old railroad right a way

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  1. bob clark

    bob clark A man's man

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    we have a mile of old railroad right a way that is 100' wide and level. there is a road at each end. we have taken alot of rock out of the old road bed and used on the rest of our land. now we dont know what to do with this land . any suggestions?
     
  2. MELOC

    MELOC Master Of My Domain

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    i would test the soil before i considered planting anything. they used to use some harsh stuff for weed and brush control.
     

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    If you have the paperwork that shows that the railroad land goes back to you or your family after the railroad is done with it, I think you should make some major landscape changes like huge holes, or huge mounds, or some deep permanent comncrete structures before the county get some socialistic idea like steeling the land form you, and giving it to some tree hugging weekend bikers, or hikers. Make it unuseable. Build a barn over it with deep concrete footers, and a poured concrete floor.

    Counties around here are ignoring legal contracts between landowners, and railroads, and they are steeling these corridores from the landowners.
     
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    Build some rustic cabins along the edge and use the path as the driveway to the cabins as well as a solid spot for planters, etc into your 'Rustic Weekend Experience' rural life adventure. Make a little money and maybe even get folks to help do chores.;)
     
  5. bob clark

    bob clark A man's man

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    it runs across some of the best crop ground in the state and hasnt been sprayed in over 20 yrs. its growing real good weeks right now.

    to make it into crop ground we would have to shape it up with a dozer $6,000 would get rid of the trees and brush. and fill in the drainage ditch on each side of the bed
     
  6. DrippingSprings

    DrippingSprings In Remembrance

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    how long is it? Make a fine rifle range
     
  7. bob clark

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    its a mile long but only 100' wide

    there is already a shooting range near by.



    IT would make a heck of a strip mall
     
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    How about a monthly market place; flea markets, farmers markets, craft booths? A rural place where they could all congregate.
     
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    mobile home park
     
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    I like this idea, kinda country ded and breakfast, work on the farm type vacation packages.
    ED
     
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    You haven't mentioned if the railroad has disclaimed that right of way. If not that is the first thing I would do. Get a disclaimer from the railroad and file it of record at the Register of Deeds in your county. Once that is done then you know you are free to do as you please with the land.
     
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    Another reason I would get a disclaimer and file it of record.
     
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    There is an abandoned railroad bed that runs through our county and along the north edge of our 100 acres. However, although it appears abandoned, and the tracks have been removed, the railroad continues to pay taxes on the land.

    Some landowners are moving fences to take in the land, and some have used the gravel and rock for their own use. They are also paying the taxes on the same piece of property that the railroad company does.

    About every two years or so, there's a flurry of articles in the local paper about how the railroad is going to be re-activated.

    We have left the strip behind our place alone. It acts as a buffer between our land and the frontage road for a major highway.

    After getting legal advice and doing some research at the courthouse, we decided that we don't want to get into any extended legal hassles in the future, and it's just easier not to mess with it.
     
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    you may want to test for arsenic and lead before you consider breaking ground and spreading dust. i was serious about spraying issues. some things stay in the soil for more than 20 years.
     
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    If you remove the ballast and sell it or stockpile it you should have just enough fill left to level fill the barrow ditches on each side of the railbed.

    I haven't been to my home area for over a year now, but the rail line has been abandoned and now my sister-in-law has what I expect will be a mile of mess.
     
  16. bob clark

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    the railroad went out and it was sold to an investment group they stripped it of ties and rail then let it go for taxes to the county

    we bought it for a little of nothing and took alot of the rock out

    if we dont do anything with it i think we will sell it for about $1000.00/ac for building site for two houses. one on each end
     
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    Well, 12 acres of prime farm land is worth $120 an acre rent, or $3000 an acre to sell. (That's discounted for the small field size....) So the $6000 you spend could be recouped pretty easily 'here'. But you didn't fill out your profile, so no idea if that helps you wherever 'there' is.

    I'm tired of the govt taking it over, I'm tired of the RR stealing it, & I'm tired of new houses, so I'd sure make farm land out of it. But I'm just grumpy this evening.
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    prime land here in southern iowa is only bringing about $2000/ac

    it doesnt connect to any of the rest of our ground but is within 1/2 mi of us

    we offered it to the guy that owns all the land on both sides of it but he said he didnt want to give us what we were asking

    he wanted to give us less than the $500./ac we had offered it to him for

    we offered it to him for 1/3rd of what it is worth because he is a nieghbor and he should have it to tie his ground together. we thought we was doing him a faver. and he wanted to talk us down on the price
     
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    He must not have wanted it very bad and figures he can take you to the cleaners on it if 1) he thinks you're hurting for money. 2) thinks you just want to dump the land or 3) thinks you don't have a clue of the value of what you have.

    If he ever asks you about it again tell him the price has gone up since his refusal. If he refuses again and just by some slim chance, he talks to you about it again, the price has gone up since the last time he talked to you.

    If he really wants the land, he'll pay a reasonale price. If he doesn't want it and you're serious about selling it, just hang in there, someone will come along that will be more than happy to pay a fair price for it. I really doubt the price of the land will decrease over time.
     
  20. bob clark

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    he is just realy close to his money and figured he would get us to come down alittle. he said he wants the land but just wanted to get us to come down some. I dont even think he gave it a thought that we already had the price way down just for him

    the land owes us nothing since we took the rock out but that is neather here nor there. it is worth what it is worth

    If i had money to work with i would do the dozer work and plant the whole thing to trees