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Abandonment of the Week

Bodie to Mono Mills
(The Bodie and Benton Railroad)

States: California      Railroads: B&B   

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

From The Duck River Valley Narrow Gauge Railway:

Random Picture of the Day

Photo by Tony Mowell, January 2010.

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Abandoned Routes: 1,617

STB Filings: 43

Historic ICC Filings: 634

Railroad Companies: 1,341

Pictures: 4,479

Maps: 1,184

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Friday, June 23, 2017

New Maps:

This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Idado-Northern Branch (Cascade to McCall)
States: Idaho   Railroads: UP, OSL   
This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Saratoga and Encampment Valley Railroad (Walcott to Encampment)
States: Wyoming   Railroads: UP, S&EV   

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

New Maps:

This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Shaniko Branch (Biggs Junction to Shaniko)
States: Oregon   Railroads: UP, O-WR&N   
This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Pleasant Valley Branch (Cloverly to Purcell)
States: Colorado   Railroads: UP   
This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Greeley Branch (Greeley Junction to Briggsdale)
States: Colorado   Railroads: UP   

Monday, June 19, 2017

New History:

This abandoned route has historical information.This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Paris Branch (Montpelier to Paris)
States: Idaho   Railroads: UP, OSL   

New Maps:

This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Fillmore Branch (Delta to Fillmore)
States: Utah   Railroads: UP, LA&SL   
This abandoned route has a map. The Salt Lake and Mercur Railroad (Fairfield to Mercur)
States: Utah   Railroads: SL&M   
This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Fairfield Branch (Lehi to Boulter)
States: Utah   Railroads: UP, LA&SL, SL&W   

Sunday, June 18, 2017

New Maps:

This abandoned route has historical information.This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated pictures.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Rialto Branch (Riverside to Rialto)
States: California   Railroads: UP, PE, LA&SL   
This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Grass Creek Branch (Grass Creek Junction to Grass Creek Mine)
States: Utah   Railroads: UP, E&PC   
This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. Dayton to Turner
States: Washington   Railroads: UP, BN, NP, O-WR&N   
This abandoned route has historical information.This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Magnolia Branch (Sandyville to Magnolia)
States: Ohio   Railroads: B&O   
This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Sutton Subdivision (Gassaway to Sutton)
States: West Virginia   Railroads: B&O, C&C, ELKR   

Saturday, June 17, 2017

New History:

This abandoned route has historical information.This abandoned route has a map. The Marble Hill Power Plant Spur (Nabb to Marble Hill)
States: Indiana   Railroads: B&O   

New Maps:

This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Monongahela Subdivision (Haywood to Clarksburg)
States: West Virginia   Railroads: B&O, MRRR   
This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Cleveland Terminal and Valley Branch (Sandyville to Valley Junction)
States: Ohio   Railroads: B&O   
This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Louisville Subdivision (Charlestown to North Vernon)
States: Indiana   Railroads: B&O   
This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Highlandtown Branch (Highlandtown, Baltimore, MD)
States: Maryland   Railroads: B&O   
This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. Abandoned Rails of Cleveland
States: Ohio   Railroads: B&O   

Monday, June 12, 2017

New Maps:

This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. Killarm Junction to Killarm
States: West Virginia   Railroads: B&O   

Recent Comments

Robert Benkelman commented on Jamestown to Gowanda : I went through there, first time in years. According to a map, the stretch to Salamanca have been converted to trails. My thought is they are banking the unused portion and they are waiting for federal funds to rehab. Using track to store equipment/…
About 3 hours ago

Joan Hussey commented on Abandoned Rails of Toms River : Why can't something be done? Can't the metal signs be recycled? All of the roads leading into Holiday City are a disgrace. We travel over every crossing almost daily, there is no way around them. Someone should look into this.
Earlier today

Michael Patrick King commented on The Fallbrook Branch : When I Googled "Santa Fe Fallbrook", I was hoping to see a photo of the venerable old EMD-F locomotive that carried me, my brother and sister, and our father to Fallbrook on its maiden trip. It was a new engine, you see. It was named "Fallbrook", and…
Earlier today

Scott Chaapel commented on The Waynesboro Branch : I was born in Waynesboro in 1958. My parents owned a house that from the back yard I could see a railroad tressel I think made of steel. Unfortunately I don't remember what road we lived on, seemed kind of busy. It was like on a hill and I would look…
Yesterday

Ed Miller commented on Jamestown to Gowanda : I spent 3 months with family in area last year. The tracks between Conewango Valley and Cherry Creek are being used to store railroad cars. Between Conewango Valley and Waterboro the rails have large trees growing up between the rails. The work in…
Yesterday

Greg commented on Ludowici to Collins : Wonder why someone does make a bike/hiking trail out of the old railbeds, Rails to Trails.. When we lived in central Florida there was several Rails to Trails with paved trails for bikes and hikers.
2 days ago

Fran Pallesen commented on The Sierra Nevada Branch : Question: What water was the bridge over, and approximately how high was the bridge? Also, what period of time was the railroad functional over this bridge? Thank you so much for your response.
2 days ago

Robert Benkelman commented on The New York, Ontario and Western Railroad : I remember reading an article about the O&W its last days in Railroad magazine. It's demise was a combination of several factors: the decrease in coal hauling, reduction in freight traffic, and the automobile. With the emerging auto/ trucks doomed this…
2 days ago

Robert Benkelman commented on The New York, Ontario and Western Railroad : I remember reading an article about the O&W its last days in Railroad magazine. It's demise was a combination of several factors: the decrease in coal hauling, reduction in freight traffic, and the automobile. With the emerging auto/ trucks doomed this…
2 days ago

Robert Benkelman commented on Jamestown to Gowanda : I was down there recently and the tracks are active up to South Dayton. It appears some rehab work was done up around Kennedy. I believe that they are trying to put these tracks back in action.
2 days ago

Eric Zerkle commented on Bradford, OH to Indianapolis, IN : The once double tracked mainline between Indianapolis and Centerville was abandoned in 1981/82 and the tracks removed in the summer of 1982. The portion between Richmond and centerville was removed in 1993.
3 days ago

Andy Davidson commented on Riceboro to Kingsland : While living in Kingsland, GA approx. 1966, I was in the cub scouts and we took a SAL train from Kingsland to Waverly. I remember the conductor telling us there was a hobo killed by a train and was buried at the South end of the Woodbine rail bridge. As…
5 days ago

Lee commented on Anaheim to Santa Ana : Used to live on Custer Street near this line. There were wig wag signals where the tracks crossed Washington Street and where they crossed Civic Center Drive. The wig wag on CC Drive was a lower quadrant wig wag, so we would push the counterweight on the…
5 days ago

David Earp commented on The Highlandtown Branch : If this is the same branch I'm thinking it is, it used to serve the Esskay meat packing plant on E. Baltimore St. I remember back in the 1970s that Esskay would receive an occasional boxcar. Not sure what it was for...perhaps an empty to ship animal…
6 days ago

Gary Carlson commented on The Providence, Warren and Bristol Railroad : When i lived in Fall River and Rehoboth Ma. i remember as a youngster and a young adult traveling over the Slades ferry. The trolley rails were gone already which my mother rode on in the early years when we loved riding in car on the steel grates always…
8 days ago

Andy Olson commented on Phalanx Station to Minerva : Oh, and the original depot still survives in Newton Falls, adjacent to the old covered bridge over the East Branch of the Mahoning River, just southwest of the bridge. I'm interested in Newton Falls because I married a girl from there, and have spent…
9 days ago

Andy Olson commented on Phalanx Station to Minerva : I recently completed a RR book (Forging the Bee Line RR, 1848-1889), the latter half of which dealt with the story of the Atlantic & Great Western RR (which became the Erie RR). It crossed the LEA&W in Braceville OH. In my research, I found a wonderful…
9 days ago

Patrick Miller commented on Academy Junction to Bowie : I am looking for any information on the Maryland and Rutland Railroad. My dad'said friend at church found a retirement certificate from this railroad but we can not find any info on this railroad. He already contacted the Library of Congress they have no…
10 days ago

Brian commented on The Algonac Transit Authority : My understanding is C.C. purchased the old interurban right of way, they did not build it. I believe it was purchased some time in the late 30s, the track had been abandoned since 1930. Good article here on this.…
11 days ago

Greg J commented on Chicago to Northbrook : @De.... from the NTW parking lot on Happ Rd, you're only a pitching wedge away. The old ROW is impossible to miss and there's a bike trail about 100' south of the parking lot that crosses it. What's much more difficult to find is the old, original CNW…
12 days ago

De commented on Chicago to Northbrook : If I understand correctly, a person could walk from New Trier High School in Winnetka to the railroad? If so, how long would the walk be and in which direction would one go? I've never been in the area, so specifics are appreciated. Are the portions of…
13 days ago

Carolyn commented on The Monterey Branch : Peter Lewis, you beat me to it! I've been tracing the tracks from Castroville to PG and taking pix of the abandoned tracks, but this morning I came upon this page and see you've already done it! Never mind, I had fun doing it and some of our pix are…
13 days ago

Jsohua J Long commented on Bradford to Mount Jewett : Just wanted to reach the one person, Jason Sider of Pleasantville because I've looked at a terrain map of his area and found a possible railroad grade heading south and following the West Pithole Creek
13 days ago

george oakley commented on The Ligonier Valley Railroad : Thanks for the information,Evan.Always good to hear from someone who knows the rail line we are talking about.
14 days ago

Lance commented on The Rogue River Valley Railway : The Jacksonville RR has no relation to the present and farther north White City line that serves the WW ll Camp White area off UP at Tolo.
14 days ago

Lance commented on The Rogue River Valley Railway : The Pacific and Easterns western end and depot was in Medford at the east end of the Main Street bridge, not Jacksonville.
14 days ago

Israel commented on Coleman to Auburndale : Reply to Sara: Why do you have to be so angry? The opinions of others are simply what they are: Opinions. They are in no way meant to harm you nor to cause you any rage from what I can see. Look, you have every right to object against anything, but…
14 days ago

Evan Svehla commented on The Ligonier Valley Railroad : currently, in 2017 I have looked at the comments and would like to respond to those who may be still looking. First There are 2 main lines running west and east by the disalvos station ad the old loading station . Then there is a third track. Back in the…
14 days ago

freighttrainsahpassing commented on The Rogue River Valley Railway : Is this railroad different from the Rogue River Valley Railway that is located a little farther north and goes to "White Butte" I think it is called ?
15 days ago

Sara commented on Coleman to Auburndale : I've noticed a lot of people advocating for rebuilding this line don't actually live in the area and have no idea how the rebuilding of the line would affect those of us who actually live near where they used to be. Structures, including a trail, have…
15 days ago

Tom Fetters commented on The Alcolu Railroad : Kent, I have tried to reach you by phone, but get no answer. Robert L Alderman with whom I am sharing information and I would like to seethe photos you mentioned. You could post them on my e-mail at tfetters1@comcast.net. Thanks a lot. Tom F
15 days ago

Thomas commented on Mansfield to Bloomington : Norfolk Southern has filed for abandonment as of spring 2017. The process is expected to take a few months, and I could easily see track being removed in the near future. A few communities along the line are talking about a possible trail on the old…
15 days ago