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    Default Chesapeake & Ohio abandoned line

    Not really considered "prototype research", but considered a fallen flag line. This is what is left of the C & O branchline north of Covington, Va. It is now the Jackson River rail-trail (pictures from my private collection):

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    I daydream of days gone by when I ride my bike down these trails. This would have been a great run for the engineers on the old steamers.

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    Oh man, I do the same thing on the rail-trails. It's just something about railroad history that gets me going.

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    Thanks for the photos

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    Riding bikes on Rail-Trails is great - no significant hills!
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    I wonder if anybody has ever thought of reverting a bike trail back to a railroad. Might work for a scenic railroad of some sort, it would be much cheaper than clearing land and starting from scratch.
    Did someone say whitcomb?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Intermodalman View Post
    I wonder if anybody has ever thought of reverting a bike trail back to a railroad. Might work for a scenic railroad of some sort, it would be much cheaper than clearing land and starting from scratch.
    If a right of way has been railbanked as part of the rails to trails program, ownership of the right of way still belongs to the railroad, so long as the right of way remains unbroken.

    The railroad has the right to rewctivate a line should the need arise.

    That said, I am not sure it can be done for purposes of creating a scenic railroad... and most scenic railroads operate on a shoestring budget. It would still cost millions of dollars to lay ties, rwil, and ballast, and there are no ( or very limited ) costs associated with regrading or rebuilding bridges ( remember that unbroken right of way statement above... it means the railroad can't remove the bridges, even if they are not a part of the trail).

    Paul

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