my time, however I live very near where it once was. I'd love to know more about its abandonment and when it was removed. All that I've found that remains in this city of this particular line is one single intact grade crossing and…
Earlier today

Ed Vasser commented on The Chillicothe and Brunswick Railroad : This line is now operated by Motive Rail Inc d/b/a Missouri North Central Railroad (MNC) and serves a large industrial park on the southeast side of Chillicothe. MNC interchanges with the Iowa, Chicago & Eastern (ICE) in Chillicothe.
Earlier today

Ed Vasser commented on The Chillicothe and Brunswick Railroad : This line is now operated by Motive Rail Inc d/b/a Missouri North Central Railroad (MNC) and serves a large industrial park on the southeast side of Chillicothe.
Earlier today

Ed Vasser commented on The Chillicothe and Brunswick Railroad : This line is now operated by Motive Rail Inc d/b/a Missouri North Central Railroad (MNC) and serves a large industrial park on the southeast side of Chillicothe.
Earlier today

skip commented on The Delaware River and Lancaster Railroad : I did the hike from warwick to Elverson,about 2 miles. on the way I saw an old train station along the railroad bed.
Yesterday

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Yesterday

Scott commented on The Fairport Branch : Dharma: There have been no updates since December 22. According to the STB, the transaction for Grand River Railway to purchase the 2.56 mile line was allowed to happen on or after January 7, 2015. I will post any new info that I find. I'm also hoping…
Yesterday

austin commented on The Pekin District : the switch into town as of 3/1/15 is abandoned
Yesterday

Alex DeSmidt commented on Rapid City to Mitchell : The West River Trails Coalition is proposing the Railbanked segment from Rapid City to Kadoka be used as a recreational rail trail like the Mickelson Trail. https://www.facebook.com/WestRiverTrailsCoalition
Yesterday

Trey commented on Abandoned Rails of Shreveport Union Station : When the Common Street viaduct was built over the tracks just southwest of Union Station in Shreveport, passenger drop-off and pick-up lanes were built directly above Snow Street on both sides of the viaduct. These allowed cars to pull over to the side…
Yesterday

Tyler McMillin commented on Rice to Ripley : Few facts in this page were revealed to be incorrect. For example, the number of water tankers to Midland was thirty cars, and the Santa Fe initiated the piggyback embargo in August 1989. A new version of the history of this line will be up. Apologies…
2 days ago

Zachary Yarbro commented on The Doniphan Branch Railway : I know that the line was operational in the early to mid 40's.It was a logging line with several other industries like grain and rice.It also got a little profit of the Frisco as well as trackege rights to Wall-nut Rige and Delta.
2 days ago

Brian Dugan commented on The Fairport Branch : To Ron Selak....somewhere is a pic of three of you guys working at the grade crossing at Mayfield RD (322). Pick and shovel as you stated. There's also a pic of a sheriffs car that got plowed at the same crossing, by a helper unit and caboose probably on…
4 days ago

Tim Moriarty commented on The Ware Shoals Railroad : While living in Charleston, SC, in 1992 I drove upstate to see what was left of the WSRR. The mill was still there and the track was gone but the right-of-way was still very visible. Oddly enough, I noticed there was still a coal hopper car inside the…
4 days ago

Indiana commented on Abandoned Rails of Addison : I remember this line did extend north of US 20, until about 1969. Rails still connected to the US 20 crossing until maybe 1973, or about. Track was later cutback about 1000 ft or so, from US 20. I remember IC RR cars at Materials/Lumber company in there…
4 days ago

Dharma commented on The Fairport Branch : Scott, have you heard anymore on the progress to re-open the 2.56 mile segment to service Morton Salt? I'm really interested and I really hope that everything goes as planned. I would love to see train run on those tracks in the future!
5 days ago

Ronald Eby commented on The Dayton and Greenville Railroad : We knew this railroad as the D&U and it was part of the local scenery for many years. Trains came from Dayton on the PRR tracks and switched to D&U (B&O) tracks in Dodson about three miles NW of Brookville. Our farm was located along the railroad with…
5 days ago

Michael G. Blank commented on Abandoned Rails of Niles : I am the "Michael" who posted before. One of the large buildings on the round house site was the old "ice house" where ice from Barron lake was stored for the refrigerated box cars as well as the community. I have my grandfather's handmade tools from the…
5 days ago

James M Green commented on Orangeburg to North : My grandfather owned one of those buildings on Langston Avenue that was served by rail. He had his own siding and purchased carloads of western lumber in the 1940-60's and carloads of finished millwork from 1950's to 60's. Line came off main line near…
6 days ago

patrick commented on Wildwood to Tavares : as far as I know the only part of the track left is right in front of my house by penbrooke. I have a lot of old railroad spikes that I found there too.
6 days ago

Al Clark commented on The Cowboy Line : To see video of the last train on the Cowboy Line, go to C&NW The Cowboy Line in Nebr. You will see the last train to Chadron with two engines and one car crossing a bridge west bound.
7 days ago

Steve Davis commented on The Fort Smith, Subiaco and Rock Island Railroad : I have a crate of box car seals, waybills, train order forms, and other memorabilia as related to this railroad, which I purchased at an auction here in Oklahoma City back in 1971 at Warner Oil company.
8 days ago

Tom Fetters commented on Greenville to River Falls : A very interesting newspaper story from February 27, 1918. Brevard, "Already there is a road from Greenville up to a point near the North Carolina line at DRAKES, SC. With the Carr Lumber Company running from Pisgah (Forest) [near Brevard] to the Pink…
8 days ago

Michael Osweiler commented on Greenville to River Falls : I am looking for information on G&N operations in Berea, SC. I understand there was an industrial park there but have not been able to find many pics let alone what industries were served there. Any suggestions?
9 days ago

Ken Brunt commented on The Lancaster, Oxford and Southern Railroad : It had plans to run from Oxford to Elkton, MD at one time. They did run from Elkton a few miles but never got any further. So it may have purchased some ROW going south out of Oxford.
9 days ago

Barry commented on West Bend to Fond du Lac : Hello Josh , Yes that is me with the EJE 660 it will be gone in another week for service . Barry
9 days ago

Gary Robinson commented on The Lancaster, Oxford and Southern Railroad : I'm researching past owners of my property and while doing so I was surprised to see in one of the deeds from 1891 a statement regarding a right of way of the Lancaster Oxford and Southern Rail Road. The property is south of Oxford on Hickory Hill Rd…
9 days ago

Paul Stumpff commented on NYC's Franklin Division : I regret that I made that error about later rail projects in the Commonwealt. Thank you for the further dates. If I had checked one of my references on a lower shelf I would have seen about the P&WV extension from its Wabash Terminal roots [IIRC]. The…
9 days ago

Derek Larson commented on Houston to Katy : I too appear to live along the old rail line to the UP track which runs along 290 north west out of Houston. My neighborhood is configured with the old right-a-way running through my back yard (1734 Maux Houston Texas, 77043, for anyone interested). Does…
10 days ago

Ryan commented on The Providence, Warren and Bristol Railroad : Cool my dad drove the p&w for about 25 years on these line to back in the day
10 days ago