A list of abandoned railroads in the United States.

Kentucky

Big Woods, Red River & Lombard Railroad

Big Woods, Red River & Lombard Railroad

The Big Woods, Red River & Lombard Railroad (BWRR&L) is a former narrow gauge railroad in Powell and Menifee counties in Kentucky. It was constructed circa 1910 to access the virgin forests of the Red River valley.

  • Location: Powell and Menifee counties, Kentucky
  • Status: Roadway

Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad Dawkins Subdivision

Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad Dawkins Subdivision

The Chesapeake & Ohio Dawkins Subdivision extends from Dawkins, near West Van Lear, to Evanston, Kentucky and was 36 miles long.

  • Location: Dawkins to Evanston, Kentucky
  • Status: Rail to Trail

Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad Lexington Subdivision

Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad Lexington Subdivision

The Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad (C&O) Lexington Subdivision connected Lexington to Ashland, Kentucky. Remnants of the 109 mile line exist in Lexington and between Coalton and Ashland.

  • Location: Lexington to Ashland, Kentucky
  • Status: Active, Abandoned, Rail to Trail

Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad Middle Creek Subdivision

Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad Middle Creek Subdivision

The Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad Middle Creek Subdivision extended from the C&O’s Big Sandy Subdivision at Prestonsburg to David, Kentucky. It was last used in the 1990s.

  • Location: Prestonsburg to David, Kentucky
  • Status: Abandoned

Chicago, St. Louis & New Orleans Railroad

Chicago, St. Louis & New Orleans Railroad Paducah-East Cairo Line

Chicago, St. Louis & New Orleans Railroad’s 34-mile Paducah-East Cairo line was constructed in 1902-03 between East Cairo and Paducah, Kentucky and abandoned in 1943 after a wooden trestle burned.

  • Location: East Cairo to Paducah, Kentucky
  • Status: Active, Abandoned

Flemingsburg and Northern Railroad

Flemingsburg & Northern Railroad

The Flemingsburg & Northern Railroad was a standard-gauge railroad that existed from the Louisville & Nashville line at Flemingsburg Junction, Kentucky to Flemingsburg. It was financially plagued and reorganized on seven different occasions before being abandoned in 1955.

  • Location: Flemingsburg Junction to Flemingsburg, Kentucky
  • Status: Abandoned

Louisville & Nashville Railroad Lebanon Branch

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  • Status: Abandoned

Louisville & Nashville Railroad Lancaster Branch

  • Location: Richmond to Lancaster, Kentucky
  • Status: Abandone

Ohio and Kentucky Railway

Ohio & Kentucky Railway

The Ohio & Kentucky Railway (O&K) was incorporated by the Kentucky Block Cannel Coal Company, who had leased 5,400 acres of cannel coal in Caney, Morgan County, Kentucky. The near 40 mile railroad extended from just north of Jackson to the Licking River and was active from 1911 until 1933.

  • Location: Jackson to Licking River, Kentucky
  • Status: Abandoned

New York

Cooperstown and Charlotte Valley Railroad

Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad

The Cooperstown and Charlotte Valley Railroad (C&CV) is a heritage railroad that operates between Cooperstown Junction and Milford, New York. Significant portions of the line are either abandoned or out-of-service.

  • Location: Cooperstown Junction to Milford, New York
  • Status: Active, Out-of-Service

Ohio

Baltimore and Ohio Southwestern Railroad: Spring Grove Industrial Track (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Cincinnati Spring Grove Industrial Track

The Baltimore & Ohio Southwestern Railroad (B&O SW) Spring Grove Industrial Track was located in Cincinnati, Ohio.

  • Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Status: Abandoned

Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant Spur

Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant Spur

The Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant (USEC), located in Piketon, Ohio, was part of a United States government program to produce highly enriched uranium to fuel nuclear reactors and nuclear weapons. Two railroad spurs were constructed from both the Chesapeake and Ohio and from Norfolk and Western.

  • Location: Piketon, Ohio
  • Status: Abandoned

Cincinnati and Eastern Railroad

Cincinnati & Eastern Railroad

The Cincinnati & Eastern Railway (C&E) is an active and out-of-service a railroad from Idlewild in Norwood to Portsmouth, Ohio operated today by Norfolk Southern and Cincinnati East Terminal Railway.

  • Location: Norwood to Portsmouth, Ohio
  • Status: Active, Out of Service

Cincinnati and Muskingum Valley Railroad

Cincinnati & Muskingum Valley Railroad

The Cincinnati & Muskingum Valley connected the cities of Morrow, Wilmington, Washington Court House, Circleville, Zanesville and Trinway in Ohio.

  • Location: Morrow to Trinway, Ohio
  • Status: Abandoned

Cincinnati & Westwood Railroad

Cincinnati & Westwood Railroad

The Cincinnati & Westwood was a short lived suburban railway from the Cincinnati, Hamilton & Dayton to Westwood, then a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio. It carried very little traffic from its inception to its closure in 1941.

  • Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Status: Abandoned

Cincinnati, Georgetown & Portsmouth Railroad

Cincinnati, Georgetown & Portsmouth Railroad

The Cincinnati, Georgetown & Portsmouth Railroad (CG&P) is an abandoned railroad between Cincinnati and Russellville, Ohio It was intended to extend as far east as Portsmouth.

  • Location: Cincinnati to Russellville, Ohio
  • Status: Abandoned

Cincinnati, Lebanon & Northern Railway

Cincinnati, Lebanon & Northern Railway

The Cincinnati, Lebanon and Northern Railway (CL&N) was a railroad that connected Cincinnati to Dayton, Ohio. While most of the alignment is abandoned, portions of the route operate as a tourist operation.

  • Location: Cincinnati to Dayton, Ohio
  • Status: Active, Abandoned, Rail to Trail

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Cincinnati Southern Railway

The Cincinnati, New Orleans and Texas Pacific Railway (CNO&TP) is a railroad that runs from Cincinnati, Ohio south to Chattanooga, Tennessee. The railroad it operates, the Cincinnati Southern Railway, was constructed to Chattanooga and is owned by the city of Cincinnati and leased to the CNO&TP under a long-term agreement. Norfolk Southern is the operator of the CNO&TP.

  • Location: Cincinnati, Ohio to Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Status: Active with portions bypassed and abandoned

Cincinnati Street Connecting Railway

Cincinnati Street Connecting Railway

The Cincinnati Street Connecting Railway was a short 2.5 mile line along Cincinnati, Ohio’s riverfront, connecting the Indianapolis & Cincinnati and Little Miami.

  • Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Status: Abandoned

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Cleveland & Marietta Railway

The Cleveland & Marietta Railway is a former railroad between Marietta to Dover and Harmer Connection in southeast Ohio.

  • Location: Marietta to Dover, Ohio
  • Status: Active, Abandoned

College Hill Railroad

The College Hill Railroad was a line connecting the Cincinnati, Hamilton & Dayton at Spring Grove Avenue in Cincinnati, Ohio, to the College Hill and Mt. Healthy neighborhoods to the north. An extension to Ross was once planned but never constructed. Due to competition from an adjoining streetcar line, the railroad was electrified and became an interurban, before succumbing to financial troubles in 1938.

  • Location: Cincinnati to Mt. Healthy, Ohio
  • Status: Abandoned

Detroit, Toledo and Ironton Railroad

Detroit, Toledo & Ironton Railroad

The Detroit, Toledo & Ironton Railroad is a defunct railroad that had its beginnings as the Iron Railroad Company, which connected Ironton to the coal and timber reserves in southern Ohio. Through acquisitions and mergers, the DT&I stretched for over 370 miles from Ironton to the automobile manufacturing plants in Michigan.

  • Location: Detroit, Michigan to Ironton, Ohio
  • Status: Active, Abandoned

Hocking Valley Railway

An overview of the Hocking Valley Railway, including the Gallipolis, McArthur & Columbus Railroad and the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway in southeast Ohio.

  • Location: Southeast Ohio
  • Status: Active, Abandoned

Cincinnati, Georgetown and Portsmouth Railroad

Little Miami Railroad

The Little Miami Railroad (LM) is a defunct railroad that connected Cincinnati to Xenia, Ohio. Most of the alignment has been converted into a popular recreational trail.

  • Location: Cincinnati to Springfield, Ohio
  • Status: Active, Rail to Trail

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Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago & St. Louis Railroad

The Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago & St. Louis Railroad, commonly referred to as the Panhandle Route, was a railroad that was part of the Pennsylvania Railroad system. It connected Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Bradford, Ohio where the line split into a northern line to Chicago, Illinois and a southern one to Indianapolis, Indiana and East St. Louis, Illinois.

  • Location: Chicago, Illinois/East St. Louis, Illinois to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Status: Active, Abandoned

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Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway

The Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway (W&LE) is a Class I railroad that operates mostly within Ohio. Throughout its long history, it has been a part of the NIckel Plate, Norfolk & Western and Norfolk Southern. In 1989, the original W&LE was dissolved as a corporate entity only to be renewed as the the W&LE in 1990 by a group of investors, acquiring most of the original W&LE routes from Norfolk Southern.

  • Location: Ohio
  • Status: Active, Out-of-Service, Abandoned

Youngstown & Southern Railroad Smith's Ferry Branch

Youngstown & Southern Railroad Smith’s Ferry Branch

The Youngstown & Southern Railroad (Y&S) Smith’s Ferry Branch extended for 13 miles from Negley, Ohio to the Ohio River at Smith’s Ferry, Pennsylvania. The Y&S was controlled by the Montour Railroad Company, itself a subsidiary of the Pittsburgh Coal Company.

  • Location: Negley, Ohio to Smith’s Ferry, Pennsylvania
  • Status: Abandoned

Pennsylvania

Jamestown & Franklin Railroad

Jamestown & Franklin Railroad

Established in 1862, the Jamestown & Franklin Railroad ran from Jamestown west to Oil City with a branch to Ashtabula, Ohio.

  • Location: Oil City, Pennsylvania
  • Status: Active/Abandoned

Pittsburg & Shawmut Railroad

Pittsburg & Shawmut Railroad

The Pittsburg & Shawmut Railroad (P&S), also known as the Shawmut Line, once connected Freeport Junction to Brockway, Pennsylvania. The P&S historically operated as an independent railroad that moved coal and other aggregates in west-central Pennsylvania. Today, much of the line has been abandoned.

  • Location: Freeport Junction to Brockway, Pennsylvania
  • Status: Out of Service, Abandoned

Tennessee

Brimstone and New River Railroad

Brimstone & New River Railroad

The Brimstone & New River Railroad is a disused railroad from the Cincinnati, New Orleans and Texas Pacific Railway at New River, Tennessee southeast to Lone Mountain. Chartered as the Brimstone Railroad by the W.M. Ritter Lumber company of Virginia, the logging line followed Brimstone Creek and featured lightweight, unballasted track. The line came to fruition after Ritter purchased the New River Lumber Company. The railroad featured a branch within nearly every hollow, with tracks that ascended the mountains via switchbacks. The Brimstone, from Slick Rock north, was paralleled by the earlier Knoxville and New River Railroad (K&NR).

  • Location: New River to Lone Mountain, Tennessee
  • Status: Out of Service

Oneida and Western Railroad

Oneida & Western Railroad

The Oneida & Western Railroad is an abandoned rail line between Jamestown and Oneida, Tennessee. The line served vast pockets of virgin timber and coal mines before it was abandoned in 1954 after many years of financial troubles.

  • Location: Jamestown to Oneida, Tennessee
  • Status: Abandoned

Virginia

Chesapeake Western Railway

The Chesapeake Western Railway is a railroad that once extended from Stokesville, Virginia in Augusta County eastward to Elkton via Harrisonburg. Despite its early potential as a through route between Cincinnati and Washington D.C., and later as a feeder to the coal mines in West Virginia, the railroad never lived up to its potential.

  • Location: Stokesville to Elkton, Virginia
  • Status: Active, Abandoned

New River, Holston and Western Railroad

New River, Holston & Western Railroad

The New River, Holston & Western Railroad is a former railroad that extended from Narrows on the New River in Giles County to the village of Suiter in Bland County, Virginia. The 43-mile line followed Wolf Creek or its tributaries for its entire length.

  • Location: Narrows to Suiter, Virginia
  • Status: Abandoned

West Virginia

Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Fairmont Subdivision

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Fairmont Subdivision

The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (B&O) Fairmont Subdivision was once the railroad’s main entry from Cumberland, Maryland west to Wheeling, West Virginia. The segment from Fairmont to Wheeling was downgraded in 1963 and all but abandoned in 1972.

  • Location: Fairmont to Moundsville, West Virginia
  • Status: Abandoned

Pickens, West Virginia

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Pickens Branch

The Pickens Branch extended from Weston, West Virginia to Pickens, a distance of 49.3 miles.

  • Location: Weston to Pickens, West Virginia
  • Status: Abandoned

Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad Hawks Nest Subdivision

Hawks Nest Subdivision

The Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad abandoned the steep rail grade that traveled from Ansted to Hawks Nest, West Virginia from 1890 to 1972. Today, the graveled and dirt trail features two trestles and views of the old mines and support functions for the railroad.

  • Location: Ansted to Hawks Nest, West Virginia
  • Status: Rail to Trail

Marietta and Cincinnati Railroad

Marietta & Cincinnati Railroad

The Marietta & Cincinnati Railroad is a defunct railroad that connected Cincnnnati, Ohio to Parkersburg, West Virginia. Through acquisitions during the 1800s, the M&C commanded over 270 miles of railroad, from Cincinnati to Marietta and south to Portsmouth and Hillsboro. The line was later absorbed into the Baltimore & Ohio Southwestern, and some of the route has been dismantled.

  • Location: Cincinnati, Ohio to Parkersburg, West Virginia
  • Status: Active, Abandoned

Norfolk & Southern Railway Twelve Pole Branch

The Norfolk & Western, as part of the Ohio Extension from Elkhorn, West Virginia to Coal Grove, Ohio, snaked through the mountainous canyons throughout the rich coalfields. A part of this alignment, from Lenore to Wayne, West Virginia, was abandoned in 1933 when improvements were made to the line along the Big Sandy River.

  • Location: Elkhorn, West Virginia to Coal Grove, Ohio
  • Status: Active, Abandoned, Roadway

West Virginia Central & Pittsburg Railway

The West Virginia Central & Pittsburg Railway (WVC&P) is a former railroad between Elkins, West Virginia and Cumberland, Maryland that served coal and timber interests.

  • Location: West Virginia and Maryland
  • Status: Active, Abandoned, Rail to Trail

Wheeling Terminal Railway

Wheeling Terminal Railway

The Wheeling Terminal Railway is a former 9½ mile railroad between Martins Ferry, Ohio and Wheeling, West Virginia.

  • Location: West Virginia
  • Status: Abandoned

Other

Chicago, Cincinnati & Louisville Railroad

The Chicago, Cincinnati & Louisville Railroad was the shortest route between Cincinnati and Chicago. Today, much of the line has been abandoned.

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  • Status: Active, Abandoned

Cincinnati, Lawrenceburg & Aurora Railroad


Madison, Indianapolis & Lafayette Railroad

Madison, Indianapolis & Lafayette Railroad

The Madison, Indianapolis & Lafayette Railroad (MI&L) was Indiana’s first railroad, dating to 1836, when state legislators included it as part of the Internal Improvement Act. Two notable segments are abandoned today.

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  • Status: Active, Abandoned