Abandoned Rail lines on Google Maps

I decided to follow the old transcontinental RR using the website JCitron found. (why do I feel like using this site is cheating?)

It starts at the end of this industry spur:

Then it ducks under a current rail line where the abandoned line has a weird tunnel under the bridge but it doesn't need a tunnel, its weird.

Then it joins up with this industry:

After that there is a spur that is imperceptible and less than a mile long which I won't mention.

Then, there is this re-alignment in Cheyenne

There is this re-routing between Cheyenne and Laramie.

The old line follows the highway.

Then, it survives as Ironhorse RD

Then it goes over this big bridge
And there is this beutiful photosphere of the bridge in the winter

Then it goes through this narrow canyon in another really cool photoshpere.

Then it joins back up here

There is another re-alignment here, it splits down the line and re-joins up the line, but the only interesting part is where the old ROW goes right next to the highway.
It's the big bulge

Abandoned turntable in Evanston, with 3 50-tonners

There is this "Big Fill" on a re-route

The old ROW went by this big arch

Then it goes through another narrow canyon

I stumbled upoun the Golden Spike Monument
The engine house
Thanks for those, KAW4014. The big bridge: Indeed, Dale Creek ended up being a huge trestle to cross a gorge with a creek a person could jump over. I am not sure why they did not go farther south in the beginning, but it is what it is.
I will have to check out those sites in Evanston next time I go through, I was not even aware that was there.
The big fill is part of the final race between UP and CP, with teams working right past each other in order to get the most mileage.
Haha, I'm just imagining a scene of two track crews twenty feet away from each other frantically building track. They're throwing out insults to each other periodically and someone sneaks over and steals a pickaxe and someone else yells "Where's ma pickaxe?!?" XD.


Stranded depot in Warren, PA. This was part of the Dunkirk, Allegheny Valley & Pittsburgh RR.

Embankment still visible up the line in Frewsburg, NY

Bridge pier next to road bridge nearby

Abandoned signal tower and bridge with a really cool photosphere in the tower, too

Model Railroad - like town at the end of a spur with two tiny railcars with an old depot
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The lost station at Granby, CT. is on the former Westfield, MA to Plainville, CT. line now a rail trail. The Pioneer Valley runs trains on the upper end of this once through line which Guilford killed in the 1980s. This was once a New Haven line that Conrail shed in the mid to late 1970s. The B&M bought it and ran it until Guilford killed it. They did the same to the line from Pittsfield, MA to North Adams around the same time.
Here is a shot of one location used in my current project


It is the junction of two narrow gauge lines at Quorn, South Australia. On the left is the old Central Australia line that ran from Port Augusta to Alice Springs at the centre of the continent, a distance of 1,240km (770mi). On the right, with the home signal, is the old main line which ran 137km (56mi) south to Peterborough where it joined the old main narrow gauge transcontinental line from Port Pirie to Broken Hill.

Only a short section (39km) of the original narrow gauge network is still in operation, from here to Port Augusta, as part of the Pichi Richi Railway, a steam heritage railway.
Two new entries from me, both relates to same thing:


This abandoned bridge is located inside the city of Tegal (Central Java), identified as part of the branchline from Tegal station toward former Tegal Gudang station (freight-only), which eventually continues to Port of Tegal.


And this is the shot of an abandoned warehouse that once forms part of Tegal Gudang station. Luckily it has been already under the management of Indonesian Railways through their Property Ownership and Management Bureau.
Some East Java entries from me :

[A] Lumajang Line

[1] Former Grobogan station in September 2021

[2] Abandoned grade crossing, not far from downtown area of Lumajang (some of the rails are still intact)

[3] Abandoned rails in the downtown area of Lumajang that is still intact (but has been partially buried under the soil)

[4] The floating rails above small waterway, which proves that there was a bridge there (the steel girders were "stolen", but not for the rails)

[5] Front facade of Yosowilangun station that has been partially blocked by houses in front of it

[6] An abandoned bridge above waterway and grade crossing somewhere near Kencong station (*1)

[7] Remaining of Krebet station that has been turned into an open storage space for wood materials etc

Panarukan Line

[1] Steel girder bridge of Panarukan Line that is located not far from Kalisat station (and is located right near the active line toward Banyuwangi) (*2)

[2] Former Sukowono station that has been turned into a cafe sometimes in 2021 (*3)

[3] Bondowoso station in November 2021


(*1) while the steel girders were stolen, but the rails were not, which became the reason why local people modified the floating rails into a pedestrian bridge
(*2) as of August 2022, the rails has been torn off as part of preparation work for reopening of Panarukan Line in 2024
(*3) it is unclear whether the cafe would be forced to close and move into other place nearby or not (though I would say that "if the cafe is legally borrowing the station building from Property Ownership and Management Bureau of Indonesian Railways, the owner have to prepare for announcement from Indonesian Railways regarding the reopening of this line in 2024")
Some East Java entries from me :

I decided to try my hand at Indonesian Abandoned Railfanning and I wasn't dissapointed:

An old yellow and black signal

A low rail bridge over the road

A bridge over a river

What appears to be an old crossing gate
There is another crossing gate across the track
There is also a teensy tiny bridge

Another tiny bridge. Was there originally a floor or bottom to this bridge or was it actually bottomless?

A beautiful sunset and another bridge

A bridge over the road

A big trestle bridge over a river

A concrete bridge over another river

A black, yellow and red signal

An ominous black and white sign with a skull and crossbones on it
There is also a crossing gate here

Back in the USA

Before this line in New Jersey became a road it came out here and went over a curved bridge.
A better view of the bridge (I put it in fall)

An abandoned signal bridge

Stranded rails embedded it the road an another signal bridge

This is the last time these rails saw the light of day

Greenwood Lake Railway's main depot it looks like with various old passenger cars two NYGL GP9s and an Alco PA of some sort and two cabooses (will be putting the GP9s in GMR)

Abandoned bridge from the Rockaway Branch

Another one

This bridge is an elevated line the towers over the road and here there is a signal bridge up there

What did this pole do?


Even more Heaven
For convenience, I'll describe everything below here:

This is the roundel-shaped Krian mechanical signal of Tamanan station, where this signal was recently received cosmetic renovation from Indonesian Railways and some of railfan organizations to preserve it for future generation. Because such signals are using roundel plate to indicate signal aspect, they're officially called as "sinyal tebeng Krian" (the word "tebeng" itself refers to the roundel plate, whereas "Krian" refers to the model name, as these signals were first tested at Krian station in 1880s by the then Staatsspoorwegen or SS)

This one is located between Tamanan and Grujugan, where such bridges were constructed with "thin" girders if the span is short.[/QUOTE]

The bridge is located just before Nangkaan station, which has been turned into a beauty salon by local people.

The location is supposed to be Grade Crossing #255 (counted from the still active Grade Crossing #1 at Probolinggo), and until the demise of Panarukan Line in December 20th, 2004 this crossing still used mechanically-operated gate that dates back from Dutch East Indies period, hence it became the reason why the guard post is much smaller than the current ones.

Another tiny bridge. Was there originally a floor or bottom to this bridge or was it actually bottomless?

Seems the bridge was originally having wooden ties to support the rails, but it is unclear whether the wooden ties for the bridge were stolen or not.

Generally this bridge is the same with above, though the wooden ties are still there (but already decayed).

This one is located a few kilometers before Bonosare station.

Both of them are located between Tapen and Prajekan stations, with the truss bridge crosses above one of small rivers that merges with Sampean river (where Panarukan Line roughly follows it all the way from Kalisat to Panarukan). In contrast to the truss bridge, the concrete ones crosses medium-sized irrigation waterway (possibly built in the Dutch East Indies period) that supplied many rice fields nearby.

This one is also the same Krian roundel signal, which found on most of stations of Panarukan Line (except Bondowoso and Situbondo that uses Alkmaar signals with no interlocking equipments, and Kalisat that employs the current Siemens & Halske mechanical signals with semi-automatic interlocking equipments). According to Mr. Ambang Hari Laksono (local rail fan from Jember area), stations of Panarukan Line that still using Krian roundel signals when it was closed on December 20th, 2004 are:

1. Sukowono
2. Tamanan
3. Grujugan
4. Bonosare
5. Prajekan
6. Panarukan

Lines built in the Dutch East Indies period that were categorized into branch lines were normally having only home signal for each directions, or home and distant signals (if there is a curve right before the station), and the starting signals were omitted. But this rule was later abolished, and replaced with a new rule that requires all of stations to have home, distant and starting signals for both directions.

And this one is located near Widuri station, with this grade crossing is called as Grade Crossing #302 (counted from Probolinggo). Just to the left of guard post is the classical warning bell that would inform crossing operator about the presence of a train, and it dates back to the Dutch East Indies period. While existing grade crossings are still having such warning bells, newer ones are not (as they have been slowly replaced by radio equipments, and even existing grade crossings were already equipped with radio equipments). The skull and crossbones sign functions as a warning to road vehicle drivers to not pass the grade crossing if the gates are in closed position, as it would cause horrific collision (the worst is the driver instantly died there due to collision).
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Thank you for the history on each one, I felt so dumb saying, "big yellow signal" "tiny bridge" or "big stick things".
No problem, it is normal for someone to learn something new. ;)

Anyway, a new entry from me:


This is the April 2022 shot of abandoned home signal of Blimbing station (Malang, East Java), where this signal was for branch line (in reality "steam tram line", as it was inherited from Malang Stoomtram Maatschappij that built the line to steam tram specification, but with same 1067mm gauge) that connects Blimbing station to Tumpang station in eastern part of Malang Regency. While this line was closed in 1968 due to the development of road transport, but most part of this line is still under the control of Indonesian Railways.
Do people use abandoned lines as paths in Indonesia as they do in the US? Of course in the US it is mostly hikers and horseback riders and bicyclists looking for a scenic byway, but I am curious what types of uses if any they are put to in Indonesia?
Do people use abandoned lines as paths in Indonesia as they do in the US? Of course in the US it is mostly hikers and horseback riders and bicyclists looking for a scenic byway, but I am curious what types of uses if any they are put to in Indonesia?

AFAIK most of them could fell into one of the following situations:

1. The disused (or abandoned) lines are repurposed into a road usable by any kinds of vehicle, although on some cases only motorbike, bicycle and pedestrian that could use it due to the width of right-of-way (normally seen on rural section of such lines). Lines that shares same right-of-way with public roads are normally having the rails torn off or directly buried under the asphalt when the road is widened to accommodate larger amount of traffic.
2. Part of the right-of-way is turned into an agricultural site (most of them are rice fields), factory, commercial facilities (and even house) directly on the right-of-way.

Except for some abandoned lines that under the ownership of local government (due to its history), most of them are still legally owned and managed by Indonesian Railways (PT. Kereta Api Indonesia a.k.a KAI), primarily for the landstrip that were former right-of-way, as well as facilities like stations, locomotive depots, etc. This means that if someone wants to repurpose the right-of-way he/she/they have to contact Indonesian Railways first to obtain legal permission, because there is a possibility that such lines could be reopened by Indonesian Railways for train traffic to solve congestion on public roads.

As stated on all of signboards placed by Indonesian Railways at locations of disused or abandoned lines:

"Any attempts for constructing building or repurposing landstrip owned by Indonesian Railways without legal permissions (both partially and completely) could be prosecuted with the Article 167, 385 and 389 of Criminal Law"