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Abandonment of the Week

Magma to Superior
(The Magma Arizona Railroad)

States: Arizona      Railroads: MARR   

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

From The Oklahoma City, Ada and Atoka Railway:

Random Picture of the Day

This shows the right-of-way facing east from Post Road in Midwest City. Photo by Mike Palmer, April 2011.

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Historic ICC Filings: 492

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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 a map. Collinston to Ferriday
States: Louisiana   Railroads: MP   

Recent Comments

Evan S. commented on Owosso to Lansing : From Marsh rd. to Burcham is a paved path now, also parts of it are under water now in the Shaftsburg area.
58 minutes ago

Garrett commented on Abandoned Rails of Cincinnati : This line was originally the southern end of the CH&D and later B&O mainline from Cincinnati to Toledo (Toledo Division). B&O built a connector near Mitchell Ave and Spring Grove Ave to connect the Toledo Division main to the Ohio Division main that ran…
Yesterday

Paul Stumpff commented on NYC's Franklin Division : Thank you, Ron, for updating information on J&F trackage at Reno. As you said, that about finishes the J&F. Today, rode on Ashtabula Special powered by NKP 765 on Low Grade. It is amazing the way vegatation has taken over evidence of the High Grade. Many…
2 days ago

Brad Brandel commented on Chicago to Northbrook : Here is the link for the proposed rails-to-trails in skokie alone- http://www.skokie.org/BicyclingInSkokie.cfm
2 days ago

Brad Brandel commented on Chicago to Northbrook : @Greg J- I did some digging on the Village of Skokie website and it turns out that they are going ahead and removing all the track from Dempster to Culver Rd to make way for a new bike path. They are also going to take the rest of the UP ROW from Oakton…
2 days ago

Tim Blackwell commented on The Great Southwest Railroad : I am doing research on the GSW Railroad for a historical perspective story in Cowcatcher Magazine. I would really like to talk to some former employees, including Mr. Mahan and Utah Rogers who have contributed to this thread. If either or anyone else who…
2 days ago

george oakley commented on The Schuylkill Branch : There are a couple of questions I need to ask about this abandoned rail line.Is there a map of this rail line from beginning to end and what connection does this rail line have with the Catawissa branch?The Catawissa branch is nowhere near this…
2 days ago

Kurt Hoefert commented on Fairfield to Milwaukee : The rails were pulled up this spring (2015). I passed through the Hampton Ave crossing area yesterday and the pile of old ties had been picked up sometime in the past two months. It looks like trail development has started, but I recall the UP and…
2 days ago

james wilhelm commented on Elyria to Millbury Junction : The caboose from Oberlin is now at the Amherst Historical Village donated by the Nord Family, it is right next to the railroad tracks where the 3 train wreck occurred in March of 1916.
2 days ago

Hank Manz commented on The Lexington Branch : In reading old Town Reports, I found that Lexington had more than one station. The North Station, located along Bedford St near the site of the current Dept of Public Works building, was famous for the massive manure pile that was there. It was not clear…
2 days ago

Mr. Bear commented on The Winfield Railroad : The bridge at the south end, just before the point where the tracks met the PRR?
3 days ago

Cal Roth commented on The Delaware River and Lancaster Railroad : Try to get a copy of: Sowbelly Railroad: The Delaware River and Lancaster Railroad by James Lockart
3 days ago

Darren commented on The Winfield Railroad : I know there is a railroad bridge just south of Boggsville as the line crosses Cornplanter Run, but I have never gone across the creek to see it close up. There is also a old rusty hopper or something near the north end of the line, near armstrong…
3 days ago

Joseph commented on Tuscaloosa to Montgomery : Just across the norfolk southern kansas city southern diamond there are some local factories and there is two rails that split off from the main line that are not ocuppied
3 days ago

Joy Alexander commented on Gallatin, TN to Scottsville, KY : Not only is that definitely the base of the former water tank at Rogana but I have a picture of it that was taken in the 20's.
3 days ago

george oakley commented on The Winfield Railroad : Thanks patty and Darren for your information.The main reason I asked about what is left of the rail line is because I am curious to see what is there being I grew up along a rail line which is currently abandoned.Being north of Pittsburgh is no big deal…
3 days ago

george oakley commented on The Phoenixville Branch : Andrew,thanks for responding.I never knew the name of that abandoned rail line that ran from oaks to Phoenixville was the schuykill branch.Thanks for letting me know that.Is this bridge the one chris was talking about?You mentioned the penncoyd…
3 days ago

Andrew Carbine commented on The Phoenixville Branch : George, Like both myself and Chris have said, this bridge was part of the PRR schuylkill branch. This is the same line that currently runs the bala cynwyd line. The big S bridge in Manayunk (Penncoyd Viaduct or Manayunk Bridge) is the also on this line.…
3 days ago

virginia lee stroud commented on The Long Bell Lumber Railroad : My sister Patricia & I (born in Dunsmuir) lived in Tennant from our births in 1925 & 1927 until 1930 when we moved to Klamath Falls. Our Father was a fireman/ engineer on logging trains there. Our Grandfather Stroud was an engineer on the RED ROBIN…
4 days ago

DUFF Altman commented on Findlay to Deshler : Do You Know If The Railroad still owns parts from Deweyville to Deshler and Thank you for you Work On this My Dad Told me About the Rides he Took on this Railroad i think he Called it the Punkinvine or Maybe Old Padooky and again Thanks DUFF
4 days ago

Darren commented on The Winfield Railroad : I live along Buffalo Creek near Boggsville and yes there are a few bridges left hear and there. I'm trying to learn more about the history of the area. Never seen any track left, but the old route can still be walked in some places.
4 days ago

Darren commented on The Winfield Railroad : I live along Buffalo Creek near Boggsville and yes there are a few bridges left hear and there. I'm trying to learn more about the history of the area. Never seen any track left, but the old route can still be walked in some places.
4 days ago

george oakley commented on The Phoenixville Branch : Andrew,you are right.The bridge I am talking about is not part of the perkiomen branch.I thought it was.This is the bridge I think chris was talking about.could you find out if this line had a name?As for oaks there is a bridge that crosses the schuykill…
4 days ago

jeff anderson commented on The Aurora Branch : hello, im jeff. ive been looking into the abandonded aurora branch for a couple years. unfortunatly, i can only find the same 3 pictures.if anyone can share any pictures or more history i would like to see it
4 days ago

jeff anderson commented on The Aurora Branch : hello, im jeff. ive been looking into the abandonded aurora branch for a couple years. unfortunatly, i can only find the same 3 pictures.if anyone can share any pictures or more history i would like to see it
4 days ago

Rebecca commented on Gainesville to North Helen : In January 1916, Miles Arthur Hogan, left Florida to return to Mossy Creek, White County, Georgia to visit his parents. He arrived by rail. This must have been the line. Thank you so much for posting this. Since the line was abandoned in the early 30's,…
4 days ago

Andrew Carbine commented on The Phoenixville Branch : George if that is the bridge you are talking about, then it is not part of the perkiomen branch. In Oakes the the PRR schuylkill branch crossed the Reading perkiomen branch near where the switch is installed now and headed up to Mount Claire where it…
4 days ago

WR83JX commented on The Cape May and Sewell's Point Railroad : What's the last date I can post this to to arrive in time for Christmas? http://kenyaunlimited.com/clomiphene-citrate-50-mg-tablet-dpi.pdf flour how much does a clomid cycle cost dhl reward "While news of rising Chinese short-term lending rates…
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george oakley commented on The Phoenixville Branch : Andrew,that is the one I am talking about.The viaduct that crosses from Montgomery county over the schuykill river to Phoenixville.It also crosses over the canal on the Montgomery county side in a place called montclare.Like I said I have fished above…
5 days ago

Joe Dufeck commented on Rockwood to Denmark : I grew up in Denmark in the 80's/90's. Up until the FRVR sale in 1988, there were 4-6 trains a day over this segment of the "shoreline" route as the "valley" route had been shut down between Oshkosh and Fond du Lac. It was just the daily Manitowoc-Green…
6 days ago

Andrew Brusgard commented on Abandoned Rails of Jersey City : In the abandon rails of Jersey City page above. The CNJ West Side Ave branch continued south to Duncan Ave. Just feet short of the Lehigh Valley branch. Actually Duncan Ave separated the two branches. The Lehigh Valley Branch also continued north…
6 days ago

Greg J commented on Chicago to Northbrook : Brad- The Swift isn't running because a contractor doing work for the water filtration plant compromised the embankment and it caved in! It took out one of the two tracks and the other was too dangerous. So far, they've been completely rebuilding the…
6 days ago