So your phrasing to suit your own narrative and I never implied anything, only your assumption.
Yes, I deliberately paraphrased in my own words, because you
took offence to my making the same point with your exact words!
Yes, your language did (and still does) imply the rail corridor is a right of way through land owned by a farmer.
It is not.
Freehold is a permanent right of vacant possession. A right of way mean someone else (such as a neighbour owning an islanded piece of land) has the right to traverse your property in set circumstances, and nothing else. "Former RoW" implies that very limited right no longer exists, which is very different from the right not being exercised as regularly as it once was. These are facts, not assumption.
Shane, I'm not trying to put words in your mouth. I'm not deliberately having a go at you (for a change). It's clear to me you (more or less) understand the issues here, but this not about you.
As for the rest though, TLDR - tell it to Don.
What the neighbours feel, think, especially what they think
they are entitled to, is entirely beside the point. It's not their f***n land, and they have no more or less right to decide what it's used for than the rest of us.
I used to live in Goulburn (in part for the cycling), and spent a great deal of time researching all the issues regarding the RT to Crookwell. I know full well what the farmers up there think: the RT is a conspiracy to allow the bogans down in Goulburn to come up and piss on their crops, rape their daughters and deprive them of their divinely gifted genetic purity. I'm not at all surprised this has happened. I know all about the legislative issues restricting the land's use, or re-titling. It's the reason this sticks in my craw so much.
One more time: F***ing Squatters.