Sunday, December 28, 2008

Abandoned Northwestern Pacific Railway land

From: "Casia Dodson"

Can I purchase land from the abandoned Northwestern Pacific Railway that touches my land on both sides of the track?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Suggest that you ask a local real estate attorney in your town. If you have been using the adjacent land for decades, perhaps the attorney could advise about constructive easements. A title search might help you to determine the current ownership.

12/28/2008 11:57 AM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

From: "Casia Dodson"

We already have an easement. What I want to know is if we can purchase the land on both sides of the track which touches my property from the state or railroad. If they are no longer going to use it, my family would like to own it. In the condition the state is in I would think any money would be welcome. I can't imagine the state or the country giving more money to this defunct railroad. The people in charge have bleed FEMA dry and made themselves millionairs.

12/28/2008 6:56 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

From: "Kevin Bunker"

It may not be abandoned land. In what county and district is the parcel?

Be aware that most of the remaining Northwestern Pacific Railroad tracks and immediate right of way are owned by one of two government agencies — the State of California's North Coast Railroad Authority governs the idled section from Willits to the Eureka area formerly called the "North End" when Southern Pacific owned the NWP. The former NWP "South End" from Willits to roughly Larkspur in Sonoma County are owned by the Golden Gate Bridge District and are set to be renovated and reopened for commuter and freight traffic starting in 2009-2010.

You should probably at the very least consult the county assessor's office relative to your parcel to see what the most recent tax and land title records say, and also speak with a reliable commercial property realtor before reaching any even tentative conclusions.

—Kevin Bunker, Portland OR

12/28/2008 7:00 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...


Only if the current owner want to sell it – I suspect that would be the North Coast Rail Authority, who hopes to eventually reopen the rail line.


12/29/2008 4:46 PM  

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