Dumb, noisy, dirty train

I agree that it is economically impossible for the rail operation to be restored with any semblance of being cost effective.

The letter to the editor by Bob Lundine (The NEWS, June 11) is exactly what should be done with the rail right of way.

I agree that it is economically impossible for the rail operation to be restored with any semblance of being cost effective. Additionally, it will never ever be profitable, nor even come close to break even.

We hear numbers like $20 million just to get things started. Likely it will take half of that just to do a comprehensive inspection of every inch of every rail, then figure in the tens of thousands of ties and spikes to be replaced and the numbers grow.

How much just to build a new Parksville station to national standards? Try something like $200,000. How many stations need to be built, how many totally refurbished or upgraded, never mind replaced?

How about parking? Every road crossing will have to be overhauled and upgraded. On top of that, how many extremely high-paid union workers will be on full-time payroll, 200 or 300? Any idea how many bridges to be replaced at what, a million each? I bet $20 million won’t even get things started.

Rip up the rails and install utilities. Water up and down the Island, possibly even tied to a pipeline from the mainland. Bury the power lines where feasible saving millions in yearly maintenance costs, install natural gas lines. A prime and natural utility corridor. Way way more beneficial than an expensive bottomless pit of a rail line.

Top it all off with a good walking/biking path three meters wide, possibly even allowing small scooters for us to pop over to the next town. Covered rest stops, toilets, benches, water fountains, decent lighting, parking where possible. All kinds of possibilities. Forget a railway. It’s a bad idea. Noise and diesel fumes — ugh.

Parksville/Nanaimo could even throw in a bunch of money now slated for the Englishman River waterworks. Leave the river water for the salmon.

That will bring tourists, not a dumb, noisy, dirty train that will be halted by every windstorm or even an earthquake.

Del RokoshParksville

Just Posted

Parksville Beach Festival Society launches campaign for outdoor stage

Public invited to event May 25 to help with kickoff

Crime Report: Oceanside RCMP receive 328 complaints in one-week span

Vandalism and theft of a wheelchair among listed incidents

Controversial cell tower proposal in Coombs clears another hurdle

Committee indicates Rogers satisfactorily completed requirements

Parksville advocate to discuss harm-reduction measures for addicts

Morris, along with a panel of professionals, will be at the PCC on May 21

QUIZ: Test your knowledge of Victoria Day

How much do you know about the monarch whose day we celebrate each May?

Take-home drug testing kits latest pilot to help curb B.C.’s overdose crisis

Researchers look to see if fentanyl testing could be a useful tool for those who use drugs alone

B.C. ferry stops to let black bear swim past near Nanaimo

Queen of Oak Bay brakes for wildlife in Nanaimo’s Departure Bay

RCMP arrest violent offender on Vancouver Island

Campbell River police struggle with suspect and take him down with a taser

Facebook takes down anti-vaxxer page that used image of late Canadian girl

Facebook said that the social media company has disabled the anti-vaccination page

Search crews rescue kids, 6 and 7, stranded overnight on Coquitlam mountain

Father and two youngsters fall down a steep, treacherous cliff while hiking Burke Mountain

Raptors beat Bucks 118-112 in 2OT thriller

Leonard has 36 points as Toronto cuts Milwaukee’s series lead to 2-1

Two cats die in house fire in Nanaimo

Fire happened just after 2 p.m. Sunday on Fifth Street, one resident displaced

RDN looking into providing bus service 365 days a year

RDN transit committee to consider adding bus service on Christmas, New Year’s and Good Friday

Most Read