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Incidentally, if you didn't have eminent domain and the occasional use of private development, you wouldn't have had a coast-to-coast railroad in the 1800's (you knew the railroads were privately owned, right?)

The railroads were given vast chunks of government-owned land around the areas where they ran through, as an incentive to build the largest feasible network.

But typically railroads do *not* own the land that their tracks run on; someone else owns the land and the railroad just owns the right to run tracks & trains through the land.
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