Posted 10/17/2020 02:32 (#8549705 - in reply to #8549375) Subject: RE: Railroad question
South Central Illinois
There was a time that the land was available from the government for $1 acre.
The government then decided to give the railroads alternative sections.
One on the right, then one on the left.
Checker board style.
These could be stacked up to 20 miles.
After the railroad was built the government would sell the remaining sections for $2 acre.
Thus, this did not cost money and promoted development.
And the railroad would sell their acres to pay for the construction of the railroad tracks.
The fill mostly came from the cuts made for construction.
No massive grade separation overpasses, like the interstates.