Figuring Out Railroad Property Rights in North Carolina

January 11, 2021Brochures

An overview of the sources of railroad company rights in land and the types of interests held by railroad companies, as well as guidance on searching title and assessing railroad interests


Ascertaining a property owner’s rights and the nature of the railroad’s interest and boundaries is a difficult task. The author has encountered tricky (and time-consuming) title and property rights issues from time to time from the perspective of the property owner or the secured lender. In grappling with these issues, the author compiled a set of “research” files on a variety of railroad topics. These materials are intended to be an overview of the common issues, a practical guide for title research and a starting place for more extensive research.