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Abandonment of the Week

Sarasota to Venice

States: Florida      Railroads: CSX, SAL, SGLR   

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Picture of the Day

From The Baldwin Park Branch:

Random Picture of the Day

Looking east-northeast along the right-of-way at the crossing with Southern Pacific's Sunset Route (now UP): Los Angeles is to the left; Colton, Yuma and all eastern points are to the right. This area looks completely different in 2010. The UP now crosses Ramona on an overpass; there are now businesses located on the former PE right-of-way. Photo by Mike Palmer, June 1984.

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Historic ICC Filings: 492

Railroad Companies: 1,308

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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

Information is needed for this abandoned route. Tuscaloosa to Montgomery
States: Alabama   Railroads: IC, GM&O   

Recent Comments

Austin commented on Cheneyville to Opelousas : Were there any train tracks running through Marksville?
2 days ago

russ commented on The Air Line : I haven't been over the bridge in 30 plus years. I think the P&W may use it today if there are any consignees left on the east side. There used to be a junk yard, and Charter Oak Container back in the day.
2 days ago

Greg B commented on The Air Line : Is the bridge in Middletown/Portland still in use? I pass by that bridge everytime I'm on route 9, and its always in the open position.
2 days ago

Jarod Black commented on The Fallbrook Branch : I would like to add that when USMC rebuilt their portion of the line in the 1990s, it was used for far more than shipment of obsolete chemicals. Trainloads of tanks and other marine vehicles where moved on and off the base on a regular basis by the…
3 days ago

Steve McGee commented on The Original Tunnel Through the Cascades : I used to live in Everett, and would take my 4X4 up to Wellington. Way back, Wellington [formerly Tye] was the sight one of the worst rail disasters in American history with 100 people killed in an avalanche- looking at the wreckage in the valley below,…
3 days ago

Tim commented on Cincinnati to London : Was the South Charleston grain operation serviced by Conrail from Dayton or out of Columbus until 1988? I have seen several somewhat conflicting mentions elsewhere on the Internet regarding this question. Brian S. stated that service from London to Xenia…
3 days ago

Tom Evans commented on Holly to Swink : The American Beet Sugar Co. plant was in Rocky Ford (not Swink) & their railroad (the Arkansas Valley RR) was built east from there (not Swink). I believe they also built the connection to Lamar as they also had plants in Lamar & Las Animas. The section…
4 days ago

Andy M. commented on Durham to Duncan : The American Tobacco Trail is now fully open and continous on the old bed. It's pretty flat and easy going through the pines until you zig zag around south Durham, by a mall and across a slick interstate overpass. You lose the bed sometimes until it…
4 days ago

Karl Ballard commented on The Spring Canyon Branch : I miss the old Norfolk Southern Railroad but the new spur is just as good.
5 days ago

george oakley commented on Frederick, MD to Hanover, PA : Thanks Tim for the information.Have to check them out when researching this rail line.
5 days ago

Jason Trosvig commented on Sauke Center to Park Rapids : The correct abandonment dates are: Park Rapids to Cass Lake: 1972 Sauk Center to Long Prairie: 1974 Long Prarie to Park Rapids: 1984
6 days ago

Jason Trosvig commented on The Park Rapids and Leech Lake Railroad : I would like to correct the abandonment dates on this rail line. Although the Wadena County Histroical Society has said that this line was removed in 1964, the info I have dug up showed that this line remained intact into the GN merger with the Northern…
6 days ago

Keith Parrish commented on The Fluto Branch : I think that should read Fruto, rather than Fluto. At least that is the Spelling of the town in that immediate area. I do not know if it was ever named Fluto. I suspect a typo has taken place, I live 9 miles from Fruto, which seems to correspond with the…
6 days ago

Tony commented on The Wilkes-Barre and Eastern Railroad : Thank you Howard.
7 days ago

Howard Elmire commented on The Wilkes-Barre and Eastern Railroad : There are still many places where you can still walk or bike the roadbed
7 days ago

Tim Moriarty commented on Frederick, MD to Hanover, PA : The PRR Technical & Historical Society might have the answer about a depot by Kump Road. You can Google them and locate their website.
7 days ago

george oakley commented on Frederick, MD to Hanover, PA : Mike,is this Kump Station on the rail line at all and where would it have been?
7 days ago

Jared McQueen commented on The Air Line : An excellent writeup by Aaron M. Here in Wallingford there is an Airline Road right next to the tracks still used by the trap rock quarry at Reed's Gap. Also There is still a "East Wallingford" on your road map of CT, next to the tracks just to the right…
7 days ago

Steven Ginkous commented on The Oakland Subdivision : What types of diesels are in the empty spur, are they Up engines or some other railroad?
8 days ago

Mike Myers commented on Frederick, MD to Hanover, PA : This is just a general question. We have a home on Kump Station Road. Was there ever a railroad station named Kump Station? I often search the net trying to find an answer to this question but have never found an answer.
8 days ago

Austin commented on The Red River and Gulf Railroad : I hope they can completely overhaul the locomotives to where they don't look like scrap iron & they can run under their own power.
8 days ago

R. Spicer commented on Norfolk to Virginia Beach and Munden : I'm surprised the State, the city of Virginia Beach and Amtrak are not interested in resurrecting the line so that Amtrak's Northeast Regional service (that currently terminates in Newport News) could be extended all the way to Virginia Beach...
8 days ago

DAVID WORTH commented on The Gary Line : With reference to the 1906 map submitted by John Meade, does anyone know what the dashed line is from Peotone to Michigan City? Was it a proposed line? Was any of it ever built? Interestingly, Great Lakes Basin Railroad is planning to build a new line…
9 days ago

Will commented on The Gary Line : If you check on 11st and Harrison in rockford il their is an old section of track that stops at the road. And according to some maps their was a yard their. The open space (if you look to the right of the track) was most likely the yard. They also had a…
9 days ago

sgExL commented on Abandoned Rails of Addison : Could you transfer $1000 from my current account to my deposit account? http://www.pelvicphysiotherapy.com/buy-carvedilol.pdf timber buy carvedilol mom "Prolonged social unrest, poorly handled, could detertourism, exacerbate short-term capital outflows,…
9 days ago

Terry H commented on The Joliet, Rockford and Northern Railroad : They are recent plans to build a bypass railway to avoid rail congestion in Chicago. This is a portion of the proposed bypass route in a planning phase. Signs are up in area around Baker protesting this plan.
12 days ago

Bob Davis commented on The Burbank Branch : Some of the people in the San Fernando Valley are agitating to have Metro replace the Orange Line busway (which follows much of the Burbank Branch) rebuilt as a light-rail line. They had their chance back in the 1990s, but some of their politicians,…
13 days ago

Reo Cruz commented on The Burbank Branch : I used to live on DeSoto Ave and Vanowen St corner on a two story house right before crossing the LA River. I remember some nights I could here the train horn all the way from Victory Blvd. On some rare times I could here it late at night or early in the…
13 days ago

Mike Davison commented on Port Gardner to Angola : In St. Tammany Parish they converted an old railroad into a biking/hiking trail, something they called from Rails to Trails. It would be great if they could do the same with this old railroad bed.
13 days ago

es game of sk8 commented on Haleyville to Bivalve : Recently I discovered a small remnant of track left intact from this line at Bivalve's bayshore center, complete with a historic wooden boxcar which now serves as restrooms. Here's a video I took of it : https://youtu.be/DkVzDNAS7DU
14 days ago

Scott Nielsen commented on The Kenosha Division : On 12/20/15 I posted a comment about seeing the right of way running beside Rt 173 east of Altenberg Rd east of Harvard. I believe now I was wrong about that. The ROW ran south of Ferris Rd and north of Rt 173. It crosses Reese Rd just south of the…
14 days ago

Adam commented on Elk River to Milaca : David, what is the date of death of your great-grandfather? Minnesota historic society has a digital collection of historic pictures, maps, newspapers etc. If I had a date I could skim through some newspapers to see if the accident was reported on.
14 days ago