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Welcome to The Yard at Abandoned Rails. There are many tracks to explore in this yard, including some new articles that have been recently posted; look to the right to proceed down other tracks.

Abandonment of the Week

Woodlawn to Saylesville
(The Saylesville Branch)

States: Rhode Island      Railroads: P&W, MVRR, B&P   

This abandoned route has historical information.This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated pictures.
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From The Magma Arizona Railroad:

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Photo by Greg Baxter.

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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 a map.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Colorado River Western Railroad (Altair to Helms)
States: Texas   Railroads: SP, T&NO, CRW   

Recent Comments

David Fugate commented on The Western Kentucky Railway : It has since been took up and sold as scrap, the roadbed remains but as far as the track goes, its gone. I was going to go down therr and explore before it was took up but never got the chance to do so. No telling what u will find on that old railroad…
Earlier today

matthew ditton commented on Fort Wayne to Howe : The line north of Kendallville was abandoned in 1979.South of Kendallville to Ft. Wayne was abandoned in 1982. There is still a 1 mile segment in Kendallville to serve Kraft Foods. There is also a remnant in Fort Wayne to serve the industrial park by I-69
Yesterday

Mike Fingerhut commented on The Creve Coeur Branch : As a 12 year old, I rode mini bikes (a Fox and a Benelli) in 1967 from 2 Glocca Mora Lane off Conway Road where my mom lived, to Lindworth Drive where my dad lived, utilizing the railroad bed. I went through Conway School to Warson Terrace to the rail…
2 days ago

Harold Rogers commented on Colony to Yates Center : When I was a kid in the 60's, I had an older gentlemen from Colony related a story about this line. The locals in Colony called the passenger train "The Jerky". It would stop for just about anything, trying to drum up much needed business. This man would…
2 days ago

Harold Rogers commented on Colony to Yates Center : When I was a kid in the 60's, I had an older gentlemen from Colony related a story about this line. The locals in Colony called the passenger train "The Jerky". It would stop for just about anything, trying to drum up much needed business. This man would…
2 days ago

North Face Outlet commented on Fillmore to Saugus : Fourth Quarter and as a consequence financial 2012 revenue conference call.
3 days ago

Sean S commented on The Medford Branch : Hi Bob. Could you forward that to me at sachs107@verizon.net ? I will try to walk and record it this weekend with my boys. Thanks.
3 days ago

Greg Rohner commented on Evansville to Tintah : My grandfather was a traveling agent for Soo Line based in Elbow Lake from roughly 1978 until 1984. We lived on Pomme de Terre lake which is East of Elbow Lake. Across the lake from our home was a lodge that was built by the Great Northern for use a…
3 days ago

Gregory D. Pawelski commented on The Chester Valley Branch : I caught Conrail EMD's SW900 #8707 and GP10 (nee GP9) #7519 serving the spur off the Chester Valley Branch to a quarry, east of the Mill Lane crossing and station in 1985.
3 days ago

Sean Sachs commented on The Chester Valley Branch : The section that runs thru Church Farm School now marks the extent of CFS property (nothing left in the valley) The right of way is now a very nice bike/running/walking track that runs from Ship Road to Rt 202 (as of 10/2014). Where the track crossed at…
3 days ago

Barry commented on West Bend to Fond du Lac : Very nice , started working this sub in 1980 on cnw engineering dept . still working it today as conductor on local for cn between granville and rusco road . Hello jim Y.
4 days ago

Bruce Hendrick commented on Riverside Junction to West Riverside : Thanks for establishing this site. Found the satellite maps with abandoned tracks superimposed very helpful. I have only looked at Riverside but plan to spend a lot of time here.
4 days ago

LaFayette Underground commented on Hedges, GA to Gadsden, AL : Jake: This is the TAG line that ran through Menlo, not the active old Central of GA line that still exists through Summerville.
4 days ago

North Face Outlet commented on Fillmore to Saugus : my dance shoes have many perks.
4 days ago

Greg J commented on Chicago to Northbrook : Wow... nicely done both of you!! That was work walking that line and the photos are excellent. Lots of change over the years.
5 days ago

Tim Cadden commented on Chicago to Northbrook : https://www.flickr.com/photos/128419465@N06/with/16060896991/ Some photos of the CNS&M back in the day.
5 days ago

Steve commented on The Sacramento Northern Railroad : Regarding my previous post, page 90 of SACRAMENTO NORTHERN GALLERY by James H. Harrison has a photo of the loop at the end of track in Colusa. There was a small stockyard inside the loop.
6 days ago

Susanne P. commented on Chicago to Northbrook : COUNT ME IN on that walk around Old Orchard! http://www.flickr.com/photos/silentobscurity/sets/72157622463680607/ Here is my set thus far on and off from the Edens overpass south of Old Orchard up to the former junction in Northbrook.
6 days ago

Gregory D. Pawelski commented on The Phoenixville Branch : James. Besides clicking on my url address for my Phoenixville Branch FB page, click on this url address for my Picking Valley Branch FB page. https://www.facebook.com/gregory.pawelski.9/media_set?set=a.588189104634048.1073741888.100003288929249&type=3
6 days ago

James Price commented on The Phoenixville Branch : I just moved to P-ville, and have traipsed around through the thickets that have grown on the abandoned lines. I am still trying to figure this one out! As Andrew noted on 11/17/13 the old maps hae this as both "Phoenixville Branch and Fraser Branch. The…
6 days ago

Steve commented on The Sacramento Northern Railroad : Regarding your comment for Colusa on the map, I own an older Sacramento Northern book which has a photo shows the track turning in a circle at the end of the line. I will add the book title and page number soon.
7 days ago

Dylan commented on Warrenton to East of Meetze : There is not much left of the old line until you get almost to the mane line just shy of the main line there is a factory that uses what's left as a spur
7 days ago

Peter L commented on Abandoned Rails of Oklahoma City : The ex-Frisco line running from Union Station WSW was removed as part of the new I-40 section that was opened in 2012 or '13. Highway money also paid to upgrade the "Packingtown Lead" (it's had other names and variations) that runs to the east of the…
7 days ago

Tobin Porterfield commented on The Gunpowder Valley Railroad : Hoffman had 3 paper mills at Hoffmanville and the Rockdale RR only reached the northwestern mill, Gunpowder Paper Mill. I have pictures of their only engine sitting in front of the mill house. The Gunpowder Mill was west of the bridge where Gunpowder…
8 days ago

Rick commented on The Lorain and West Virginia Railroad : How can I join the group to help rebuild? Ive Hiked this line for years and I love it! I have always wanted to see a train go down these tracks.
8 days ago

Rusty commented on The Chadwick Branch : I followed the line through maps on Google..do live next to a large house?
8 days ago

Gary Pierce commented on Williamsport, PA to Elmira, NY : Mike Ameigh, Coincidence about your working on Morton Salt spur. I hauled coal for 23 years. Hauled a lot into Dresden Power Plant. Back hauled salt out of Morton while they were open. The rail line crosses Rt 14 at Himrod. One morning when the fog was…
8 days ago

Gregory D. Pawelski commented on The Warwick Branch : Update on the Warwick Branch FB page. Made a separate album. https://www.facebook.com/gregory.pawelski.9/media_set?set=a.678760272243597.1073741902.100003288929249&type=3
8 days ago

Bob commented on The Medford Branch : Looks like the line can be traced all the way up to the railroad along Marne Highway near Lumberton from where it looks like it crosses Rt. 70 next to the Indian Chief Tavern. It's pretty easy to find the path on Google Earth. I can forward the Google…
8 days ago

rICHARD s. fIRMAN commented on The Modoc Line : Now the once mighty N.C.O.[joke]is now a hiking trail operated by the Rails to Trails org. I don't mind people using the area because it is a very nice place to explore. I just keep hoping they would respect the land owners and close the gates behind…
9 days ago

Joshua Lemler commented on Rochester to Tipton : Norfolk Southern Needs To Reinstall The Wye In Tipton because They Have Landlocked The Indiana Transportation Museum From The Out Side World.You Would Think They Would Reinstall it Since There Past Use Of NKP 587 For There Steam Program Back In The 1980s
10 days ago

Walter Imhof commented on Bridgehampton to Sag Harbor : This portion actually belonged to the Manorville to Eastport abandonment. LIRR originally only ran to Sag Harbor as it was, at the time, a major port. Austin Corbin had the idea of running trains out to Montauk in order to cut a day or so off of the…
10 days ago