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