Canadian trains

It amazes me that Europe can cut a railway tunnel through a mountain for 57 km and we cannot even refurbish an existing rail line

It must be Canada, eh? It amazes me that Europe can cut a railway tunnel through a mountain for 57 km and we cannot even refurbish an existing rail line up Vancouver Island.

Few Island residents would prefer to drive my brother’s 1952 Ford grain truck instead of their shiny new cars, so why would we want to retain the 1952 old beater engine on the tracks?

I would not worry about the ties rotting because most ties today are pre-cast concrete. Many people want to reduce traffic on our highways, so how does adding buses to move people help in that regard?

As for people running into trains, or vice versa, we would have to remove all bicycles, motorcycles, cars, trucks, etc. to stop people here running into each other, banks, stores, poles, traffic circles, trees, as well as trains.

How much did B.C. receive from the federal government for improving transportation in B.C.?

Thank you for the letter to the editor from Island Corridor Foundation (ICF) chair Judith Sayers (The NEWS, June 16), that stated the ICF is not crumbling — maybe one day I can visit my specialist in Victoria (or just visit Victoria) without trying to drive the Malahat. Like many people here would like to do, and people all over Europe do now, I’ll just take the train.

Ed FergussonParksville

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