• Most Scenic Abandoned Rail lines

  • General discussion related to Rail Trails nationwide, including proposed rail trail routes. The official site of the Rails-To-Trails Conservancy can be found here: www.railstotrails.org.
General discussion related to Rail Trails nationwide, including proposed rail trail routes. The official site of the Rails-To-Trails Conservancy can be found here: www.railstotrails.org.

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  by cloudship
 
What are some of the most scenic abandoned rail lines that are still somewhat intact? The whole line does not have to be scenic, but needs to include at least some scenic sections. I am looking for anything from a few miles to trans state corridors. They don't have to be useable, but must have some track remaining.

P.S. I was not sure what forum to put this under, please move if you think it belongs somewhere else.
  by RSD15
 
The exDRG&W line through Tennessee Pass in Colorado.
  by ColoradoRailBuff
 
I agree with the ex-DRGW line over Tennessee Pass, BUT, it would be best to include the line from Minturn (near Vail) all the way to Canon City as it goes along one of the prettiest valleys in the Rockies. It follows the every growing Arkansas River from just outside Leadville to Buena Vista, Salida and on to Canon City and includes the Royal Gorge as well. Actually the line continues to pretty much follow the Arkansas river the rest of the way across Colorado's eastern plains and on into Kansas.
  by TB Diamond
 
The Butte Short Line (Ex-Northern Pacific Logan-Butte, MT over Homestake Pass).
  by Adirondacker
 
RussNelson wrote:The Adirondack Branch, of course.
I'm not sure if it was ever formally abandoned. And nowadays it's the busier railroad in Saratoga Springs - more passengers than Amtrak.
  by mtuandrew
 
cloudship wrote:P.S. I was not sure what forum to put this under, please move if you think it belongs somewhere else.
I'm not sure either - we'll let it stand here for now, but I'll ask Jeff Smith to review and possibly move the thread.

Otherwise, I think you have covered the lines I was going to say. I have a feeling the BCR's Alaska extension would also fit the description, though there isn't much left but a graded right-of-way.
  by National82
 
Ted Jones Trail in North St. Louis County ( ex Stl KC and Northern RR, Wabash, N&W, and NS 1876-1988)
  by NealG
 
The old B&M Ammonoosuc Valley line from the NH/VT state line in Woodsville to Littleton, NH. It runs along the Ammonoosuc River, through Woodsville, Bath, Lisbon and into Littleton. It is quite scenic.
  by rhallock
 
I would recommend the former Murphy (NC) branch of the Southern Ry beyond where the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad operations now end at Nantahala Gorge. The tracks still extend about 28 miles more through Andrews to Murphy including a grade reported to be 6%.
  by litz
 
rhallock wrote:I would recommend the former Murphy (NC) branch of the Southern Ry beyond where the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad operations now end at Nantahala Gorge. The tracks still extend about 28 miles more through Andrews to Murphy including a grade reported to be 6%.
Can you just imagine if the section from there, to the state line, across to Mineral Bluff were still intact?

You could run from Blue Ridge all the way up to the GSMR territory.

BTW, this is ex-L&N RR .. which became CSX. this was never Southern or NS territory.

on the GA/TN side, this is still operated by the GNRR/BLRX operations, and TVRM (Hiwassee River Rail)
  by atsf sp
 
I second the Homestake Pass.
  by NS VIA FAN
 
CN’s x Newfoundland Railway. Nearly the entire 550 mile former Narrow-Gauge route is preserved as the T’Railway Provencial Park.

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  by TheOneKEA
 
The Western Maryland Railway's West Sub in Allegany County, MD, is quite scenic in areas, and the portion that is currently in use as a rail trail has several areas where the mountainside cuts and earthworks are visible and quite interesting to examine. When the rail trail is extended west to Indigo Tunnel there will be several segments where the Potomac River and the CSX Cumberland Sub are both visible from the trail, as are the mountains in West Virginia.