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Abandonment of the Week

Johns Island to Albermarle Point
(The Croghans Branch)

States: South Carolina      Railroads: SCL, ACL, C&S   

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

From The Providence, Warren and Bristol Railroad:

Random Picture of the Day

The granite blocks and stone that once supported the railway over the Cole River. Photo by George H. Petrin, February 2009.

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STB Filings: 43

Historic ICC Filings: 492

Railroad Companies: 1,308

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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 historical information.This abandoned route has associated pictures. Orangeburg to North
States: South Carolina   Railroads: ORW   

Recent Comments

Chris Coffman commented on Owensboro to Moorman : There was once a depot in Livermore on Depot Street between 6th and 7th street. It was long gone in the 1970's. THay boult a small park at the depot location after the rail line closed and the property was sold. There are photographs of the trestle…
Yesterday

David Edmondson commented on Front Royal Junction to Front Royal : Did trains on the mainline detour to Front Royal between Riverton Junction and Happy Creek, or was there a shuttle? The timetable isn't specific. I'm asking because of a mapping project I'm doing on old rail service in the DMV.
2 days ago

Justin Williams commented on Quenemo to Osage City : Straight East of Lyndon, you can still make out the old roadbed in Google aerial imagery, and you can still tell where the old line ran though Lyndon along Third St.
3 days ago

Bicycle Bill commented on Sparta to Reedsburg : Actually, the section that runs from Elroy to Camp Douglas is indeed a bicycle trail but it is known as the 'Omaha Trail' and is owned and maintained by Juneau County. The other trails (the Elroy-Sparta Trail and the 400 Trail between Reedsburg and…
3 days ago

Bicycle Bill commented on The Hillsboro and Northeastern Railway : This railroad right-of-way is now a bicycle trail owned by the State of Wisconsin/maintained by Juneau County, and connects to the 400 Trail at Union Center.
3 days ago

Bicycle Bill commented on Tomah to Babcock : I've often wondered why Highway 173 was as straight as an arrow and almost perfectly level through this area.  Finding out it sits on an old railroad right-of-way explains a lot.
3 days ago

Nicholas Shead commented on Plano to McKinney : Since DART owns the line between Plano and Mckinney why dont they just use the line so that dart trains can go to Mckinney ?
4 days ago

DJ Rhodes commented on The Charleston Subdivision : Would anyone have photos of the two bridges that crossed the Stono? We currently live in a west ashley neighborhood that the line ran very close to near bridge 1. We will be moving to Hollywood soon where our property is adjadent to the rail line where…
4 days ago

James Norwood commented on Sweester to Logansport : Joshua, Let me correct one thing, the Wabash was leasing the line from the Eel River Railway starting in 1879 long before Pennsylvania Railroad's involvement. In or about 1890, the Wabash leased the Peru and Detroit Railway. This was built from the East…
5 days ago

C Compton commented on The Sacramento Northern Railroad : I guess I should have read, before I wrote. 2. Sacramento's Light Rail line was rebuilt over the right-of-way of the Swanston branch northeast of downtown Sacramento.
5 days ago

C Compton commented on The Sacramento Northern Railroad : I saw a picture from the Sacramento Room that shows a NR car stopped across from Swantson's Meat Packing in North Sacrament. The Southern Pacific RR are in between. My thinking is that it came past the Essex Pencil Factory east along Bassetlaw Ave (now…
5 days ago

Andrew Orlandini commented on Chicago, IL to Milwaukee, WI : The elevated right of way that runs parallel to 6th street in Milwaukee, between Holt Ave and Cleveland Ave still has the ties in the ground but nothing else. Very overgrown and hard to get to, but still there.
5 days ago

Maunsel White commented on Mossy Head to Eglin Air Force Base : I have a picture of a steam locomotive that I believe was once on the Eglin RR. I also recall srories from a rail magazine in the 70's or 80's about a steam loco that was used as an air munitions target. How can I post this picture on this site?
5 days ago

Maunsel White commented on Mossy Head to Eglin Air Force Base : I was involved in an environmental restoration project on Eglin and had a lot of contact with an employee. He told me that the track and equipment of the Eglin RR , though re-located from Ft. Polk in Louisiana, originally came back from Europe where it…
5 days ago

Maunsel White commented on Mossy Head to Eglin Air Force Base : Maryanne, the line you are talking about connected Crestview with Florala. The station is still i Florala and is a local history museum.
5 days ago

Maryann commented on Mossy Head to Eglin Air Force Base : Hello, I have always had a fascination with old railroad tracks. When I'm on a road trip with my family, I always find and point out to our young boys old railroad mounds next to the road we are traveling on. My son's ask me how I know, and I point out…
6 days ago

Jim commented on Glenwood to Chicago Heights : Grew up hanging around this line in the Harvey/South Holland area late 60's early 70's. There was a daily B&O GP unit run from Barr yard(?) to Chicago Heights they called the "heights run" mostly for the factory that made train wheels down there etc.…
6 days ago

Jenny commented on Watertown to Leola : My grandfather was the depot agent for the Leola Depot in the 1920s and worked for Minneapolis St. Louis Railway. His name was Vern Hinds.
6 days ago

Robert Hallanger commented on Abandoned Rails of Fremont County : According to SPC Colorado Rail Atlas the ATSF did have lines in Fremont County through its subsidiary Pueblo and Arkansas Valley. The lines ran from Pueblo as far west as Canon City. It looks like there were a few lines with places such as Prospect…
6 days ago

Gus Portelance commented on Burlington, VT to Rouses Point, NY : yes indeed, thr Mooers line north of the canadian border was the GRand Trunk later the CNR
6 days ago

Robert Fiedler commented on Manhattan to Forrest : Actually the line ran north to and terminated at Deaborn Station in Chicago.
7 days ago

Bob Fiedler commented on Fulton County Narrow Gauge Railroad : I have a number of old postcards in my collection showing the abandoned bridge piers of the IB&W/CH&W bridge at Havana still in place in the early 1900's. I'm curious about the former FCNG routing at Lewistown before the CB&Q rerouting onto their own…
7 days ago

Bob Fiedler commented on Fulton County Narrow Gauge Railroad : I have a number of old postcards in my collection showing the abandoned bridge piers of the IB&W/CH&W bridge at Havana still in place in the early 1900's. I'm curious about the former FCNG routing at Lewistown before the CB&Q rerouting onto their own…
7 days ago

Bob Fiedler commented on Fulton County Narrow Gauge Railroad : I have a number of old postcards in my collection showing the abandoned bridge piers of the IB&W/CH&W bridge at Havana still in place in the early 1900's. I'm curious about the former FCNG routing at Lewistown before the CB&Q rerouting onto their own…
7 days ago

A170QA commented on Chambersburg to Shippensburg : TW5FcU http://www.FyLitCl7Pf7kjQdDUOLQOuaxTXbj5iNG.com
8 days ago

Rosemary Schwantes commented on The P Line : We currently own the old Coloma Depot, used by the Soo Railroad for this logging route. The abandoned Depot was purchased by Frank Calugi after 1946, cut in half and moved from the town of Coloma to the 5.6 acre property now on the east shore of Pleasant…
9 days ago

Rosemary Schwantes commented on The P Line : We currently own the old Coloma Depot, used by the Soo Railroad for this logging route. The abandoned Depot was purchased by Frank Calugi after 1946, cut in half and moved from the town of Coloma to the 5.6 acre property now on the east shore of Pleasant…
9 days ago

FRED S commented on The Oklahoma Central Railway : Used to see abandoned RR tracks between Ada and Atoka when traveling to granny's house. Always wanted to know the history. Thanks
9 days ago

Clinton davis commented on The Millstadt Branch : I was metal detecting near one of the mills in Millstadt and uncovered a baggage claim brass tag from the mobile and Ohio rr St. Louis,mo.
9 days ago

Dick Davis commented on Brunswick to Nicholls : My grandpa, James Davis was the sawyer at this mill. His brother Ellie ran the office, and brother Bob ran the railroad to the mill. for a while my grandmother was the postmistress there. Have some stories and a couple of pictures of Zirkle.
9 days ago

aldo desalvo commented on Bridgeton to Bay Side : there is a proposed bike trail that would use a lot of this old rail for the path. from ye greate street to trench road would include the old rail line and as it get closer to bridgeton it would also use the abandoned lines
10 days ago

Bill Delmar commented on Milledgeville to Covington : There is a segment of the line that is not abandoned. The eastern segment from Eatonton, GA to Machen, Ga was taken up many years ago, including the diamond at Machen where it crossed another CofG line, the ex-Macon & Northern. From Machen west to about…
10 days ago