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Sec. 2. Any company that is or that may be organized under the general laws of this state providing for the incorporation of railroad companies may complete any such abandoned road or part thereof, and shall, for such purpose, be invested with all the rights, privileges, interests, rights of way, franchises, properties, and immunities of such derelict railroad company, and shall proceed to construct the same, as is provided under this chapter. However, before any such new company shall succeed to said rights, privileges, interests, rights of way, franchises, properties and immunities, and before it shall proceed to complete such road or part of such road, the value of the same shall be ascertained by:
(1) one (1) disinterested freeholder in any county through which the line of the road may run; and
(2) two (2) disinterested appraisers licensed under IC 25-34.1;
who are residents of Indiana, one (1) of whom shall be selected by said new company, and one (1) by the old company, or the assignee or purchaser of the franchises thereof, and the other by the auditor of such county. One (1) of the appraisers described under subdivision (2) must reside not more than fifty (50) miles from the property. The freeholder and the two (2) appraisers appointed under subdivisions (1) and (2) shall constitute a board of appraisers; and in the event that the said old company, or the assignee or purchaser of the franchises thereof, shall fail or refuse, upon request, to name such appraiser, then the appraiser shall be named by the said auditor. Such board of appraisers shall take an oath to faithfully discharge their duties, and make a true and impartial appraisement of such rights, privileges, interests, rights of way, franchises, properties and immunities. Such board shall report their appraisement to said auditor, and, upon the payment of the same by such new company to the treasurer of such county, it shall succeed to and be invested as aforesaid. Nothing in this chapter shall authorize or permit any railroad company which has constructed and is operating its road to change its line of road from that now used and occupied so as to avoid any point named in their charter or articles of association.
Cite this article: FindLaw.com - Indiana Code Title 8. Utilities and Transportation § 8-4-12-2 - last updated June 08, 2021 | https://codes.findlaw.com/in/title-8-utilities-and-transportation/in-code-sect-8-4-12-2/
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