The Opossum Run Branch
— ICC Abandonment Filings —
|Docket: 22385||12/17/1962||Section: 1(18)|
|Application and Ret. to Quest. for authority to abandon that portion of its Opossum Run Branch and operation thereover, extending from Valuation Station 82+63 to Valuation Station 214+00, its terminus, a distance of 2.49 mi., located in the Township of Dunbar, Fayette, County, Penna.|
|Length: 2.49 miles|
— User Comments —
I, own the opossum run branch from twp. road 627 to 80 acres road, purchased it in 2004, bought the old #3 mine leisenring#3 need to know what year the pa railroad abandoned it,i know there are no more rails or ties left,after abandoment,i heard it goes back to current land owner is this correct? thanks tom brown
Yes. By federal law land goes back to original owner or their heirs. If you purchased tracts that include the old right of way and it is stated in you land deed you have ownership than it is yours. If not it belongs to family of original owner, but there is a loophole in PA that states if property isn't used for 17 years and you place a structure or do improvements, then it belongs to you. We had this issue with the Allegheny River trail north of Kennerdale. Paving company called us to inform us that they couldn't finish the trail due to a cottage built directly on the right of way. At least the land owner was nice enough to build a trail from right of way to the dirt road that paralleled it and placed a bridge across a small stream to enable bikers to continue.