Island rail exaggerations

Yet another attempt to keep the railroad with exaggerated and outrageous statements.

Re: the recent letter to the editor by Norma Reimer (‘Build a rail service and people will come,’ The NEWS, June 28).

Yet another attempt to keep the railroad with exaggerated and outrageous statements.

There is a good reason that there are lots of letters to stop this madness of reinstating the train. To call bicyclists “bullies that run over anyone in their way” is an offensive statement to all bicyclists and not true at all.

Also, the statement that many people have to make the trip over the Malahat daily is not based on fact. Highway is blocked often? Not a fact either.

Cruise ship passengers will not have enough time to make a trip to Qualicum and back to their ship. Even if any rail service would start up again, the highest speed would be 30 km per hour. Not a efficient way to get anywhere fast.

The tracks are sitting idle for about five years now. If it is so profitable to run a rail service here it would have never stopped.

Enough said. Might as well close the discussion on this subject because nothing gets done anyway.

Roelof ElzingaQualicum Beach

Just Posted

Woodyatt seeks help to pursue physics education in London

Ballenas Secondary product gets accepted to prestigious university in United Kingdom

Nanoose Bay Catspan receives BC SPCA funding

Spay/neuter grant to address overpopulation

Solar system spending, asbestos removal in SD69 plan

Green house gas emission report received at May 22 board meeting

Gr. 7s learn about digital safety, health, consent at con in Parksville

SD69 hosts first Health and Wellness Conference for students headed to high school

Qualicum Beach east village plans take shape

Staff moving forward with east village concept

VIDEO: Meet some of the Vancouver Island Tribute Festival performers

The NEWS speaks with Elvis, Liberace tribute artists and others before they go on parade

Passersby help rescue occupants of home as fire breaks out in Courtenay

Coffee run turns into fire rescue for pair of men

Giant beer tanks arrive in new B.C. home city

Molson Coors tanks finish river journey and move to overland trip in Chilliwack

VIDEO: Pipeline supporters rally across B.C.

Five simultaneous events organized by month-old Suits and Boots lobby group

VIDEO: B.C. woman praises burn fund after boat explosion in 1978

White Rock woman was 16 years old when she was left with second- and third-degree burns

B.C.’s Ryan Craig, Vegas Golden Knights chase history

Local product behind bench for expansion team’s incredible championship run

CP rail workers give strike notice

Employees could walk out as early as Tuesday at 7 p.m. PT

RCMP investigating after gunshots fired in Courtenay

Comox Valley RCMP officers are investigating after gunshots rang out in Courtenay… Continue reading

Vancouver Island wife brings husband back to life with CPR, thanks to 911 dispatcher

‘The dispatcher literally taught me CPR over the phone’

Most Read