Abandoned Railroad Corridors Map

Map of Abandoned and Out-of-Service Railroad Corridors

Contact: railtrace91@gmail.com to report errors or additions to the map. Any railroad lines that you provide will be added to the map in due time as well as credited to you!

This is a working map primarily of abandoned railroad lines across North America, with layers to include abandonments across the rest of the world, tourist trains and heritage railways, and unbuilt railroads.

Text List of all data layers available:
US Canadian and Mexican Lines
US Canadian and Mexican Lines Less Than 12 Miles in Length
Heritage Lines
Other Countries
Unbuilt Lines

This map is incomplete, and will almost certainly remain incomplete. For the purposes of this map; the terms railbanked, out of service, disused, and abandoned are used interchangeably. This map is owned and maintained by Andrew Grigg, and while this is free to use for non-commercial purposes and applications, any data gathered from this map should provide a link to it as well as a citation.

I am in no way responsible for any errors or misinterpretations within the map. Please do not use map data to trespass on private property, railroad or otherwise, or any other illegal activity. Additionally, please follow all applicable laws regarding using cell phones or other handheld devices while driving.

Unless specifically stated otherwise, I have no affiliation with the authors of any websites, books, or other links which are provided for individual railroad lines. An exception is any link to an eBay page, as an affiliate, this website may earn commission for any purchases made, via the eBay Partner Network.

Additionally, the map data is available via MapHub. From MapHub, the data can be exported using the "Share" button into a GeoJSON file, .kml, .gpx, and Excel CSV, as well as embedded just like Google My Maps.

Thank you!
© Andrew Grigg, 2019


  1. Thank you for doing such a great job in recording these lost rails.

    1. Mark, thanks for the kind words. It is an ongoing process to add these corridors, and while I've done plenty myself for finding lines, I also have to thank all of those who have contributed and supported the map as well, as it would be much less full were it not for their contributions!

  2. Any way to incorporate some of this information in https://www.openrailwaymap.org/ ?

    The Google Maps UI is a lot better in getting details, but the Open Railway Map lets others share in the work. ;-)

  3. Hammy,

    Thanks for the comment. I love OpenRailwayMap, but the UI limitations are the exact reason why I continue updating this map, and have people email me their contributions to add to it.

    Abandoned rail lines are more than just that, there’s history here as well as appropriate links to more information than I or any other map could provide. Context is key!

    That said, this map will almost certainly never match the amount of content that ORW has. But at the same time, I would love to find a solution which allows users to upload information, and if another UI has a better system for that while allowing pertinent information to be displayed, I would be very interested in that!

  4. The NS line from just northeast of Clemmons NC to the Y in Winston-Salem has been out of service for a good many years, tracks and crossing signals still in place but not maintained. Similar situation with the Great Smokies line from the Nantahala Gorge to Murphy NC. Maintenance used to end at the runaround siding on the west end of the gorge, but now they're putting in a turntable about a mile west of there, for their steam engine. -- R. Hampton

    1. R., Thanks for the information. I have added the Winston-Salem line to the map. Hope to be able to take it off someday. Please let me know if there's anything else you know of to add!


  5. I have made a better map for the Cowichan Valley Trail- these two combined railway lines have videos of each trestle or bridge - Click on icons for distances between points, Click on pictures for video https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=1mCmK4HHjFGmwLYfvAzmueEd6NfI&msa=0&spn=0.123099%2C0.363579&ll=48.69669265027417%2C-123.80961695000002&z=10

  6. theres a lot missing in Portugal and Spain tho!!!

    1. Sotavento,

      Thanks for your comment. Indeed there is plenty missing in Spain, Portugal and around the world. If you know of a particular line not on the map, please send an email to railtrace91@gmail.com with information. Thanks!

  7. Missing an important historic abandoned railline. The old C&O connection between Hampton, VA and Fort Monroe. On Fort Monroe was the original Mile Post 0 of the Chesapeake and Ohio. Zooming in on Fort Monroe on your Google Earth Map, the icon for the MP0 is marked. Follow East Mercury north offpost and you can still see remnants of the causeway over the Hampton Rive where E. Mercury and East Mellon Street split. It connected to the still used portion of rail you can see clearly near East King Street just south of I-64.

  8. I live along the Historic Cheshire Rail Trail in NH - I am trying to save historic infrastructure and the rail trail for the public, which it belongs to. I have 2 fb pages, named 'Cheshire Rail Trail - Keene to Connecticut River' and "CT River-Cheshire Rail Trail' - they have petitions and many, many photos, videos, documents, deeds, maps, etc... Please check them out and help me save this old rail line for the people! Thank you, Patricia Rodrigues, 52 Old Route 12 North, Westmoreland, NH - my fb name is 'Pat Rod'

  9. Three more suggestions, all spurs off of the Rock Island. One is the line running to Midlothian Country Club in Midlothian, Il, another is the line running from by the Oak Forest, IL train station to the OAK Forest Hospital grounds (a short length still exists by the station, and the rail bed is still visible on the grounds), and a spur to the DuPont gunpowder factory that blew up over a hundred years ago, near the hospital. The cutting is still visible in the forest preserve, as is the square of the buried factory foundation at 41.607558, -87.731575.