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Abandonment of the Week

Lordsburg to Hachita
(The Lordsburg-Hachita Branch)

States: New Mexico      Railroads: SP, A&NM   

This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings.
Railroad of the Week
Picture of the Day

From Florida City to Key West:

Random Picture of the Day

The Bahia Honda Bridge, showing old US 1 which was built on top of the railroad bridge. This bridge was taken out of highway service in 1984. The old Key West water supply line is also visible.

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Historic ICC Filings: 604

Railroad Companies: 1,334

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August 21, 2016: Long-time fans of this Abandoned Rails website will remember that I took a "sabbatical" of sorts back in 2013, and have not really updated the site since. While my passion for abandoned railroads and their history has never diminished, the time I afford to this website has, sad to say. It was nice to take a break (both physically and emotionally) from this website that is a labor of love, but perhaps it's time to get back in the saddle.

If you've sent me an email in the past couple of years, I apologize for not getting back with you. There are simply too many emails for me to devote my consideration and time to respond. Please know that I do read them.

I can't say that the website will be back to its former pace (wherein I was posting multiple abandonments a week), but hopefully the stirrings within me for this pasttime will be great enough this time for me to continue. We'll see.

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
Fort Worth, TX
Owner, AbandonedRails.com

This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. Waitsburg to Turner
States: Washington   Railroads: UP, BN, NP, O-WR&N   

Recent Comments

Don Kirk commented on Rapid City to Mitchell : The project from Rapid City is progressing as planned through the state agencies. This week we acquired former SP business car Alamo #127; which at the moment is in Houston, TX. It is on isolated rails about 1/10 mile from live rail. Work will take place…
About 5 hours ago

Ken Vice commented on The East and West Railroad of Alabama : This line was abandoned from Atlanta to Rockmart in the late 80s. The line from Cartersville, GA to Cedartown, GA is still active. The abandoned part from Atlanta to Birmingham, Al was later turned into a biking trail that runs the entire length in…
2 days ago

Andy commented on The Quarryville Branch : Does anyone know where the trains originated after the washouts did they still come from Lancaster or did they come from somewhere else?
2 days ago

Shawn E Stauffer commented on The Quarryville Branch : Russ, Roher's mill was served by this line. Originally from Lancaster out of Dillerville Yard. After the north end was washed out, a connection was built off the A&S to serve customers on the line.
2 days ago

Hugh Yeman commented on The New York, Ontario and Western Railroad : Thank you, Walter. I only just now noticed your comment when I revisited this page. Does anyone have contact information for Mike Fromholt? I'd like to talk to him about his map data.
2 days ago

Bill commented on The Quarryville Branch : Does anyone know if this line or the Atglen & Susquehanna served Rohrer's Mill in Quarryville?
2 days ago

Walter Imhof commented on Sikeston to Birds Point : At Morehouse it crossed the St Louis and San Fran also.
2 days ago

Mike Woodside commented on Sikeston to Birds Point : Recently a friend and I have been searching the area at Birds Point for the abandoned Cotton Belt ROW from Wyatt to Birds Point. Our first VERY OBVIOUS notice was the Missouri Pacific ROW starting at Alfalfa Center on out towards the river. There are…
3 days ago

Mike Woodside commented on Sikeston to Birds Point : Recently a friend and I have been searching the area at Birds Point for the abandoned Cotton Belt ROW from Wyatt to Birds Point. Our first VERY OBVIOUS notice was the Missouri Pacific ROW starting at Alfalfa Center on out towards the river. There are…
3 days ago

Adrian Neils commented on Medford to Prentice : A majority of all northern Wisconsin trackage now belongs to Canadian National. The rails in both city's end in a thick wooded covering. You can research all trackage by using Google maps and following the points between cities.
5 days ago

Adrian Neils commented on Green Bay to Hilbert : The former Milwaukee Road and CNW used to cross over each other just short of HWY 10, southbound near Forest Junction, a farmers field is the only telltale feature. I used to know exactly where it was. The diamond was probably removed over 20+ years ago.…
5 days ago

Adrian Neils commented on Green Bay to Hilbert : Wisconsin Southern Railroad ( WSOR ) has trackage rights from Kiel to Saukville, including a new connection to Plymouth with Union Pacific, and movement over CN south to Milwaukee and into its hometown of Madison, and surrounding. Railroad & Harbors can…
5 days ago

Adrian Neils commented on Green Bay to Hilbert : Canadian National still does rail service to Manitowoc via Neenah-Menasha trackage through Sherwood then east . The old Chicago & Northwestern railroad yard off of Broadway was last used for storage of semi-trailer piggy back freight cars, and was the…
5 days ago

Adrian Neils commented on Green Bay to Hilbert : Canadian National still does rail service to Manitowoc via Neenah-Menasha trackage through Sherwood then east . The old Chicago & Northwestern railroad yard off of Broadway was last used for storage of semi-trailer piggy back freight cars, and was the…
5 days ago

Adrian Neils commented on Green Bay to Hilbert : Canadian National still does rail service to Manitowoc via Neenah-Menasha trackage through Sherwood then east . The old Chicago & Northwestern railroad yard off of Broadway was last used for storage of semi-trailer piggy back freight cars, and was the…
5 days ago

Adrian Neils commented on Green Bay to Hilbert : Canadian National still does rail service to Manitowoc via Neenah-Menasha trackage through Sherwood then east . The old Chicago & Northwestern railroad yard off of Broadway was last used for storage of semi-trailer piggy back freight cars, and was the…
5 days ago

Bill Graham commented on Fulton County Narrow Gauge Railroad : The Havana, Rantoul & Eastern built the first railroad bridge across the Illinois to connect with thw FCNG. The HR&E was a narrow gauge line at the time, but placed the cat before the horse. They built the bridge first and then started construction of…
6 days ago

sharonB commented on The Santa Ana and Newport Railroad : I grew up on 33rd st Oceanfront, and the track ran right behind our house in 1950-60's. I rarely remember a train going by but we would put pennies on track to get flattened just in case! Always walked on the tracks.
6 days ago

Bill O'Bryan commented on Dayton to Lebanon : That portion of the rail line along Woodman drive currently ends at the Tenneco plant (Former Delphi). Word has it that they are getting ready to turn that track area into a bike path going down into Downtown Dayton. Submitted on 05/19/2017
7 days ago

Bill O'Bryan commented on Dayton to Lebanon : That portion of the rail line along Woodman drive currently ends at the Tenneco plant (Former Delphi). Word has it that they are getting ready to turn that track area into a bike path going down into Downtown Dayton. Submitted on 05/19/2017
7 days ago

Bill O'Bryan commented on Dayton to Lebanon : That portion of the rail line along Woodman drive currently ends at the Tenneco plant (Former Delphi). Word has it that they are getting ready to turn that track area into a bike path going down into Downtown Dayton. Submitted on 05/19/2017
7 days ago

Bill O'Bryan commented on Dayton to Lebanon : That portion of the rail line along Woodman drive currently ends at the Tenneco plant (Former Delphi). Word has it that they are getting ready to turn that track area into a bike path going down into Downtown Dayton. Submitted on 05/19/2017
7 days ago

Bill O'Bryan commented on Dayton to Lebanon : That portion of the rail line along Woodman drive currently ends at the Tenneco plant (Former Delphi). Word has it that they are getting ready to turn that track area into a bike path going down into Downtown Dayton. Submitted on 05/19/2017
7 days ago

Bill O'Bryan commented on Dayton to Lebanon : That portion of the rail line along Woodman drive currently ends at the Tenneco plant (Former Delphi). Word has it that they are getting ready to turn that track area into a bike path going down into Downtown Dayton. Submitted on 05/19/2017
7 days ago

Kent Godwin commented on The Alcolu Railroad : I have a picture of the old locomotive and passenger car from the Alcolu Railroad. This picture also shows the first conductor of the Train who is from Olanta. This picture shows the conductor and engine while sitting in the Olanta downtown section. I…
8 days ago

Paul Prado commented on The Redlands Loop : Hi Steven D. Johnson. I am a contributing writer and photographer for the Highland Community News paper. I'm also a member of the Highland Area Historical Society. I would like to hear more about the history of the trains, train depots, and related…
10 days ago

paul prado commented on The Redlands Loop : Hi Ray Callazo, My name is Paul Prado. I write articles for the Highland Community News, and I am a member of the Highland Area Historical Society. I would be very interested in seeing your collection of photos of the train depots and such. You can reach…
10 days ago

Fritz Knaak commented on Little Falls to Morris : I remember seeing short trains on this line in Grey Eagle through the the 50s and early 60s. Included grain cars to the elevator in town.
10 days ago

Fritz Knaak commented on Little Falls to Morris : I remember seeing short trains on this line in Grey Eagle through the the 50s and early 60s. Included grain cars to the elevator in town.
10 days ago

Fritz Knaak commented on Little Falls to Morris : I remember seeing short trains on this line in Grey Eagle through the the 50s and early 60s. Included grain cars to the elevator in town.
10 days ago

CJ Parnell commented on The Burbank Branch : I lived on Chandler (near Wilkinson) in the late 60s/early 70s when the train went right down the middle of the street. Great fun for kids, putting coins and other things on the tracks to get smashed. Amazing we never derailed it although when the 71…
10 days ago

Jack Weiss commented on Chicago to Northbrook : Looking at Google Maps, this line began as a split at Bryn Mawr from the Mayfair line that ran NE to the main CNW line at Green Bay Road north of downtown Evanston. It wouldn't have carried North Shore Line trains until it merged with the NSL tracks…
11 days ago