Taxpayers can’t afford train


by admin on May 28, 2014

The Editor,

In spite of the general opinion that the steam train brings much welcome tourist money to the region, I think that an environmentally friendly trail would be preferable. The antique steam engine and its rolling stock are the stuff of train buffs and steam enthusiasts, not something that should be owned or funded by the taxpayer. This would be the perfect recipe for disaster. The steam train also has a lousy carbon footprint.

Since the CPR gave up on the line for obvious reasons (it was not commercially feasible), the various train reincarnations have never been commercially profitable, despite what some may say.

It will cost the taxpayer $50 million and ongoing expenses that could never be offset by the supposed influx of tourist dollars.

And Mr. Ferguson of Gatineau: I was taught that if you don’t have anything nice to say about someone (letter, May 21, Tammy Scott) then don’t say anything at all. Everyone is entitled to an opinion – even you – but play nice, not rude, please.

Marc Ranger

Wakefield, QC

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