New Diamond Crossing

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New Diamond Crossing

Post by NYC27 » Thu Mar 21, 2019 7:37 pm

Hypothetical situation: a railroad seeks and receives permission from the STB to reactivate a fully abandoned ROW (like RJ Cormann did in PA a few years ago. However, the abandoned line once crossed another line at grade. Can the surviving active railroad block the constitution of a diamond or bridge across itself? Similarly two railroads run parallel east-west. Does the railroad on the north have any legal means to build across to get to a large industry on the south?

It seems like it has been 100 years since a competing carrier has faced the first situation, so case law is tough to find on the internet. Just curious, my mind started wandering today. R&N might have pulled this off near Nesquehoning Jct. now that I think of it, but NS might not have opposed the reactivation.

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