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In Europe, railway right-of-way usually doesn't extend beyond the full track -- where I include not only the rails, sleepers and trackbed, but the earthen foundation and the water trenches, too. So for a two-track mainline, say ten metres wide.

AFAIU, most US inter-urban ROW west of the Mississippi ... which just so happens to include some of the best wind resource states ... were allocated for four track lines and a buffer zone, and land values between cities are normally not high enough to justify sorting out the complex structures of outright ownership, perpetual rotating leases and transport easements making up the right of way in order to grab small slivers of land.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Sun Dec 9th, 2007 at 08:33:20 PM EST
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