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Abandonment of the Week

Hambone to Lookout Junction

States: California      Railroads: McCRRR, BNSF, McCRy   

This abandoned route has historical information.This abandoned route has associated pictures.
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From The Western Kentucky Railway:

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Curious contraption across the rails north of Providence, KY, near an abandoned mine. Perhaps to stop runaway mine cars at the foot of the hill? Photo by Howard E. Espravnik, May 2011.

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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.


Greg Harrison
Haslet, TX

This abandoned route has historical information.This abandoned route has a map. The Fort Jackson Spur (Sims to Fort Jackson)
States: South Carolina   Railroads: CSX, SR, SCL, ACL   

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Ed commented on The New River, Holston and Western Railroad : The right of way is state route 61 from Narrows to Rocky Gap. Great route for long level bike rides
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Bob Winzenburg commented on Jackson, MN to Wessington Springs, SD : I have a vague recollection that Black Bridge, just west of Jackson, needed replacement. I don't know if that was one of the reasons for the abandonment. The grain shippers from Jackson east paid to have the rail upgraded. This would have been in the…
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Andy Sammonds commented on Fort Bragg to Camp Two Ten Mile : There is a potential for freight service. They could use the old G-P Mill sidings as a transload facility. Transloading works for the Strasburg Rail Road, so why not for the CWR? Of course, they'd probably have to buy a few new locomotives, most likely…
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Dennis Tomlinson commented on Owosso to Lansing : I believe this was called the "Old Interurban". It ran from Owosso to Morrice and then turned toward Lansing. It actually ran from Owosso to Jackson and was closed in 1929. It operated by electricity with 3rd rail in the country and overhead in the…
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