Abandoned Rail lines on Google Maps

Arya- "Actually this "closure due to volcano ruining the line" phenomenon was occurred for only 2 times in Indonesia" Oh ok, I thought because that area is in the "Ring of Fire" that the volcano closure would be more common

Strictly speaking: this phenomenon is quite rare, as most of abandoned rail lines in Indonesia had its route passes through area that does not near enough with volcanoes.

Slightly off-topic but still related with the abandoned rail line, here is the photograph of Krasak River bridge of Ambarawa Line after it was collapsed due to eruption of Mount Merapi in 1975:


(original photo by Malcolm Wilton-Jones)

And returning back to topic:

Remaining of branch line from Barat station (now renamed as Magetan station) to Iswahyudi Airfield used by Indonesian Railways in the past to transport fuel for all of fighter aircrafts allocated there. However, this branchline's ownership fell under the jurisdiction of Indonesian Air Force, just like the now-closed branch line to Abdul Rachman Saleh Airport in Malang.
Strictly speaking: this phenomenon is quite rare, as most of abandoned rail lines in Indonesia had its route passes through area that does not near enough with volcanoes.

Slightly off-topic but still related with the abandoned rail line, here is the photograph of Krasak River bridge of Ambarawa Line after it was collapsed due to eruption of Mount Merapi in 1975:

-Picture Removed-

(original photo by Malcolm Wilton-Jones)

Speaking of volcanos and railroads, here's a video about Mount Saint Helens and how, interestingly, Burlington Northern owned the summit of the volcano when it blew its lid.

Man, Guilford just seems to ruin everything from your stories. Is there anything they did right?

Guilford, later Pan Am Railways did a lot of damage to the Maine Central and Delaware and Hudson as well.

Is there anything they did right? Let me think... Oh, the sold themselves to CSX last year! :D

This is after they scrapped themselves to nothing. Many of the once busy connecting mainlines were curtailed in favor of through routes. I have more to post when I have time to dig around including the once busy Manchester and Lawrence and a few others in my area alone.

Back to your Canadian lines. This is really confusing! Many of them were curtailed when the St. Lawrence Seaway went in. That disrupted them completely which forced the companies to reroute around the seaway or seek alternate routes by consolidating.

Your particular line is abandoned on the north, but on the south parts are still used to serve a ceramics company and other industries. I followed it down quite aways and also discovered power lines that follow more of the same ROW, but I'm not sure though at the same time. I need to look for tell tail signs like grades and abutments where possible. That area overall is really, really flat compared to the south.
Speaking of volcanos and railroads, here's a video about Mount Saint Helens and how, interestingly, Burlington Northern owned the summit of the volcano when it blew its lid.

(snipped for convenience)

Such historical fact is very interesting, and even BN's will to release the land portion covering the summit of Mt. Saint Helens as part of plans for establishing national park is an example of good intention for restoring the nature.
Found this video about a railroad going up the side of MT. Vesuvius


Roundhouse in Adrian, MI
Street view

This abandoned line starts here where the currently used ROW stops at this industry and then goes over a bridge
Beautiful shot (notice the electrical box)

Rail(s) on the old ROW

Old bridge

The ROW turns back into used rails here
Used to have rails on the other side

Abandoned industry
And station

This short abandoned line starts in this abandoned yard

Then it went over a bridge

Then joined back up at this wye
Some shots from the neighboring country a.k.a Malaysia:

1. Abandoned grade crossing of Seremban - Port Dickson branch line, with the rails are still intact. This branch line was stated by Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) a.k.a Malayan Railways as "temporarily closed", though in reality many of people thought that this branch line is permanently closed.

2. Continuation of #1, slightly to the southwest. It is clear that until its closure this line still uses wooden ties, which is contrary to the main line tracks at Seremban station that has been already upgraded to concrete ties.

3. The now-disused bridge of Port Dickson branch line that had been left in derelict condition but yet to be torn down, due to official statements from KTM that this line could be reactivated in the future.

4. Remaining of an abandoned intermediate station, probably Tapis Minyak station (one station before the terminus).

5. Abandoned grade crossing just before entering Port Dickson station. In the past the starter signal of this station (which is of course British-type semaphore signal) was there, but probably dismantled sometimes in late 2019 - early 2020.

6. Grade crossing of Rantau Panjang branch line that eventually leads into Hat Yai (Thailand) through Sungai Golok. This line was temporarily used by Eastern and Oriental Express and some international trains between Malaysia and Thailand in 2008 due to flash floods, but it was later went back into abandoned state after protests from train drivers of KTM due to tookover of cross-border local train services done by State Railways of Thailand (SRT). It seems that there were several attempts to bring back this line into service, but unfortunately none went into fruition.

7. Another abandoned grade crossing, this time near Rantau Panjang station. Previously warning devices were present there, but it had been dismantled.
I love that sunset.

A LOT more from me: This time I decided to go to the west coast and by the end, my mouth was on the floor.

This abandoned line in Albuquerque, NM (the line most to the right)
I like this sign

It goes over a bridge

Old crossing

I had doubts that this line was totally abandoned, but this dirt pile proves it, after a tiny industry on the other side of the crossing

Another crossing

After going under two highways and making a U-turn, it goes through this cool crossing.

Then there is a branch that heads off towards the airport

Then it meets up with this trapped industry park and that's where the trail runs cold

Separately, there is a turntable in the yard
And there is a huge abandoned factory/locomotive works

This parking lot covers up a yard ladder that fed into the locomotive works.

The abandoned line the four GP9s are on starts here, where it becomes a rail trail

An old crossing with really old crossing lights with the old style bell

There's a spinoff here
Down the branch, there is some uniquely shaped buildings

It goes over a really nice wooden bridge with flowers
(it goes over a few more bridges but they've been ruined into rail trails)

A collapsed bridge where just the rails are hanging over the gap

A longer bridge with an old-school lift bridge

Four abandoned GP9 engines in Eureka, CA:udrool:

A trapped BN centerbeam

A trapped baggage car and and a small abandoned yard (go to satellite view)

Then it goes over this MASSIVE trestle (well, massive for the time and for the context)

Then it arrives at this abandoned industrial park
and possibly station

Abandoned crossing

Abandoned yard

Then a big abandoned Warren-Truss bridge

Then it goes over a big bridge over the side of a mountain

After a hard to follow mountain section, it goes over another huge trestle with this drone shot.

Crossing in the middle of nowhere

After two more bridge I can't get to and a million back-and-forths, here it looks like the ROW was covered up by a landslide

Is this an asteroid!?!?

After a number of bridges and tunnels I can't be bothered to count, it finally comes to a bridge we can see.
another one
guess what?

This finally ends 120 miles and an hour of my life later, at The Skunk Train tourist operation
Some entries from me, this time from Thailand:

1. Abandoned rails of Songkhla branch line that starts from Hat Yai Station, with this photograph was taken at the location near the first station of Hat Yai (U-Taphao station, closed after the station moved to present location due to repeated floods).

2. This "floating on the air" rail is formerly a bridge located on the continuation of branch line to Songkhla station.

3. While this truss bridge is now having no rails at all, it clearly tells people that there was a railway line from Hat Yai to Songkhla in the past (this line was closed in 1978).
That's interesting stuff. It was smart that they finally moved the rail line for obvious reasons.
In my area there are a few more major lines that have been removed over the years. The Manchester and Lawrence (M&L Branch) was built in 1841 and is one of the oldest lines in the region. This line ran between the name-sake cities in its entirety to the early 1980s then it was pulled apart in sections. The first part to go was from Manchester, to Derry, even though there are a substantial number of warehouses and plastics companies in and around Manchester and Londonderry. It didn't help that Manchester Airport was built right across the ROW shortly afterwards, which now precludes ever reopening the line again should that come to pass. The remaining part served some smaller industries along the line, but typical of Guilford (again) they didn't want small switching jobs and focused on the through freight.

The line then got pulled up between Derry and Salem and Windham, NH. In Salem, New Hampshire, the line served a small steel fabrication company, Coca Cola, Agway Grain and Feed, and a Grossman's Lumber yard. This was a bit of busy switching at the end with an occasional run up to Cluff's Crossing on the Windham line to an industrial park. On the southern end, the line served Kaufman Plastics Corp. (KPI), a distribution warehouse and a slew of other industries in Methuen and Lawrence. In Lawrence proper, this line served another Agway on West Street, a steel recycling and milling operation, the old mills including the Malden Mills, and some operations in and out of there plus at one point the businesses along the canals.

In 2001 Guilford put an end to all operations on what was left of the branch after letting the infrastructure rot. After a series of washouts, they claimed due to lack of business that they chased away, the line wasn't worth rebuilding and was closed. The tracks up to the New Hampshire line were owned by the MBTA, but a group of rail-to-trail lobbyists came in and convinced the "T" to sell the line for scrap. The rails were torn up and now Methuen pays a substantial amount for the trail maintenance up to the New Hampshire border. The parts south of the town, while are still a trail, are unsafe for use due to the bad neighborhoods it passes through. During the 1970s and 1980s, there were some system maps drawn that showed commuter service up to Route 213 which is a cutoff between Interstate 93 and Interstate 495.

The line finally connected to the B&M mainline at South Lawrence after crossing over the Merrimack River on a dual-tracked wooden trestle. By the time I saw the trains running, the bridge had been single tracked with a switch put in for canal side running down Canal Street and along the North Canal.

Just past the South Lawrence wye, was a switch a spur for a cement distributor. I think it was Wilson's Cement which was so common in the area at the time. There was also a switch off the line to serve the South Canal along Merrimack Street.

Here's the South Lawrence wye. We will then follow the line up to Manchester in detail with a short side trip down by the canals.


Located in the middle was the cement company, which was actually located where there was once an engine house and small turntable. I saw on an old city map. To the right used to be the east yard which today has been reduced to a few passing sidings with the main yard located due south of the wye near Andover Street. You can also see where the tracks ran along the South Canal at this end. There were some arson insurance jobs which took out many of the buildings on this side of the canal years ago.

Crossing over the Merrimack, and we see Canal Street and Water Street intersection. Look at that spiderweb of girders. These once supported a maze of switches for spurs into the mills. The tracks used to cross over North Canal Street and follow the canal all the way down to the mills. The mills at this end used to have loading docks and sidings along the canal. Just on the north side of this intersection on the M&L branch was an operating semaphore signal that was still being used until the very end.


This skewed truss bridge used to have tracks on it. Today, it's a trail.

Located next to this bridge is a substantial mill building with a white roof. In the upper level, just off the canal, was a spur that entered into the building that served some inside loading docks. I saw the trestle once inside the building and it was amazing. There was a company I used to deal with that had its offices on that floor. By then, the spur to inside was abandoned.

At the bridge, was a spur that continued down to the end of the canal where it meets up with the Spickett River and the Merrimack River.

On the opposite side of the canal, on Canal Street proper, there used to be multiple industries including a paper company which burned down in the 1980s due to a static electricity spark, General Tire Corp., and a warehouse plus other bigger industries. Much of this is all gone now. The remaining Old Stone Mill still exists and is one of the oldest textile mill buildings in the US, dating back to about 1840 when Lawrence was built. The rest is a bunch of non-descript modern buildings and parking lots.

The line continued up hill. Yes, it climbed up the side of Canal Street which is much changed and ended at the gas company at the end on Marston Street. The branch was quite steep at this end. I remember a lonely SW1200 pushing or pulling a single car or two and barely making it up the hill!

Back at the branch again at Water Street and Broadway...

We can see the steel mill complex that handled scrap steel and did some metal rolling. There used to be a number of flatcars coming in and out of here with rolled steel plates on it up until the early 2000s. This area is interesting. Before the Lawrence passenger station was moved from North Lawrence to South Lawrence, this was also the yard for the big substantial passenger terminal. This big Victorian station complete with a glass roofed platforms served a substantial number of trains including those from the now abandoned Manchester and Lowell. In the 30s' the station was moved to the east of the wye mentioned above. That building is now private businesses, and the station has moved again farther east towards North Andover.


Used to get train service.

The Methuen rail trail starts at the Lawrence border and runs to the New Hampshire border.
Here's the beautiful Methuen Depot.


There used to be occasional boxcars parked on the spur here for the industrial park located a bit north.

Moving on to New Hampshire, and this is now a trail as well forever never to see rails again. New Hampshire is not rail friendly and will not spend a dime on rails at all. They don't even pay anything for the Amtrak Downeaster or any other trains that pass through to Vermont and Montreal in the west.

This is where KPI used to get hoppers of plastic pellets. The curved road where the trucks are now used to also have rails in it with the spur running against the building.


This used to be the Rockingham Park racetrack.


There used to be a spur into the park and one that crossed the street to the Coke a Cola plant.
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Here we are at the Salem Depot end of the line.


The Salem Depot, located in North Salem, has some stuffed boxcars and a caboose here. Located just a bit up on the left used to be the Grossmans and steel fabricator. I think they made mobile homes and trailers at one time as well.

Windham Depot.


This is where the branch crossed the long-abandoned Worcester Nashua Rochester and Portland. This was a competitor to the B&M and ran a rather poorly graded line between the name-sake cities. The B&M scooped them up early and then cut them up into bits. A few parts survive as branches. The most substantial one being between Ayre, MA and Worcester. The other parts are industrial branches in and around Portland Maine and Nashua. The Sanford and Eastern shortline, located in Maine, was part of the line. The grade can still be seen all over. I'll document that one another time in detail.

Derry... Nothing special here. Tracks are paved over completely in town as if to totally erase the former presence of a rail line. NIMBYs live here, ahem.


North Londonderry. There's not much to see in Londonderry proper - just more erased rail lines and NIMBY houses. Notice how the trail runs right next to a park and ride parking-lot. New Hampshire drivers would rather sit in traffic for 4 to 5 hours per day than take the train. Before the line degraded and was chopped up, there was an experimental passenger service run on this line. Hardly anyone used it, yet I-93 was jammed every day!


Eaten by the Manchester Airport runway!


There used to be lots of rail-served warehouses and plastics companies here. It's all shopping malls and parking-lots.


What's left of the Manchester yard and where the branch came in on the right.


Also, just before the yard is the ROW for the old Manchester to Portsmouth. This is another Guilford removal.

Some entries from me, this time from Thailand:

1. Abandoned rails of Songkhla branch line that starts from Hat Yai Station, with this photograph was taken at the location near the first station of Hat Yai (U-Taphao station, closed after the station moved to present location due to repeated floods).

I like that cat

I found this video about an abandoned tube line in the UK. It's actually a bit funny

It's over here:
One new entry:


This is the remaining of some of bridges on the Benculuk Line in Banyuwangi Regency, with this line was closed in 1976 due to decreased amount of logs shipped by the train and fierce competition from road that runs along this line. The southern terminus of this line (Benculuk station) is actually the southernmost railway station in Asia, but this fact seems to be not known among many people in Indonesia, even only few from many rail fans in Indonesia that already know this fact...
Wow. If you move back to 2015 on the right side, you can see the grass growing in an on / off pattern, I think they might be growing through the ties and the ties are restricting them in places.
It's sad to see how once great structures that were bustling hubs of commerce turn to such dreary and dilapidated buildings. Luckily, some of them were turned into museums or restaurants.

This line starts here at this tourist operation

After a crossing there are these low and narrow bridges


A large old crossing

After this line meets another A-line (which I'll come back too) continuing south, there is this interesting crossing

The old Lambertville Station

Down the line, there is this photosphere from the inside of a graffiti-stricken passenger car (beware of bad words)

What in the world is this?!?!

This is where the bike trail ends way down the line and I assume the line met up with the yard to the east

Back up towards where I said I'd come back to, there is another abandoned passenger car

OK, yes there is a bridge here, but who in the world thought "Alright, there is a river here that drains into another river here and another river on the other side. .... Lets build a bridge and alter the course of nature just to make the water go different directions! Aqueducts everyone!!"

Canal House station

Just imagine...... the sight that this would be......

I wish we could get to here to see what these are

Lady realizes that she's on Google Maps :hehe: also a nice crossing

Cat and dog corn maze Good Luck!
It's sad to see how once great structures that were bustling hubs of commerce turn to such dreary and dilapidated buildings. Luckily, some of them were turned into museums or restaurants.

Yeah, that's really sad. Even the worse thing is sometimes such structures were illegally torn down and replaced by buildings that are not related to the rail line itself...

Anyway, another new entries:

1. Abandoned bridge of Ambarawa Line near Sleman station

2. Remaining of Rembang Main Line's rail track in the city of Kudus, even the old steel ties are still intact.
Yeah. In my area there is a station that was turned into a dentist's office. And I can say from experience, there is not a single train thing in there unless you commandeer the front desk lady's computer and search up train pictures. (Ok not that experience). But that's not to say that all ABD-stations get turned into disappointing and unrelated establishments, or gone forever. There is a depot in Florida that got turned into a model train hub with a viewing platform for the mainline nearby.


This abandoned line starts here in Chillicothe, TX. Find the two blue engines (those will be going onto GMR, and some other cool stuff) and follow them directly south.
The last rail

Despite my optimism, here is an ancient depot along the old ROW

Two bridges

You can barely see the old ROW here

Beached ATSF Covered Hopper along the ROW
Bridge on a small spur

BIG bridge with just pillars remaining

Old bridge right next to the road

Another, bigger bridge

After a few more cookie-cutter bridges, there is this longer bridge

Big pillars over the Jeff Brazos River

The line ends here
New entries from Indonesia, this time from Parakan Line (Secang - Parakan, itself a branch of Ambarawa Line):

1. Remains of home signal of Secang station for trains from Parakan station. While the signal is (almost) completely swallowed by the building of a small restaurant, but the semaphore is still showing "clear" aspect, just like when the line was still active.

2. The site of a former grade crossing somewhere to the north west of Secang, with the rails had been long gone due to being illegally torn apart by workers of unlicensed scrapyards.

3. One of some locations where rails are still intact. However, the ties had been completely buried inside soil.

4. Part of RoW that has been turned into local road. Luckily the old rails are reused as "mold" when the road was rebuilt with concrete pavement.

5. Old telegraph pole that still stands on its original place.

6. Location of former Nguwet halt, unfortunately nothing left from this small halt.

7. Site of former grade crossing on the main road connecting Pringsurat and Kranggan. A small portion of old rail could be seen there (though you have to be careful when searching for the rail head).

8. Old rails somewhere near Kranggan station.

9. The main building of Kranggan station, still intact and repurposed by former station master (ID: kepala stasiun) of this station and his family as their house (with special permission from Indonesian Railways).