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Old 03-09-19, 08:57 PM
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Rail riding

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Old 03-10-19, 06:21 AM
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Old 03-10-19, 06:28 AM
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Board needs a "Vehicular Rail Cycling" subforum.
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Old 03-10-19, 06:48 AM
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Thatís neat. Some areas have maps of out of service lines. The property is usually still rail line of federally owned. Iíd be concerned f coming across some sketchy people at some point.

I wish the government would work out more rail trails using active lines also, kind of beside it. The rail companies were gifted that land in the 1800ís and 1900ís anyway.
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Old 03-10-19, 09:32 AM
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Some beautiful riding there. Except for carrying of the bikes looked like fun. Wonder how much weight takes to counter-balance
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Everything old is new again. From the 1908 Sears Catalog:

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Was a nifty plan in some magazine for a folding outrigger wheel and bike guide wheels
for a Rail bike you could ride there and home on the street.

Gave a copy to a friend, but the magazine burned up , with other stuff, when the Boat House /Shop caught fire..

Most rail road right of ways are privately owned , not public property...
government gave the private companies (seized Indian) Land ,
as an incentive to invest in getting the transcontinental railroads, built
around the era of the 'Civil' War..







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Old 03-11-19, 07:57 AM
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These people are freakin nuts
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Old 03-11-19, 08:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Lemond1985 View Post
Board needs a "Vehicular Rail Cycling" subforum.
Oh for sure! And then a "Recumbent Vehicular Rail Cycling" sub-subforum.


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Old 03-11-19, 10:31 AM
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I would probably feel more comfortalbe just cycling on a normal bike between the rails on that bridge. I'll never find out because would be even more comfortable crawling on my belly with the bike on my back.
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Old 03-11-19, 10:47 AM
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Those abandoned railroads would make great rails to trails.
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Old 03-11-19, 11:50 AM
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Interesting. That could certainly be an alternative to Rails to Trails conversion.

I like the weighted tri-support, but a custom "quad" with the rider in the nmiddle may have its benefits too.
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Old 03-11-19, 01:17 PM
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Railroads are a more efficient way to move a lot of people at once, but the Private Car biz
makes more money change hands..

Out of yours into theirs ...
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I wish the government would work out more rail trails using active lines also, kind of beside it. The rail companies were gifted that land in the 1800ís and 1900ís anyway.
That's a myth, at least when it comes to the east. I work with original deeds fairly often. "Farmer brown et ux" got paid. It was really only certain western roads that got federal land grants, and that land became private once it was granted.
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Old 03-11-19, 02:05 PM
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Oh for sure! And then a "Recumbent Vehicular Rail Cycling" sub-subforum.


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I can't wait for the Living Railcar Free debates.
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Old 03-11-19, 02:06 PM
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I can't wait for the Living Railcar Free debates.
And the E-Railbike debates.
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Old 03-11-19, 02:10 PM
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Special Hand Cart section too, can't leave those out.
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I wonder if the young guys could keep up with the old guys.??
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Originally Posted by DrIsotope View Post
Everything old is new again. From the 1908 Sears Catalog:

Their Third Rail attachment proved to be less commercially viable.
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Old 03-12-19, 07:03 AM
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That's a myth, at least when it comes to the east. I work with original deeds fairly often. "Farmer brown et ux" got paid. It was really only certain western roads that got federal land grants, and that land became private once it was granted.
A gift doesn't necessarily mean zero dollars.

There's a checkered past when it comes to how bonds were issued, speculators scooped up land before the farmers actually working the land could buy it "back", and other events surround the period before/during/after the Civil War.

There's about 50 pages on it in the People's History of the U.S.

Yes, it wasn't "free", but it was on the level of buying Manhattan for a couple of beads from the American Indians.
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Old 03-12-19, 07:12 AM
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Originally Posted by burnthesheep View Post
A gift doesn't necessarily mean zero dollars.

There's a checkered past when it comes to how bonds were issued, speculators scooped up land before the farmers actually working the land could buy it "back", and other events surround the period before/during/after the Civil War.

There's about 50 pages on it in the People's History of the U.S.

Yes, it wasn't "free", but it was on the level of buying Manhattan for a couple of beads from the American Indians.
Dude. I am an attorney who has over 19 years of service with a railroad and who works on real estate issues frequently. Our records room is packed with deeds dating as far back as the 1800s demonstrating countless numbers of land acquisitions by eastern roads that were private transaction for fair value. But what do I know?
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Dude. I am an attorney who has over 19 years of service with a railroad and who works on real estate issues frequently. Our records room is packed with deeds dating as far back as the 1800s demonstrating countless numbers of land acquisitions by eastern roads that were private transaction for fair value. But what do I know?
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
Dude. I am an attorney who has over 19 years of service with a railroad and who works on real estate issues frequently. Our records room is packed with deeds dating as far back as the 1800s demonstrating countless numbers of land acquisitions by eastern roads that were private transaction for fair value. But what do I know?
We can chat via PM.

The original topic doesn't need to be polluted by this.
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Old 03-12-19, 08:55 AM
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We can chat via PM.
No need because you have ether not comprehended what I have written or don't understand the niceties.
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The belief that all railroads got their land for free and/or from the federal government is a fairly common myth. Yes. Several western roads were given a lot of land. Roads in the east paid for their interests, whether hey be fees, easements, etc. And the notion that lands that were deeded to the western roads are owned by the federal government up abandonment (which has a certain legal meaning in rail regulation) beyond the cessation of use is also misplaced.
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