Letters to the Editor

Kill the trains

Why is the ICF (Island Corridor Foundation) still trying to push to revive some retro-romantic railway to carry freight and transport residents and tourists on a scenic journey to various Island towns and Victoria?

If rail travel had been a practical, money-making proposition it never would have been canceled. But when the service was terminated trains ran mostly empty and freight, other than the occasional tank car, was non-existent, at least to the upper Island.

Trying to resurrect the train is folly. If anyone takes the time to walk the tracks it will be evident that the estimate of $140-160 million to refurbish the line is probably low. If the government and the ICF are hell bent on spending this kind of dough to develop the corridor, perhaps they should consider taking a page from the communities in the Kelowna area and develop the right of way similar to the Kettle Valley trail system, thus affording residents of the various Island communities access to a good walking and biking trail and providing an interesting tourist attraction. In fact tie it into the galloping goose trail in Victoria.

Stifle the rail idea. It’s wasting the energy of our representatives and there are other more pressing priorities.

Pyers Mostyn


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