Tammy Scott (‘Plans for multi-purpose trail…’, May 14) should take her petition and maybe just shove it. The Wakefield steam train is a once-in-your-life tourist attraction for the region.
Where in the world can you ride a steam locomotive along a scenic railroad track from the downtown of a major city to a riverside village? Not many places, I would say. Tearing up the tracks for another bike path is just nonsense. The NCC has hundreds of miles of biking and hiking paths. Why would one tear up what was once a viable, revenue-generating national tourist attraction? The steam train is sitting idle. It would not take very much money to get it up and running. The tracks need to be cleaned up, and the culverts and drainage need to be repaired. Usually, you get two estimates before you have any sort of work done. Have there been two estimates of the costs involved to get the rail line ready to use for what it was always meant for – a steam train?
Tammy Scott should use some forward thinking vision and put her petition to rest. The community does not need more bike paths or hiking trails. The Gatineau Park has plenty. What the Chelsea and Wakefield community needs is a steam train.
Peter A. Ferguson