A Map of Abandoned Railroad Lines in the State of Illinois

One of my future goals for mapping is to better visualize the data we have gathered over the last five years. To that end, I created a map of abandoned rail lines entirely for the State of Illinois! 

Data is based on our interactive map© FRRandP, 2021

I am fairly confident I have discovered most, if not all, of the abandoned lines in the state, and will be creating static maps over time for other states as well! There are still many lines I haven't discovered across the United States, however, so the next states will likely be in the Midwest. That being said, even states like Wisconsin and Michigan have incredibly large swaths of forest where logging railroads once ran, and I cannot say for certain I have discovered all of them yet. But for now, enjoy this map of Illinois! 


  1. can i help with nationally important abendon railroads in illinois ?


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