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Richard Cavalloro

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« on: October 08, 2015, 10:16:06 AM »
I'm not sure if this question can be answered easily or not but here goes.
Was recently reading one of my Narrow Gauge in the Sheepscot Valley in the Head Tide section.   I know the Museum owns ROW in the area but is it just the mainline or is the depot site included in that.  As far as other sections as well, is it strictly the roadbed or does the museum own additional land along the ROW?
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Re: ROW
« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2015, 10:23:40 AM »
Our ROW situation is a bit complicated.  The original railroad company, the Wiscasset & Quebec RR, owns a large chunk of ROW, including the land that Sheepscot and Alna Center sit on.  Harry Percival originally owned it (from the descendant company of the WW&F in 1985), before he died he deeded most of it to the W&Q (which was moribund but he restarted it in 1988).  The W&Q owns ROW in Alna (south of Cross road plus much ROW under much of our existing trackage), Whitefield and China (those are the towns I know about), and probably in Vassalboro, Windsor, Palermo and Albion too, with smatterings elsewhere such as New Sharon.  What they own exactly outside of Alna, I do not know.

We own piece of ROW that we have track on (from where the ownership had reverted back to abutters, in some cases), plus a 1.5 mile stretch down the Mountain to behind Head Tide Church, plus a small section beyond it (might be the Head Tide station section, I don't know).  And we own a stretch in Whitefield and a half acre in Wiscasset. 

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Re: ROW
« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2015, 11:19:55 PM »
James
What you are saying is what the original RR owned the WW&F Museum owns - where title is retained.
More or less. Maybe sort of.

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Re: ROW
« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2015, 11:43:06 PM »
James
What you are saying is what the original RR owned the WW&F Museum owns - where title is retained.
More or less. Maybe sort of.

More like the original railroad still owns large parts of the ROW where title is retained and makes these properties available to the museum, and in addition to that there are other pieces the museum owns by itself.