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   I am no expert on railroad abandonment procedures nor do I know everything about the abandonment process or how to obtain the rights of salvage or any more details of a particular abandonment notice, other that what is on the Surface Transportation Board's site. This is a hobby of mine since I like trains and railroad history, so I've kept up with the abandonment notices on either the STB site or Federal Register. This site is for information purposes only and I can't guarantee that I'll find every single  first-time notice that's published, but I'll try. (KZ)

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PROPOSED RAILROAD ABANDONMENTS - LATEST NOTICE BOTTOM OF LIST

2009

(Page updated December 31, 2009 - last first-time abandonment notices served December 28, 2009)

I will try to update once a week or more. I do not guarantee getting every first-time abandonment notice, but I will try to. The latest abandonment proposal will be last on the list in most cases. The Docket numbers for each listing are posted. Only NEW requests for abandonments will be listed...no updates to previous filings. Also, it may be months or years before track is actually taken up on some of these proposals - these rulings only give the railroad the right to abandon..

The address of the Surface Transportation Board is: Office of the Secretary, Case Control Unit, 1925 K Street, Washington DC 20423. The STB phone number for abandonment procedures (Office of Public Services) is: 202-565-1592. If you contact them, it would be handy to use the Docket Numbers. Their Web address is: http://www.stb.dot.gov if you'd like the complete listings.

These abandonment proposals have been printed in the Federal Register OR have come directly from the Surface Transportation Board. They will go in effect unless one of the following occurs: 1) an offer of financial assistance is received; 2) a request for public use of the land is received (for instance, rails-to-trails); 3) petitions to reopen the case is filed. Railroads, before they can file these "notices of exemption under CFR 1152 Subpart F," must certify that 1) no local traffic has moved over the line for at least 2 years; 2) any overhead traffic can be routed over other lines; 3) no formal complaint filed by a user is pending and; 4) environmental reports, historic reports, transmittal letter, newspaper publication, and notice to governmental agencies have been met.

LATEST NOTICE ON BOTTOM OF DOCUMENT (Click 2008 for 2008 notices)

VIRGINIA - Norfolk Southern Railway Company - To abandon a 4.20-mile line of railroad between milepost DW 41.60, and milepost DW 45.80, in Martinsville, Henry County, VA. The line traverses United States Postal Service Zip Code 24112 and includes the former stations of Martinsville and Jones Creek. Effective on February 5, 2009. (STB Docket No. AB-290 (Sub-No. 304X, decided December 23, 2008, served January 6, 2009)

WASHINGTON - Bellingham International Railroad, LLC - To abandon a 2-mile line of railroad between milepost 2.98 and milepost 4.98 in Bellingham, Whatcom County, WA. Effective on February 7, 2009. (STB Docket No. AB-1026X, decided January 2, 2009, served January 8, 2009)

COLORADO-KANSAS - KYLE RAILROAD COMPANY - (Part of Rock Island 1980s abandonment) Kyle Railroad Company (Kyle), a Class III rail carrier, has filed a verified notice of exemption under 49 CFR 1150.41 to acquire from Mid-States Port Authority (MSPA), a noncarrier, and to operate a 351.50-mile line of railroad extending between: (a) Milepost 531.oo at Limon, CO, and milepost 189.40 at Belleville, KS; (b) milepost 189.40 at Belleville, KS, and milepost 182.00 at Munden, KS; and (c) milepost  226.25 at Belleville and milepost 223.75, east of Belleville, in Lincoln and Kit Carson Counties, CO, and Sherman, Thomas, Sheridan, Decatur, Norton, Phillips, Smith, Jewell, and Republic Counties, KS.     As part of the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad Company (Rock Island) bankruptcy proceeding, the Rock Island was authorized by the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) to abandon its entire rail system with certain conditions. See Chicago, R. I. & R. P. Co. Abandonment, 363 I.C.C. 150. The proposed transaction is scheduled to be consummated on June 1, 2009. (STB Finance Docket No. 35212, decided January 16served January 28, 2009)

IDAHO - Union Pacific Railroad Company - to abandon a portion of its Coeur d'Alene Industrial Lead between milepost 7.5 near Gibbs, and the end of the line at milepost 8.79 near Coeur d'Alene, a distance of 1.29 miles in Kootenai County, ID. A final decision will be issued by May 4, 2009. (STB Docket No. AB-33 (Sub-No. 272X, decided January 23, served February 3, 2009_

WASHINGTON - Puget Sound & Pacific Railroad Company - To permit PS&P to abandon an 8,344-foot long rail line that begins just south of where the railroad line crosses U.S. Highway 101 in Hoquiam, and proceeds in a northerly direction for 8,344 feet to the end of the line, in Grays Harbor County, WA. PS&P explains that the line begins 3,424 feet north of the main track clearance off of the Elma Main and is part of the line known as the Horn Spur.\2\ The line traverses U.S. Postal Service Zip Code 98550, and includes the station of Hoquiam. A final decision will be issued by May 19, 2009. (STB Docket No. AB-1023 (Sub-No. 1X, decided February 10, served February 18, 2009)

MISSISSIPPI - Illinois Central Railroad Company-To abandon a 1.20-mile line of railroad between milepost 311.90 and milepost 313.10, in Grenada, Grenada County, MS. Effective on March 20, 2009. (STB Docket No. AB-43 (Sub-No. 182X, decided February 10, served February 18, 2009)

CALIFORNIA - San Diego & Imperial Valley Railroad Company, Inc - To discontinue service over a 1.35-mile line of railroad between milepost 19.85 and milepost 21.2 in the vicinity of Escondido, in San Diego County, CA.\1\ The line traverses U.S. Postal Zip Codes 92025 and 92029 and includes the station of Escondido. A final decision will be issued by May 19, 2009. (STB Docket No. AB-1029 (Sub-No. 1X, decided February 10, served February 18, 2009)

MICHIGAN - Mid-Michigan Railroad, Inc - To discontinue service over a 6.94-mile line of railroad between milepost 159.5 at Grand Rapids (Walker) and
milepost 166.44 at Marne, in Kent and Ottawa Counties, MI.\1\ The line traverses United States Postal Service Zip Codes 49404, 49435, and  49544, and includes the stations of Grand Rapids and Marne. A final decision will be issued by June 1, 2009. (STB Docket No. AB-364 (Sub-No. 15X, decided February 20, served March 3, 2009)

IDAHO - BNSF Railway Company - To discontinue  trackage rights over approximately 1.39 miles of rail line owned by  Union Pacific Railroad Company, between milepost 7.40 at Gibb and milepost 8.79 at Coeur d'Alene, in Kootenai County, ID. A final decision will be  issued by June 2, 2009. (STB Docket No. AB-6 (Sub-No. 466X, decided February 24, 2009, servec March 4, 2009)

VIRGINIA - Norfolk Southern Railway Company - To abandon a 1.81-mile line of railroad between milepost CV 277.30 (Big  Stone Gap) and milepost CV 279.11 (Appalachia), in Wise County, VA. Effective on April 10, 2009. (STB Docket No. AB-290 (Sub-No. 300X, decided February 27, served March 11, 2009)

NEW JERSEY - Consolidated Rail Corporation and Norfolk Southern Railway Company - For Conrail to abandon, and for CSXT and NS to discontinue service over, an approximately 1.36-mile portion of a line of railroad known as the Harsimus Branch, between milepost 0.00, CP Waldo, and  milepost 1.36, a point east of Washington Street, in Jersey City. Effective on April 17, 2009. (STB Docket No. AB-167 (Sub-No. 1189X and STB Docket No. AB-290 (Sub-No. 306X, decided March 11, served March 18, 2009)

MISSOURI - Union Pacific Railroad Company - For permission to abandon its Essex to Miner Line, extending from milepost 196.7, near Essex, to milepost 216.27, near Miner, a distance of 19.57 miles, in New Madrid, Scott, and Stoddard Counties, MO (the line).\1\ The line includes the stations of Hunterville (milepost 198.7), Morehouse (milepost 205.4), Sikeston (milepost 211.4), and Miner (milepost 214.5). In addition to the 19.57 miles of branch line, the line includes approximately 4.4 miles of sidings and industrial track. A final decision will be issued by June 17, 2009. (STB Docket No. AB-33 (Sub-No. 261, decided March 13, served March 19, 2009)

INDIANA - Central Railroad Company of Indianapolis - To abandon 5.18 miles of rail line, consisting of 2.38 miles between milepost 181.26 and milepost 183.64, on CERA's main line (West Kokomo line segment), and 2.8 miles between milepost 51.5 and milepost 54.3, on CERA's Tipton Industrial Lead (South Kokomo line segment), in Howard County, IN. Effective on April 29, 2009. (STB Docket No. AB-511 (Sub-No. 4X, decided March 20, served March 30, 2009)

MICHIGAN - Central Michigan Railway Company - To abandon an approximately 1.75-mile line of railroad, consisting of the following three interconnected segments: (1) A line (segment A) extending from milepost 157.96 (at the switch connection with the east-west aligned tracks of the Mid-Michigan Railroad, Inc. (MMR) near the intersection of Taylor Avenue and Quimby Street) through valuation map marker 9+87.2 (the location of the south wye, or Press Track, switch adjacent to Monroe Avenue) and continuing to the end of the track at a point immediately north of Michigan Street/Bridge Street; (2) a line (segment B) extending from valuation map marker 3+00 (at a switch connection with a line of MMR immediately at the east end of the MMR bridge spanning the Grand River) to a connection with segment A at valuation map marker 9+87.2 (at the south wye switch); and (3) a line (segment C) extending from valuation map marker 0+00 (at a point of connection with the east-west aligned MMR line immediately to the east of the MMR line's bridge spanning the Grand River) due northward to valuation map marker 11+15.0 (approximately 250 feet south of Ann Street),\1\ in Grand Rapids, Kent County, MI. Effective on May 1, 2009. (STB Docket No. AB-308 (Sub-No. 4X, decided March 25, served April 1, 2009)

CALIFORNIA - Arizona & California Railroad Company - To abandon a 49.40-mile rail line between milepost 0.0 at Rice and milepost 49.4 at Ripley, in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties, CA. The line traverses U.S. Postal Service Zip Codes 92225, 92226, and 92280, and includes the stations of Rice, Styx, Midland, Cox, Inca, Mesaville, Blythe, Miller Farms, and Ripley. A final decision will be issued by June 30, 2009. (STB Docket No. AB-1022 (Sub-No. 1X, decided March 23, served April 1, 2009)

WISCONSIN - Union Pacific Railroad Company - To abandon a 3.08-mile line of railroad known as the Capitol Drive Industrial Lead, extending from milepost 92.21, the Shoreline connection, to the end of the line at milepost 89.13, south of Hampton Avenue in the northeast Milwaukee area, in Milwaukee County, WI. Effective on May 9, 2009. (STB Docket No. AB-33 (Sub-No. 268X, decided April 3, served April 9, 2009)

CALIFORNIA - Tulare Valley Railroad Company - To discontinue service over a 5.9-mile line of railroad between milepost 66.0 at or near Ultra and milepost 71+2969.2 at or near Ducor, in Tulare County, CA. Effective on May 19, 2009. (STB Docket No. AB-397 (Sub-No. 6X, decided  April 7, served April 17, 2009)

KENTUCKY - Seaside Holdings, Inc - To discontinue service over a 12.56-mile line of railroad extending from milepost OWH 258.5 to the end of the track at milepost OWH 271.06 in Harlan County, KY. Effective on May 19, 2009. (STB Docket No. AB-1027X, decided April 3, served April 17, 2009)

MICHIGAN - Mid-Michigan Railroad, Inc - To abandon a 3.35-mile line of railroad between milepost 191.40 and milepost 194.75, at the end of the line, in Muskegon County, MI. Effective on May 20, 2009. (STB Docket No. AB-364 (Sub-No. 16X, decided April 10, served April 20, 2009)

MISSOURI - Union Pacific Railroad Company - To discontinue service over the Pea Ridge Subdivision, a 20.67-mile line of railroad, extending from milepost 63.75, near New Fountain Farm, to milepost 84.42, near Pea Ridge, in Washington County, MO. Effective on May 22, 2009. (STB Docket No. AB-33 (Sub-No. 204X, decided April 10, served April 22, 2009)

PENNSYLVANIA - Norfolk Southern Railway Company - Nittany and Bald Eagle Railroad Company (N&BE) - (NSR), pursuant to a written trackage rights agreement entered into between NSR and ,\1\ has agreed to grant temporary, non-exclusive, overhead trackage rights to N&BE over a portion of NSR's line of railroad between Lock Haven, PA (milepost BR 194.2), and Driftwood, PA (milepost BR 139.2), a distance of approximately 55 miles. (STB Finance Docket No. 35222, decided April 26, served April 23, 2009)  - NOTE: While not technically an abandonment, I just couldn't resist having a record of a railroad name like Nittany and Bald Eagle Railroad Company :-)

MICHIGAN - Huron & Eastern Railway Company, Inc - To abandon a 2.5-mile rail line between milepost 0.0, at Owosso, and milepost 2.5, the end of the line, in Shiawassee County, MI. The line traverses United States Postal Service Zip Codes 48841 and 48867, and includes the station of Owosso Jct.. A final decision will be issued by July 24, 2009. (STB Docket No. AB-1030 (Sub-No. 1X, decided April 20, served April 27, 2009)

GEORGIA - Norfolk Southern Railway Company - To abandon a 12.31-mile line of railroad between milepost 3.69-N and milepost 16.00-N, in Floyd and Polk Counties, GA. Effective on June 4, 2009. (STB Docket No. AB-290 (Sub-No. 310X, decided April 29, served Maiy 5, 2009)

VIRGINIA-NORTH CAROLINA - Norfolk Southern Railway Company - North Carolina & Virginia Railroad Co., Inc., Virginia Southern Railroad Division - To discontinue service over a 15.25 mile line of railroad between milepost D-37.9, south of Clarksville, VA, and milepost D-53.15, at O&H Junction, near Oxford, NC, in Mecklenberg County, VA, and Granville County, NC (the line). Effective on June 12, 2009. (STB Docket No. AB-290 (Sub-No. 316X); STB Docket No. AB-866 (Sub-No. 2X, decided May 7, served May 13, 2009)

TENNESSEE - CSX Transportation, Inc - To abandon a 6.4-mile rail line, known as the Athens Branch, on its Southern Region, Huntington-West Division, KD Subdivision between milepost OKW 327, at Englewood, and milepost OKW 333.4, at Athens, in McMinn County, TN. The line traverses United States Postal Service Zip Codes 37329 and 37303, and includes the Athens station (milepost OKW 334). A final decision will be issued by August 19, 2009. (STB Docket No. AB-55 (Sub-No. 694X. decded May 15, served May 21, 1009)

OKLAHOMA - BNSF Railway Company - To abandon or discontinue service), 49 U.S.C. 10904 (offers of financial assistance to avoid abandonment and discontinuance), and 49 U.S.C. 10905 (offering abandoned rail properties for sale for public purposes) for a segment of track on the Chickasha Line in Oklahoma City, OK, between milepost 541.69 and milepost 540.15 (the middle segment).. STB Finance Docket No. 35164; STB Docket No. AB-6 (Sub-No. 430X, decided May 19, werved May 26, 2009)

IOWA - MINNESOTA - Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad Corporation -To discontinue overhead trackage rights over approximately 48.2 miles of Union Pacific Railroad Company (UP) rail lines extending from milepost 107.0 at Hartland, MN, to milepost 119.4 at Albert Lea, MN, and from milepost 251.6 at Albert Lea to milepost 192.8 at Mason City, IA, (the Hartland-Mason City Line), in Freeborn County, MN, and Worth and Cerro Gordo Counties, IA. Effective on July 2, 2009. (STB Docket No. AB-337 (Sub-No. 6X, decided May 26, served June 2, 2009)

GEORGIA - CSX Transportation, Inc. - To abandon a 0.31-mile rail line on its Southern Region, Jacksonville Division, Brunswick Subdivision, between milepost AOB 534.36 and milepost AOB 534.67 in Brunswick, Glynn County, GA. A final decision will be issued by September 9, 2009, or sooner if the request to expedite is granted. (STB Docket No. AB-55 (Sub-No. 697X, decided June 5, served June 11, 2009)

TEXAS - Union Pacific Railroad Company - To abandon its Henderson Industrial Lead, extending from milepost 0.59, near Overton, to milepost 16.28, near Henderson, a distance of 15.69 miles, in Rusk County, TX (the Henderson Industrial Lead or the line). Any interested person may file with the Board written comments concerning the proposed abandonment, or protests (including the
protestant's entire case in opposition), by July 10, 2009. (STB Docket No. AB-33 (Sub-No. 275, decided June 8, served June 15, 2009)

TENNESSEE - Norfolk Southern Railway Company-- To abandon a 0.66-mile line of railroad between mileposts 15.50-KA and 16.16-KA in Maryville, Blount County, TN. Effective on August 1, 2009. (STB Docket No. AB-290 (Sub-No. 309X, decided June 26, served July 2, 2009)

CALIFORNIA - Union Pacific Railroad Company - To abandon a 5.18-mile line of railroad known as the McHenry Industrial Lead extending from milepost 21.25 near Escalon to milepost 26.43 near cHenry in San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties, CA. Effective on August 1, 2009. (STB Docket No. AB-33 (Sub-No. 278X, decided June 25, served July 2, 2009)

NEW HAMPSHIRE - Pan Am Railways \1\ and its subsidiaries, Boston and Maine Corporation, Inc. (B&M), and Springfield Terminal Railway Company (ST) (collectively, Pan Am), filed an application under 49
U.S.C. 10903 asking the Board to authorize the third-party, or ``adverse,'' discontinuance of operating authority of New England Southern Railroad Co., Inc. (NES), over approximately 27 miles of B&M's New Hampshire Main Line (Line), extending from milepost B80.68 at Penacook to milepost B56 at Manchester, NH, and including (1) the portion of the former Claremont and Concord Railroad line from the switch to the New Hampshire Main Line valuation station 41+98; and (2) one track for interchange purposes in the B&M yard at Manchester. (STB Docket No. AB-32 (Sub-No. 100, decided July 10, served July 16, 2009)

CALIFORNIA - Tulare Valley Railroad Company - To abandon a 5.9-mile line of railroad between milepost 71+2969.2 at or near Ducor and milepost 66.0 at or near Ultra, in Tulare County, CA. Effective on August 20, 2009. (STB Docket No. AB-397 (Sub-No. 7X, decided July 16, served July 21, 2009)

IDAHO - Palouse River & Coulee City Railroad, Inc. - To abandon 2.98 miles of rail line consisting of the following three segments between: (1) Milepost 84.0, at the Washington-Idaho State line, and milepost 85.91, in Moscow, ID; (2) milepost 86.11 and milepost 86.9, in Moscow; and (3) milepost 85.5 and the end of the line at the intersection of A Street and Almon Street, in Moscow, Latah County, ID, Effective on September 10, 2009. (STB Docket No. AB-570 (Sub-No. 3X, decided August 6, served August 11, 2009)

OREGON - Lake County, Oregon--Adverse Discontinuance of Rail Service--Modoc Railway and Land Company, LLC and Modoc Northern Railroad Company - asking the Board to authorize the third-party, or ``adverse,'' discontinuance of operating authority of Modoc Railway and Land Company, LLC (MR&L) and Modoc Northern Railroad Company (MNRR) over a 55.41-mile rail line between milepost 456.89 at or near Alturas, CA, and milepost 512.30 at or near Lakeview, OR. Complicated ruling, can't fine deadline. (STB Docket No. AB-1035, decided Auguat 13, served August 19, 2009)

PENNSYLVANIA - Reading Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad Company - To discontinue service over a 8.6-mile portion of the Pennsy Branch between milepost 67.8, at or near Shackamaxon Street, in Leesport, Berks County, PA, to the end of the line at milepost 76.4, at or near Grand Street, in Hamburg, Berks County, PA. Effective on September 25, 2009. (STB Docket No. AB-996 (Sub-No. 2X, decided August 20, served August 26,2009)

TEXAS - Union Pacific Railroad Company - Union Pacific Railroad Company (UP), Fort Worth and Dallas Belt Railroad Company (FWDB), and Fort Worth and Western Railroad Company (FWWR)  (collectively, petitioners) jointly filed with the Surface Transportation Board (Board) a petition under 49 U.S.C. 10502 for exemption from the provisions of 49 U.S.C. 10903 to permit: (1) UP to abandon and discontinue service over a segment of its North Fort Worth Branch line of railroad between milepost 633.02 and milepost 634.25, a distance of approximately 1.23 miles in Tarrant County, TX; (2) FWDB to discontinue operations over the subject line segment; \1\ and (3) FWWR to discontinue overhead and local trackage rights over the subject line segment. A final decision will be issued by November 25, 2009.. (STB Docket No. AB-33 (Sub-No. 280X); STB Docket No. AB-1038X); STB Docket No. AB-546X, decided August 24, served August 27, 2009)

IDAHO - BNSF Railway Company - To abandon a 6.23-mile rail line between milepost 6.10, near Post Falls, and milepost 12.33, at Coeur d'Alene, in Kootenai County, ID.\1\ The line traverses United States Postal Service Zip Codes 83814 and 83854 and includes the stations of Post Falls and Coeur d'Alene. A final decision will be issued by November 27, 2009. (STB Docket No. AB-6 (Sub-No. 468X, decided August 24, served August 28, 2009)

PENNSYLVANIA - Norfolk Southern Railway Company - To abandon a 2.04-mile line of railroad between milepost XN-0.00, and milepost XN0-2.04, in Latrobe, Westmoreland County, PA. Effective on October 7, 2009. (STB Docket No. AB-290 (Sub-No. 314X, decided August 31, served September 4, 2009)

NEW YORK - The New York, Susquehanna and Western Railway Corporation - To abandon a .42-mile segment of its Fay Street Branch rail line between milepost 284.80 at or near Oswego Street in Utica, and milepost 285.22 at or near Warren Street in Utica, in Oneida County, NY. Effective on October 7, 2009. (STB Docket No. AB-286 (Sub-No. 6X, decided August 25, served September 4, 2009)

MINNESOTA - Soo Line Railroad Company d/b/a Canadian Pacific Railway Company -To abandon a 1710 +/- foot line of railroad between milepost 3.79 +/- (east of Girard) and milepost 4.09 +/- (west of Colfax), in Hennepin County, MN. Effective on October 16, 2009. (STB Docket No. AB-57 (Sub-No. 57X, decided September 10, served September 16, 2009)

TENNESSEE - R.J. Corman Railroad Company/Tennessee Terminal, LLC - To discontinue service over 2,084 feet of rail line owned by BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) and identified as Track A (1110) in the Airport Industrial Park tracks at Memphis, in Shelby County, TN. effective on October 16, 2009. (STB Docket No. AB-1042X, decided September 10, served September 16, 2009)

TENNESSEE - CSX Transportation, Inc.- To abandon a 0.22-mile line of railroad on CSXT's Southern Region, Huntington-West Division, KD Subdivision, extending from milepost OKW 333.40 to milepost OKW 333.62, in Athens, McMinn County, TN. Effective on November 10, 2009. (STB Docket No. AB-55 (Sub-No. 699X, decided October 2, served October 9, 2009)

WASHINGTON - BNSF Railway Company - to abandon a 1.56-mile line of railroad between milepost 0.59, and milepost 2.15, in Tacoma, Pierce County, WA. effective on November 21, 2009. (STB Docket No. AB-6 (Sub-No. 469X, decided October 19, served October 22, 2009)

NORTH DAKOTA - Dakota Northern Railroad, Inc - To abandon a portion of its Glasston Subdivision between milepost 42.08 at the north edge of Private Crossing DOT No. 082102T approximately 2.7 miles north of Grafton and milepost 60.2 at the end of active track approximately 0.6 miles north of Glasston, a distance of 18.12 miles, in Walsh and Pembina Counties, ND. The line traverses U.S. Postal Service Zip Codes 58237 and 58276, and includes the stations of Auburn (milepost 45.9), St. Thomas (milepost 53.5), and Glasston (milepost 59.6). A final decision will be issued by January 22, 2010. (STB Docket No. AB-1041X, decided October 19, served October 23, 2009)

MINNESOTA - Minnesota Northern Railroad, Inc.- To abandon a 20.035-mile portion of its Warroad Subdivision between milepost 83.6, located approximately 300 feet west of Roseau County Road 124 (11th Ave., SE.) in Roseau, and milepost 103.635, at the end of the line at Warroad, in Roseau County, MN. A final decision will be issued by January 22, 2010. (STB Docket No. AB-497 (Sub-No. 5X, decided October 20, served October 23, 2009)

PENNSYLVANIA - Knox and Kane Railroad Company - To abandon its entire line of railroad between milepost 95.3 at North Clarion Junction, PA, and milepost 165.2 at Mt. Jewett, PA, a distance of 69.9 miles, in Clarion, Forest, Elk and McKean Counties, PA. Effective on November 24, 2009. (STB Docket No. AB-551 (Sub-No. 1X, decided October 19, werved October 23, 2009)

WISCONSIN - Soo Line Railroad Company d/b/a Canadian Pacific Railway Company - To abandon a line of railroad approximately 4,458 feet in length between milepost 94.04 +/- (southeast of Watertown Plank Road) and milepost 93.2 +/- (approximately 1,100 feet southeast of West Bluemound Road), in Waukesha and Milwaukee Counties, WI. Effective on December 2, 2009. (STB Docket No. AB-57 (Sub-No. 58X, decided October 27, served November 2, 2009)

WISCONSIN - Wisconsin Central Ltd. -To abandon a 0.25-mile line of railroad between milepost 97.50 and milepost 97.75, in Denmark, Brown County, WI. Effective on December 23, 2009. (STB Docket No. AB-303 (Sub-No. 34X, decided November 17, served November 23, 2009)

NEVADA-CALIFORNIA - Lassen Valley Railway LLC - Union Pacific Railroad Company -  Lassen Valley Railway LLC (LVR), a noncarrier, has filed a verified notice of exemption under 49 CFR 1150.31 to acquire and operate approximately 22.34 miles of rail line owned by Union Pacific Railroad Company (UP): (1) the Flanigan Industrial Lead, between milepost 338.33 near Flanigan, NV, and milepost 360.10 near Wendel, CA, and (2) the Susanville Industrial Lead, between milepost 358.68 and milepost 359.25, near Wendel.  According to LVR, the rail lines involved were the subject of an abandonment petition in Union Pacific Railroad Company--Abandonment Exemption--in Lassen County, CA, and Washoe County, NV,STB Docket No. AB-33 (Sub-No. 230X) (STB served Jan. 26, 2007). The transaction is expected to be consummated on or shortly after December 17, 2009 (the effective date of the exemption). (STB Finance Docket No. 35306], decided November 23, served December 3, 2009)

TENNESSEE- East Tennessee Railway, L.P - To abandon a segment of its line of railroad between milepost 1.2, in Johnson City, and milepost 11.2 at the end of the line, in Elizabethton, in Washington and Carter Counties, TN. Effective on January 6, 2010. (STB Docket No. AB-1031X, decided November 30, served December 7, 2009).

TEXAS - Blacklands Railroad, Inc.--Lease and Operation Exemption--Rusk County Rural Rail District. to lease from Rusk County Rural Rail District (RCRRD), and to operate, a 15.69-mile line of railroad extending between milepost 0.59 near Overton, TX, and ilepost 16.28 near Henderson, TX. (STB Finance Docket No. 35327, decided December 7, served December 11, 2009)

LOUISIANA - Gloster Southern Railroad Company LLC - To discontinue service over a 32.7-mile line of railroad between milepost 0.0, at Slaughter, LA, and milepost 32.7, at Gloster, MS, in East Feliciana Parish, LA, and Wilkinson and Amite Counties, MS. Effective on January 13, 2010, (STB Docket No. AB-1051X, decided December 8, served December 14, 2009)

NEW YORK - Norfolk Southern Railway Company - To abandon a 1.85-mile line of railroad between milepost KV 249.55 and milepost KV 251.40 in Elmira, Chemung County, NY. Effective on January 13, 2010. (STB Docket No. AB-290 (Sub-No. 315X, decided December 8, served December 14, 2009)

WISCONSIN - Wisconsin Central Ltd - To abandon its line of railroad between mileposts 111.0 and 112.9, a distance of 1.9 miles in Kaukauna, Outagamie County, WI. Effective on January 14, 2010. (STB Docket No. AB-303 (Sub-No. 35X, decided December 8, served December 15,2009)

INDIANA - The Indiana Rail Road Company - To abandon 22.80 miles of rail line in Martin and Lawrence Counties, IN, comprised of the Crane-Bedford Line extending from milepost 241.35 near Crane, IN, to milepost 262.50 in Bedford, IN, and the Bedford Industrial Track extending from Bedford Industrial Track railroad milepost 0.00 at Crane-Bedford milepost 262.40, to Bedford Industrial Track railroad milepost 1.65. The line traverses U.S. Postal Service Zip Codes 47581, 47470, and 47421, and includes the stations of Williams at milepost 251.40 and Bedford at milepost 262.50. A final decision will be issued by March 26, 2010. (STB Docket No. AB-295 (Sub-No. 7X, decided December 18, served December 23, 2009)

TEXAS - Regional Rail Right of Way Company - Garland and Northeastern Railroad, Inc.- Union Pacific Railroad Company - Regional Rail Right of Way Company (RRROW), Dallas, Garland and Northeastern Railroad, Inc. (DGNO), and Union Pacific Railroad Company (UP) (collectively, applicants) have jointly filed a verified notice of exemption under 49 CFR 1152 Subpart F--Exempt Abandonments and Discontinuances of Service and Trackage Rights for RRROW to abandon, and for DGNO and UP to discontinue trackage rights over, a 5.34-mile line of railroad known as the Cotton Belt, extending between milepost 592.43 at Renner Junction and milepost 597.77 at Knoll Trail Road in Collin and Dallas Counties, TX. effective on January 27, 2010, (STB Docket No. AB-1050X, STB Docket No. AB-585 (Sub-No. 4X), STB Docket No. AB-33 (Sub-No. 288X, decided December 22, served December 28, 2009)

NORTH DAKOTA - Northern Plains Railroad, Inc.- To discontinue service over 26.24 miles of a line of railroad owned by Soo Line Railroad Company d/b/a Canadian Pacific Railway (Soo) between milepost 446.0, in Devils Lake, Ramsey County, ND, and milepost 472.24, in Harlow, Benson County, ND. Effective on January 27, 2010, (STB Docket No. AB-1054X, decided December 18, served December 28, 2009)

NORTH DAKOTA - Northern Plains Railroad, Inc. - To discontinue service over 60.5 miles of a line of railroad owned by Soo Line Railroad Company d/b/a Canadian Pacific Railway (Soo) between milepost 474.5, in Bisbee, Towner County, ND, and milepost 535.0, in Kramer, Bottineau County, ND. Effective on January 27, 2010. (STB Docket No. AB-1054 (Sub-No. 1X, decided Decmeber 18, served December 28, 2009)