Muhlenberg and Logan Counties
This line was recently abandoned by CSXT, but spent most of its life in the Louisville & Nashville RR family. It was built between 1871 and 1883, a portion of the Owensboro & Russellville RR that ran between its namesake cities.
The abandoned line begins on the north in the small town of Drakesboro and continues south through a few small towns and villages. In Beechmont it passes directly behind the local school and in Lewisburg it passes the classic block-long commercial district that faces the right of way. At the southern terminus of the abandoned section there is a large aluminum plant that is rail served.
Most of the right of way is intact and in clear or only slightly overgrown condition. We did not observe any bridges that had been left in place, but none of the crossings were very long. Long sections of the line pass through heavily wooded areas and most intact sections are tree lined. The line parallels Highway 431 for its entire length, so there is convenient access. A tunnel remains north of Lewisburg, but its condition is unknown.