Resources and Links

Surface Transportation Board

New Federal agency that has taken over duties formerly held by the Interstate Commerce Commission. Website contains recent abandonment information and posts new notices and decisions weekly.

Surface Transportation Board 1925 K Street, NW Washington, DC 20423-0001

Number for General information: (202) 565-1674


Interstate Commerce Commission

The archival records from the ICC are housed at the National Archives and Records Administration, though some records are available online or in local libraries' archives.

The National Archives and Records Administration
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, MD 20740-6001

(866) 272-6272 (toll free)


Kentucky Rails to Trails Council

Promotes and supports trail development in Kentucky.

Kentucky Rails to Trails Council
P. O. Box 597
Lexington, KY 40588-0597


Rails to Trails Conservancy

National organization that provides leadership, assistance, advocacy, and funding for rails to trails projects across the United States.

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
1100 17th Street, 10th Floor, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

(202) 331-9696 (main reception line)


Kentucky Historical Society

Research library contains a variety of resources relating to railroad history.

Kentucky History Center
Special Collections
100 W. Broadway
Frankfort, KY 40601-4701

(502) 564-1792


University of Kentucky Library and Special Collections

Library contains many primary and secondary sources relating to Kentucky and US railroad and local history.


Main Library
William T. Young Library
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506

(859) 257-0500

Map Collection
Gwenn Curtis, Director
4th Floor King Library South
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506

(859) 257-1853

Special Collections and Archives
2nd Floor King Library South
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506

(859) 257-8611

Kentucky Rail Trail contacts


State Rail Trail Coordinator

Lee Creech

Department for Local Government
1024 Capital Center Dr., Ste. 340
Frankfort, KY 40601

(502) 573-2512

(800) 346-5606

Coordinator for Bicycle/Pedestrian Programs

Paula Nye

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
501 High Street
Frankfort, KY 40622

(502) 564-4890

Bluegrass Rails to Trails Foundation

Robin Reams

266 White Station Rd.
Berea, KY 40403

Daniel Boone Rails to Trails Foundation

April Haight

105 E. Main St.
Morehead, KY 40351

(606) 784-5989

Greenways for Oldham County

P.O. Box 868
Crestwood, KY 40014

Lake Cumberland Trail Foundation

Rick Bates

2292 South Hwy. 27, Ste. 310
Somerset, KY 42501

(606) 677-6000

Little Mount Trail Commission (Mt. Sterling)

Lisa Browning

51 North Maysville
Mt. Sterling, KY 40353

Muhlenberg Rails to Trails

Rodney Kirtley
Judge Executive

P.O. Box 137
Greenville, KY 42345

Rails to Trails Conservancy Resources

These are all available for download as PDFs at in the "Technical Assistance" section. Many other resources on trail planning and maintenance are available at this site.

Rail Trails and Community Sentiments

Rail Trails and Safe Communities

Rail Trails and Liability: A Primer on Trail-Related Liability Issues and Risk Management Techniques

Rails-with-Trails: Design, Management and Operating Characteristics of 61 Trails Along Active Rail Lines

Secrets of Successful Rail Trails

Acquiring Rail Corridors

Tunnels on Trails