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Hambone to Lookout Junction

States: California      Railroads: McCRRR, BNSF, McCRy   

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Former Boston & Maine EEC 3369, now part of the Pan American Railways network. Photo by Greg Harrison.

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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 pictures.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. Morgan Run Junction to Laurel Furnace
States: West Virginia   Railroads: B&O, CH&B   

Recent Comments

Mike Walsdorf commented on Mossy Head to Eglin Air Force Base : Does anyone know why there is still a RR connection at Mossy Head Florida. The tracks South of I-10 are all gone.
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Mike Walsdorf commented on Mossy Head to Eglin Air Force Base : Austin, I was in DeFuniak Sprigs, Fla. yesterday. The depot looks real nice. Back in March you had asked me about the Eglin AFB RR and how to hike it! The RR itself is mostly gone, I believe. At Mossy Head there is a wye still in place and goes under the…
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Ken Blackburn commented on The Smith's Ferry Branch : I like to bike the rails to trails. Has anyone tried to consider opening this up to a bicycle trail? It sounds like it would be a much needed trail for this area.
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freebrickproductions commented on Plano to McKinney : From looking at the map, it looks like there may still be a pair of abandoned crossing signals on Country Club Road in Fairview Texas.
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Scott commented on Algren to Abilene : Are there any sections of this railroad that remain which could be used for tourism purposes i.e. say a dining car or short rail trip? If so what sections and what are the lengths of the sections that still have track in place? Thanks.
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Norman Dean commented on The Oxford and Clarksville Railroad : Couldn't get anything except a link back to this web page.
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Scott commented on The Oxford and Clarksville Railroad : Norman, Copy and past the link below, as is (don't add anything to the web address below, into a browser, I use Firefox, and you should see the document I refer to in my 3/23/2014 posting on this Abandoned Rails webpage 1.usa.gov/1hdcaLr
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Allen commented on The Great Southwest Railroad : The tracks now owned by TRE were heavily used by the Frisco, Burlington and Rock Island in the early 1970s. I walked the tracks to the switch at Dorothy Junction where the GSW joined the mainline. The area was built on an anticline that had some…
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Gale Perkins commented on The Great Southwest Railroad : Juliette & Donny...I grew up in Grand Prairie and in the 50's I believe there were occasional stops. I seem to remember taking the train to Dallas and going to the State Fair. Donny, are you still doing the kind of work on the UPRR that I remember so…
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Dale Miller commented on The Yosemite Valley Railroad : A very good book on this subject is "Railroads of the Yosemite Valley" by Hank Johnston. The logging inclines were awesome and many remnants remain if you want to explore.
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Bob Yarger commented on Abandoned Rails of Cleveland : Does anyone know the length (of the rails) of this table and if it still exists? People I know in Colorado need an 80-foot table for their roundhouse restoration.
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dempster holland commented on Abandoned Rails of Saint Louis : The book "Streets and streetcars OF sT louis" hss s good map of streetcar routes and also shows railroad lines out to about Lindberg. Map is dated 1930. Author is Andrew Young
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Donny Mahan commented on The Great Southwest Railroad : Gale Perkins... Sir,you are correct, Ross was my father and I did indeed give him a pocket watch for Christmas! Good memory,that was a long time ago. You are also correct in your assessment that he was a good man, well liked by everyone! Juliette.... I…
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Rich Ballash commented on Hudson to Columbus : To Eddie in Columbus: My group of 3 friends explored all of these Ohio lines in the late 1980's. The CA&C was completely dead and rusted over at that time. The lower end of the line was, and probably is, still intact from its junction with the Panhandle…
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Elliott Marshall commented on The Pacific Coast Railway : Hello Jimmy. Did you get my comments??
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George Scott commented on The Cape May and Sewell's Point Railroad : My Father in law engine was number 5414. That was the engine he was usually assigned to. It was a K 4 READING ENGINE 4-6-2. His father ran a E 6 engine. All engineers were required to operate any engine. Before he became an engineer one of his jobs was…
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