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An NICTD EMU street-running on Michigan City’s 11th Street; United States, in 2009

A street running train is a train which runs on a track built on public streets. The rails are embedded in the roadway, and the train shares the street with other users, such as pedestrians, cars and cyclists, thus often being referred to as running in mixed traffic or sharing the road with trains. For safety, street running trains travel more slowly than trains on dedicated rights-of-way.

Stations may appear similar in style to a tram stop, but often lack platforms, pedestrian islands, or other amenities. In some cases, passengers may be required to wait on a distant sidewalk, and then board or disembark by crossing the traffic.



Salto Grande Bridge over the dam


A passenger train running down the centre of Ellen Street, Port Pirie in 1940


A WLB freight train in Guntramsdorf
  • Wiener Lokalbahntram-train running on tram tracks in Vienna and Baden and as light rail between the two towns. A section of the light rail tracks in Guntramsdorf runs directly on the Feldgasse narrow street, but without any stops on it.
  • Linz: on the old Donau bridge at Linz. And in the Reindlstrasse on the same line. Abandoned together with the old bridge.
  • Weiz Stadt: passenger and freight trains through the street, beside the road, on free track. In the past ran only freight trains, and was the track shorter, and in the middle of the road.(Kapruner Generator Strasse.)


  • Antwerp: on bridges in the harbour.


  • Uruguaiana: almost 300 m in the Vasco Alves street to reach the Paso de los Libres–Uruguaiana International Bridge.
  • Alem Paraiba: R.Cel.Oscar Cortes, and R.Francisco Basillio da Costa - R.Cap.Medeiros de Rezende - R.Dr.Tavares - R.Capito Mendes- R.Barao de Guararema - Rio Branco. About two km (1.2 mi). No regular passengertrains. Not in use.



Notable examples in Canada include:[6]

  • Brantford, Ontario: Clarence Street (From Nelson Street to Icomm Drive, formerly Canadian National Railway; now Southern Ontario Railway, still in use)(not on the road although tracks do occupy the right turn lane at Colborne Street)
  • Guelph, Ontario (also not real street running):
    • Kent Street (from Glasgow Street to Gordon Street), CNR, still in use[7]
  • St. Catharines, Ontario:
    • Ontario Street (removed) (to the disappeared car factory) (continues to Louisa St.) (diagonal between the houses) (former track partly still visible from the air)
    • Louisa Street (From just east of Thomas Street to Catherine Street, Canadian National Railway, originally Niagara St.Catharines Toronto Railway. Electric interurban.(branch from Port Dalhousie-west) (until 1959) removed, continues to Welland Avenue below)
    • Welland Avenue (From Francis Street to Balfour Street, removed)(continues to Niagara St.)
    • Raymond Street (depot only)
    • Niagara Street (continues to Facer St.)
    • Facer Street (branch to Niagara~on~the~Lake)
    • Electric interurban network to Port Dalhousie-west, Port Dalhousie-east, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Port Colborne, and Niagara Falls. All tracks on the streets are removed in all places, except(?) Pine Street in Thorold. Freight trains with diesel engines on the streets only from 1959 to the closing in about 2005.
    • St. Catharines was the center of the Niagara St. Catharines Toronto Railway.
  • Waterloo, Ontario:
    • Caroline Street (from Erb Street West to Allen Street West, (CP Rail) tracks removed in 1994. Later reinstalled for ION light rail, in service again as of 2019)(the lightrail follows a different route) The former railway is now a trail - path. (To the south)
  • Thorold, Ontario
    • Pine Street. To the factory under St. David Street West. Abandoned, but partly still in place. (2020)
    • Townhill Road East. Abandoned. Was still in place, but now not any more. Tracks at the paper factory in Merrit Street still in place in 2020. Abandoned. Trillium Railway. Originally Niagara St. Catharines Toronto Railway. Electric interurban. (until 1959)
  • Toronto, Ontario (Not real street running):
    • Villiers Street (ran in the median of the roadway from Don Roadway to Cherry Street) (removed sometime between 2012 and 2014; only the ties remain as of 2020)
    • Lake Shore Boulevard (ran alongside Lake Shore Boulevard from Don Roadway to Carlaw Avenue, travels in the median for about 500 meters before the line branches off)

Costa Rica[edit]

Passenger and freight trains on narrow gauge through narrow streets.

  • San José : Transversal 24, Transversal 142, Av. 20A, Av.20, Calle 13, Av. 2.
  • Cartago : Av.3, Transversal 13, Av. 1 del comercio. The station is also in Av. 3.
  • Turrialba : Av. 5, Puente Negro (bridge).
  • Puerto Limon : Calle 8.
  • Heredia : Av.10 / Del Ferrocarril. The station is also here.[8]

The rail network is recovering after many years of neglect. There are also new trains, and more level crossing security. Despite this, the trains are honking a lot.


  • Rijeka, freight trains (and occasional passenger trains) run from western to eastern cargo terminal of Port of Rijeka through the city centre.[9]


  • Havana : at station Casablanca. Street without a name. Antique electric interurban. Regular services.
    • Havana Centre : San Pedro (= street) harbour branch. Presumably abandoned.
  • Guantánamo : La Linea. (= street)

Czech Republic[edit]

  • Brno : the railway line that connects Brno Exhibition Centre and mainline runs about two km (1.2 mi). along Poříčí street. Touristic (steam) trains run on the Highway, with police escorts.[10]


For tramways the legal separation of a street running trackbed and an exclusive trackbed in urban traffic is given in § 16 BOStrab tramway regulations. Germany has some street-running railways:

A "Mollibahn" train running through Bad Doberan, Germany
  • In the northeast of Germany, the steam "Mollibahn" narrow gauge railway travels on-street through the town of Bad Doberan at the start of its journey.
  • Near Mannheim, the Oberrheinische Eisenbahn and Rhein-Haardt-Bahn are street running through several villages.(tramways)(in the past, also freighttrains ran here)
  • In Linkenheim, near Karlsruhe, the Hardt Railway was changed to BOStrab (tramway) in 2011 for that reason.
  • Road and rail share the Lindaunis Bridge in Schleswig-Holstein.
  • Freight trains using the infrastructure of Rhein-Sieg-Verkehrsgesellschaft to the company Evonik in Niederkassel-Lülsdorf passing the village Sieglar (next to Troisdorf) are running inside the Pastor-Böhm-Straße.
  • Newly built rail vehicles leave the factory of Bombardier Transportation along the 900-metre (3,000 ft) long Fabrikstraße in Bautzen.
  • A freight branch of the Main-Neckar Railway features some street running sections in Darmstadt. The line is no longer in regular use, but a short dual gauge section (Kirschen Allee)(Evonik) was until 2015 connected to the metre gauge Darmstadt tram network allowed old trams to be loaded onto mainline vehicles for export.[11]


  • Loutraki : narrow gauge on the street. "Temporary" out of service.


  • A section of service track of the H8/H9 BHÉV lines on Kerepesi Road in Budapest was rebuilt as street running in order to allow metro replacement buses to use the path to avoid traffic jams. The railway is only used by maintenance trains, mainly at night. Buses also only operate occasionally.
  • The only operational road-railway bridge in Hungary where street running happens is at Kisköre on the Tisza. Here, the non-electrified single-track railway carrying the branch line 102 of MÁV runs on the same path as local car traffic. The bridge is closed for road vehicles when trains pass.


A Darjeeling Himalayan Railway running through the street in Darjeeling
  • Darjeeling : The steam or diesel-powered narrow gauge railroad Darjeeling Himalayan Railway runs along the narrow main street in Darjeeling in West Bengal in India. It also runs alongside the road for much of its journey.
  • Gwalior : the narrow gauge railway between Gwalior and Sheopur runs on the middle of the road for approximately 200 meters.


  • Java : Indonesia used to have an extensive "steam tramways" (more accurately defined as local railways) network, which had many street running sections in various towns and cities in Java. Two sections remain in use in 2021: part of the Wonogiri branch runs along the Slamet Riyadi street in Surakarta, and a short branch to an oil depot in Madiun. The first line is now used for passenger service (including an occasional steam-hauled tourist train),[12] while the latter line is exclusively for petrol freight.[13]


  • Dublin: Freight trains to and from the docks at Dublin share the Alexandra road with cars.
  • Cork : In Cork, there have been street railways and tramways in the central area of the city, and the Cork and Muskerry Light Railway also had street lines running through the western suburbs, later shared with trams.



Japanese law distinguishes between tramways and railways, but light rail does not exist as a separate category. For instance, the Toyama Light Rail line - with extensive street trackage - is legally a railway but uses low-floor light rail vehicles. Only operations with 'heavy rail' vehicles are listed here. Examples under the jurisdiction of Japan's Railway Law include:

Examples classified legally as tramways - but using heavy rail vehicles and often inter-operating with full-size railways - are listed below.



  • Puebla - Cholula : New lightrail on old refurbished railway with parts on the street.


  • In the harbours of Rotterdam and Dordrecht. In the past in a few more towns. Until 2003 in Deventer.

New Zealand[edit]

Street running in Kawakawa


  • Aguas Calientes : In Aguas Calientes, the town at the foot of Machu Picchu, the railway shares the streets with pedestrians, as well as in other towns further up the line. This railway serves as the only way of reaching Machu Picchu from Cusco without walking.[citation needed]
  • Tacna : railbus from 1923 runs twice a day to Chile. In Tacna on the streets. With loud horn, siren, lights and beacon. Against the traffic. Heritage line. Unique station with railroadmuseum.



Av. Emídio Navarro with Ramal da Lousã track, in Coimbra, Portugal (2007)
  • Coimbra : An 800-metre (2,600 ft) single-track segment of Ramal da Lousã runs along Emídio Navarro Avenue, immediately southeast of the Coimbra-City station; closed “provisionally” in 2004, track scheduled to be lifted upon total closure of the spur line from Coimbra-B.[d]
  • Lisbon : A series of short single track segments along Brasília Avenue / India Avenue in riverside southwest Lisbon, links Linha de Cintura with Linha de Cascais and with cargo tracks associated with the harbour. It carries freight traffic only, mostly at night.[e]
  • Sernada do Vouga, on Jafafe bridge (Linha do Vouga).


  • Novi Sad : In 1999, Žeželj Bridge, a railway and road bridge in Novi Sad (with separated traffic) was destroyed during NATO bombing of Yugoslavia. As a temporary replacement, a street running Road-Railway Bridge was constructed in 2000. It remained actively used up to 2018, when the new Žeželj Bridge opened, and the dismantling of the temporary bridge began in October that year.
  • Rača Bridge shared the carriageway with road traffic until 2010, when a dedicated road bridge was built next to it.
  • On the Orlovat Bridge, a single railway track shares the 2 lane road carriageway.

South Africa[edit]

  • Fauresmith : in 2021 are still rails visible in the road in Voortrekker Road. Abandoned in 2001, buy the line is still present. Except the connection in Springfontein.
  • Durban, Maydon Wharf(Harbour)(partly abandoned) :
    • Maydon Wharf Street. Several tracks. Mainline through this area. Formerly also connected in the north.
    • Parker Road.
    • Methven Road. Buffer for train in the middle of the road.
    • partly in Shadwell Road.
    • Fletcher Road.
    • Davey Road.
    • Mcbride Road.
    • Leuchars Road.
    • Canal Road - Fish Wharf Street.


  • La Pobla de Lillet : a narrow gauge railroad run on narrow streets. Industrial railway from 1905 until 1970. Re-opening for tourists in 2005. 35 km (22 mi)., 600 mm.[17]
  • Ferrocarril de Sóller: an interurban narrow gauge railway in Mallorca that has a section on street in Palma.


A Berninabahn train crossing the main square in Tirano

Swiss law does not distinguish between trams and railways, making the distinction between street running by trams and that by railways legally indistinct.

  • The Berninabahn has five sections of street running, in St. Antonio, Le Prese, Miralago, Campocologno, and in Tirano (in Italy), where the approach to the station involves street running and crossing a public square.
  • Chur : Rhaetian Railway has sections of street running in Chur.[18]
  • Zürich : 1,000-tonne (980-long-ton; 1,100-short-ton) grain trains make up to 4 journeys a day between Bahnhof Hardbrücke and the Swissmill Tower on Sihlquai, following a 2-kilometre (1.2 mi) route along Zahnradstrasse, Hardstrasse and Zöllystrasse, including a tram crossing. The driver controls traffic lights manually.[19]
  • At Schinznach runs a 600mm. narrow gauge rail in/on/through a garden-center. With steam engines. Even drive through a greenhouse ! Unique in the world.


United Kingdom[edit]

The combined road and rail swing bridge at Preston Marina
  • Weymouth: The most notable street running track was the Weymouth Harbour Tramway; however this ended service to regular traffic since 1987, and to all traffic since 1999, with track removal starting in 2020.
  • Porthmadog: The Porthmadog cross town link links the narrow-gauge Welsh Highland and Ffestiniog railways and includes a short length of street running on the outskirts of Porthmadog.[20] The section that runs along a street is closed to road traffic by alternating red stop lights, as if it were an extended level crossing.
  • Trafford Park: A freight-only street-running railway network was through Trafford Park; only one section alongside Barton Dock Road has seen use in recent years.[when?] This branch is abandoned and partially removed.[21]
  • Preston: The heritage Ribble Steam Railway runs across a swing bridge at the entrance to Preston Marina. The bridge is used by both road and rail traffic, but closed by barriers to road traffic when a train is crossing.

United States[edit]

Entries marked with a ∆ denote instances where a railroad is laid alongside a road or in the median of a divided roadway rather than embedded in the road surface. ☆ = in use as far as known.




  • Phoenix ☆ : Only freight trains.
  • Globe ☆ :
  • Safford:
    • W 8 (before on the street, now next to the road)



  • Alameda : Industrial spur.
    • Clement ave. Abandoned and removed.[21]
  • Anaheim ☆ : Freight trains only.
    • Santa Ana St., and after a bend continuing on the street in S Olive street.[21]
  • Chula Vista:
    • F - street. Abandoned. Removed 2020.(F-street—Third street—K-street abandoned in 2000)[24]
  • Fresno ☆ :
    • Floradora Avenue (North Clark Street to North Maple Avenue) ∆
    • S Anna Street.[25]
  • Gardena ☆ : Only freight trains.
    • Vermont Avenue between Gardena Boulevard and West 164th Street.
  • Los Angeles: Freight trains only.
    • MC Farland ave.☆
    • S Fries ave.☆
    • S Alameda st. Abandoned; partly still in place.[26]
  • Modesto:
    • From 1912 until April 2000, trains operated approximately 1.25 miles (2 km) down Ninth Street, one of the major arteries of the city. The tracks were built by the Tidewater Southern Railway and later operated by the Union Pacific. Once this line was electric. The line was controversial and the city tried to have them removed for decades. However, a short side-section along B Street from Ninth Street to Twelfth Street remains in active use ☆.
  • Oakland:
    • Jack London Square☆: 1st. St. W./Embarcadero W. (from end of road, west of Market St. to Webster St., UP/Amtrak mainline, in use.) Amtrak passenger trains, and mainline container freight trains share the road with pedestrians, cyclists, buses and automobiles, with passenger trains traveling at up to 25 miles per hour (40 km/h).
    • Glascock St☆, from 29th Ave to Lancaster St, serving Cemex and Miller Mining Company.
    • Abandoned street-trackage in different streets still in place. (Wood Street, 105th Ave., Union St., Poplar St., 20th St., Louise St., 18th St., 26th St.)[27]
  • Redwood City☆: Freight trains only.
    • Chestnut Street (Heller Street to Veterans Boulevard)
  • San Francisco: Freight trains only.
    • Carroll Ave. (tracks to Ingalls St., but abandoned after Keith street)(The only customer is(??) United Cold Storage).
    • Illinois St. Bridge ☆ (over Islais Creek)
    • Quint St.☆ (Davidson Ave. to Arthur Ave.)
  • San José☆: Freight trains only.
Tourist train on Beach St. in Santa Cruz
  • Santa Cruz☆: Heritage trains for tourists.
    • Beach St. (from Cliff St. to Pacific Ave. at the Municipal Wharf; additionally the track section east to Leibrandt Ave. runs on a pedestrian walkway)
    • Chestnut St. (from Green St. to south of Laurel St.)
  • Sebastopol:
    • Main Street (Analy Avenue to Burnett Street) Abandoned former electric interurban, now bike-trail.[21]
  • Stockton☆: Freight trains only.
  • Turlock: Freight trains only.
  • Vallejo: Freight trains only.
    • The Vallejo Causeway, and on Mare Island.(largely out of order on the island)[28]
  • Visalia:
    • West Oak Ave between North Johnson St and North Tipton St
  • Watsonville☆: Freight trains only.
    • Walker Street southern terminus to Beach Street, Santa Cruz Branch Line owned by Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission


  • Fort Collins:
    A train on South Mason Street at West Laurel Street in Ft Collins, Colorado
    • Mason St. (from Cherry St. to W. Pitkin St., BNSF, Tracks still in use though currently within median separated from traffic by curbs) ∆ Freight trains only.


All places freight trains only, except Tavares.

  • Clearwater☆:
    • East Avenue (from Turner Street to Drew Street; still in use)
    • Fort Harrison Avenue (from Belleview Blvd. to E Street; removed, now Pinellas Trail)
  • Ocala☆:
    • NE and SE Osceola Av. (from NE 3rd St. to SE 3rd St., rarely used)
  • Pensacola☆:
    • Tarragona St. (from E. Blount St. to E. Main St.)
  • St. Petersburg:
    • 1st Ave. S. (from 13th St. S. to Bay Shore Dr. SE; removed, with portions now Pinellas Trail)
  • Tampa☆:
    • E. Polk St. (from N. Ashley Dr. to N. Jefferson St., still in use)
  • Tavares☆ ∆ Here also touristique trains.
    • Lake Dora Drive.


All places freight trains only.

  • Albany☆:
    • W Roosevelt Ave.
  • Augusta:
    • 6th St. (from Reynolds St. to Taylor St., still in use)
  • Columbus:
    • 9th St.☆, and 6th.St.
  • Savannah:
    • River St./West Riverstreet/East River street. Abandoned, partly in place and exploited as trolley. Temporary out of use.[23]
  • Sandersville☆:


  • Rockford☆: Freight trains only.
    • N Madison Street (from Southwest of Prairie Street to Y Boulevard)
  • Chicago: Freight trains only.
    • on Goose Island. Abandoned in 2019.[23]
  • Springfield☆: Amtrak and freight trains.
  • Chicago: (71st. Street and Exchange Avenue) ∆ Metra Electric only.
  • Worden, IL (Illinois Terminal, until 1972) Freight trains only.


This rail line is being moved as of February 27th, 2022. The stretch of track running down 11th. Street will be doubled and the grade-separated.[29]

The South Shore Line formerly ran on 10th and 11th streets in Michigan City, Indiana
    • 10th Street (from Sheridan Avenue to Huron Street, continues to 11th Street below)
    • 11th Street (from Kentucky Street to Michigan Boulevard, continues to Holiday Street)


Freight trains only.

  • Bellevue☆:
    • 2nd Street between Elm St and High St ∆ .
  • Cedar Falls☆:
    • 5th Street between Franklin St and Main Street.
  • Iowa City☆:
    • South Gilbert Court ∆ north of Kirkwood Avenue. This line connects the IAIS mainline to the CRANDIC system running beneath the IAIS viaduct but is very rarely used due to the steep grade.


Freight trains only.


Freight trains only.


Freight trains only.

  • Gretna☆:
    • Madison St. (from Americus St. to 4th St.)
    • 4th St. (from Amelia St. to Huey P. Long Av.)
  • New Orleans:
    • Alabo street. Nearly abandoned(?).[31]


Freight trains only.


Freight trains only.

  • Baltimore
    • Streets in the Fells Point section of Baltimore (no longer in use)
    • Wicomico St. (from Bayard St. to S. Monroe St.)(Abandoned)
  • Frederick:
    • Google maps/streetview shows in 2021 abandoned rails embedded in East Street/N East Street, between E Patrick St. and E 8th. St.

And a side-branch/side-line in E 5th. St. between N East St. and Pine Ave. Formerly part of the Old Main Line Subdivision of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, and later the Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad and Frederick and Pennsylvania Line.



Freight trains only.


Freight trains only.

  • New Albany: Abandoned.
    • N. Railroad Avenue (from Summer St./Cleveland St. to W. Bankhead St./E. Bankhead St. [Highway 178/Old US 178]


Freight trains only.

  • St. Louis☆: (X)=Present but little or no longer in use since the company's own railway was closed down in 2011. (the Manufacturers Railway)[clarify]
    • N 2nd St. ∆ (from Bremen Ave. to Angelrodt St., leads to Hall St. below)
    • Hall St. (from Dock St. to Branch St., leads to 1st St. below)(actually this is not a street, because there is no pavement.)
    • 1st St. (from Clinton St. to Biddle St.)
    • 3rd St. (X) (from Shenandoah Ave. to north of Barton St. (leads back to S. 2nd St. below)
    • S. 2nd St. (X) (from Chouteau Ave. to Lynch St.)
    • Dorcas St. (from Busch Pl. to S. Broadway St./rail yard)
    • Hadley St. (abandoned in 2006) (but present)(but the tracks on the long winding viaduct to it are gone) (former ITS Highline)[35]
  • Jefferson City☆:
    • W McCarty St. (from the U.S. 54 overpass to Bolivar St.)
  • Kansas City
    • Stateline Rd. (from St. Louis Ave to 9th Street)


Freight trains only.

  • Lincoln☆:
    • S. 5th St. (from B St. to G St.)(gravel road)

New Jersey[edit]

Freight trains only.

New York[edit]

All places freight trains only, except Buffalo.

  • Buffalo:
  • Canandaigua☆:
    • N. Main St. (From N. Main St to the parking lot next to the City Hall, owned by FGLK)
  • Hudson☆:
  • Ithaca:
    • N. Fulton St. (from W. Court St. to W. State St., owned by NS) ∆
  • New York City (Brooklyn)☆:
    • 1st Ave. (from 39th St. to 63rd St.; still in use by New York New Jersey Rail; former trackage continued along 41st St. below)
    • 41st St. (from 1st Ave. to east of 2nd Ave., goes through building at 2nd Ave. intersection, continues along 2nd Ave. below; no longer active)
    • 2nd Ave. (from end of road, i.e. north of 28th St. to south of 41st St.; no longer active)
    • 32nd St. (from 2nd Ave. to west of 3rd Ave.; no longer active)
  • Painted Post☆:
    • W. Chemung St. (from Nobriga Ln. to 1st St. [Public right-of-way ends at North Hamilton St.])
  • Rome☆:
    • Railroad Street runs over the Mohawk River on MA&N bridge. (The street is in its own right-of-way on either side of the bridge.)
  • Syracuse:
    • Washington St (now Erie Blvd.) (NYC, removed)
  • Utica☆:
    • Schuyler St (from Noyes St. to Whitesboro St.; still in use by NYS&W Utica branch)

North Carolina[edit]

All places freight trains only.

  • Fayetteville☆:
    • Hillsboro street.[24]
    • E. Russel St. ∆
  • New Bern☆:
    • Windley St. (from end of road to Dunn St., leads to Dunn St. below)
    • Dunn St. (from Windley St. to N. Craven St., leads to Hancock St. below)
    • Hancock St. (from Queen St. to S. Front St., still in use, leads to Scott St. in James City, NC below)
  • Kinston:
    • E Shine street. Abandoned. Removed.
  • Tarboro
    • Albemarle Avenue ∆
  • Wilmington☆:
    • S. Front St. (from Marsetllar St. to Mears St.)
  • Winston-Salem:
    • N. Chesnut St. ∆ (between 4th and 5th St.)
  • Asheville:
    • Riverside Drive. Street running on driveway at Riverside Business Park.(Heritage railroad )(near Woodfin)


  • James City
    • W Maple street - The rail spur is also out of service now (this was no real street running, because the street had no pavement)


Freight trains only.


Freight trains only.


All places freight trains only, except Beaverton.

  • Albany
    • NE Water Avenue
  • Astoria
    • Astoria Riverwalk (no longer used by freight trains, but occasional trolley use)
  • Beaverton
    • SW Lombard Ave. (used only by WES commuter trains) ∆
  • Coos Bay
    • N. Front Street.
  • Harrisburg
    • 4th Street (two blocks west of the U.P. mainline)
  • Hillsboro
    • SW Adams
    • SE Washington
  • Independence
    • S. Second Street
  • Junction City
    • Holly Street
  • Lebanon
    • W. Olive Street
  • Newberg
    • S. Blaine Street (out of service with the closure of the adjacent paper company)
  • Oregon City
    • Main Street (crosses Hwy 99E, out of service with the closure of the adjacent paper company)
  • Portland☆ (not counting all the instances of light rail street running)
    • NW York Street (out of service with the demolition of the adjacent steel mill)
    • N River Street (near Albina Yard)
    • NW Yeon Ave Frontage Road
  • Rainier
    • A St.
  • Salem☆:
    • Front St. NE (from Norway St. NE to Ferry St. SE)
  • Svensen
    • Rocky Lane ∆.
  • White City:
    • Ave H. Short track (reverse loop) between Agate road and 13th. Street.(industrial area & spur) [21]


All places freight trains only.

  • Berwick☆:
  • Elizabeth☆:
    • 1st Ave. (from Lower Mill St. to Mulberry St., CSX, still in use)[38][39]
  • Erie:
    • 19th St. (from Buffalo Rd. to Cranberry St., NS mainline, removed in 2000)
  • Gettysburg:
    • W. Railroad St. (from N. Washington St. to Carlisle St.) ∆
  • Lewistown☆:
    • E. Water Street (from US 22 to S. Dorcas St.)
    • Chestnut Street (from Old Shaw Ave. and S. Pine Rd.)
  • Marcus Hook☆:
    • W. 4th Street (from Green Street to Penn Avenue)
  • Middletown☆:
  • Morrisville☆:
    • S. Delmorr Ave (between Green Street and E. Philadelphia Ave)
  • Philadelphia:
    • N. American St. (between W. Cambria St. and W. Thompson St., out of use since early 1980s)[41]
    • Bleigh Ave. (between James St. and just beyond Milnor St.)
    • N. Delaware Ave. (between Aramingo Ave. and Race St., lead to Christopher Columbus Blvd. below, Philadelphia Belt Line Railroad, removed)
    • N. and S. Christopher Columbus Blvd. (between Packer Ave. and Race St., Philadelphia Belt Line Railroad, still in use by Conrail Shared Assets Operations)
    • Richmond St. (between E. Lehigh Ave. and Aramingo Ave., lead to N. Delaware Ave. above, Philadelphia Belt Line Railroad, removed, street realigned due to I-95 realignment)
    • S. Swanson St. (from S. Christopher Columbus Blvd. above to E. Snyder Ave., still in use, originally ran to E. Oregon, Ave.)
  • York☆:
  • Shamokin☆:
    • S 5th.Street.(2 parts)[21]
  • Sunbury:
    • N. 3rd St. (from Race St. to Market St.) ∆
    • S. 3rd St. (from Market St. to Pine St.) ∆
  • Uniontown:
  • West Brownsville☆:
    Following a coal train through West Brownsville
    • Main St. (from William St. to Bridge Blvd., NS, still in use)
  • Philadelphia (9th St.) ∆ (tracks on viaduct)(= No real street running)
  • Reading (S7th St.)(?)(No street tracks found)

Rhode Island[edit]

Freight trains only.

  • Providence:
    • Providence and Worcester Railroad Service to the northernmost piers of the Port of Providence and numerous sidings via Allens Ave. from the Harbor Branch. Tracks in situ, currently(?) classed as "Out of Service" by FRA rules.
  • Pawtucket:
    • Along George Bennett Highway From Beverage Hill Avenue to Benefit Street. While mostly on the side of the road, there are several short sections along the road.


Freight trains only.


All places freight trains only, except Austin, and partly Houston.

  • Austin
  • Baytown:[24]
    • Oakwood Street ~ Daniel Street. Abandoned but still present.(?)
  • Beaumont☆:
  • Dallas:[21]
    • Coombs St. In seldom use by Dallas Terminal Railway from S Harwood St to Atlanta St ☆ (abandoned south of Hardwood St to BART mainline, formerly operated by ATSF)
  • Ennis: Abandoned.
  • Fort Worth☆:
    • Shamrock ave. Industrial. Partially abandoned, serves one scrapyard customer. ☆
    • In Stockyard Station. Tourist trains through market.[40]
  • Houston
    • Capitol (west of Bagby St. to Avenida de Las Americas)(Metro)
    • Rusk (west of Bagby St. to Avenida de Las Americas)(Metro)
    • Commerce Street. Little in use.[21]
    • Aleen Street. Abandoned[21]
    • Walker Street. Abandoned[21]
  • New Braunfels
    • Meusebach Street ∆ ☆
  • Texarkana:[48]
    • Willis Street. Abandoned but still in place.
  • Waco: Abandoned.
    • Mary St. (from University Parks Dr. to 5th St.)
  • Orange:
    • Front street. Abandoned.(?)[21]
  • San Antonio
    • E Jones Ave ~ W Jones Ave
    • Emma Koehler

The tracks on Jones Ave and Emma Koehler were part of the electric railway known as the Texas Transportation Company which ran here and primarily served the Pearl Brewery with antique electric engines from 1917 and 1907. The railway was abandoned in 2001 when the brewery was redeveloped. Both engines have been preserved, along with some track behind the Samuel's Glass Company building. Short sections of track have been re-laid in Emma Koehler, but not in their original positions.[49]


Only former freight trains.

  • Ogden:
    • Wall Avenue (Oregon Short Line, later Union Pacific, removed)
  • Salt Lake City:
    • 900 South ("Passenger Line", San Pedro, Los Angeles & Salt Lake Railroad, later Union Pacific, removed 2008)
  • Tooele:


Freight trains only, except in Ashland.

  • Ashland☆: ∆
    • Center St./Railroad Ave. (from W. Patrick St./Smith St. to Gwathmey Church Rd., AMTK, still in use)[40]
  • Bristol☆:
  • Norfolk: No street running found.
  • Richmond:[21]
    • Byrd Street☆.
    • E Out of use.
    • E Out of use.
    • W Out of use.
    • Brander st. Out of use.
    • Remnants in: Dinwidde ave, Goodes st., Amber st., Cary st.,Stockton st.,, Cummings drive, Hardy st.


Freight trains only, except in Yakima.

West Virginia[edit]

Freight trains only.

  • Williamstown
    • Second street (Williams Avenue to Highland Avenue) ∆
  • Saint Marys☆:
    • 2nd St. (from Creel St. to Clay St., CSX, still in use)


All places freight trains only.

  • Oconto☆:
    • Broadway Avenue ∆ (CN, Still in use, Single track runs down the center of Broadway Avenue for four blocks, trains travel up to 30 mph (50 km/h) through the street)
  • Sheboygan Falls:
    • Monroe Street (WSOR, previously owned by CNW and UP, this line was used until the mid 2000s, and then put out of service. The Wisconsin Southern Railroad refurbished the track in 2015)
  • Oshkosh:
    • Division Street (WC, this section the Wisconsin Central mainline ran down Division Street along people's front yards, considered a bottleneck, the tracks were abandoned in 1996, and were removed later. Trains now run down Broad Street a few blocks east. The track there is owned currently by CN)
  • La Crosse:
    • Front Street South (BNSF, former main line, now used very lightly to serve local factories)


The Afghanistan–Uzbekistan Friendship Bridge


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Street running railroad on Perry Street in Bundaberg, Queensland 24°51′35″S 152°20′28″E / 24.85974°S 152.34102°E / -24.85974; 152.34102
  2. ^ Street running railroad on Denison Street in Rockhampton, Queensland 23°22′35″S 150°30′26″E / 23.376492°S 150.507336°E / -23.376492; 150.507336
  3. ^ Image here
  4. ^ "map".
  5. ^ "map".


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  4. ^ North Coast Line Infrastructure Railway Digest August 1996 page 11
  5. ^ Still standing… Track & Signal November 2012 page 77
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  39. ^ "Street Running in Elizabeth, PA".
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  51. ^ Street running in Hanoi

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