Tourist train on the wrong track
SIR, – Unless someone has had a Euro Millions win, please wake up from the pipe dream of a tourist attraction train to run between Banff and Portsoy.
Firstly, there is neither enough local population nor tourist numbers to sustain such a venture. Aberdeen and Deeside has population and is already a popular destination for tourists. The Durn, Boyne and Boyndie burns are no match to the world renowned River Dee!
Those who “walked” the line recently must be aware of the houses built at Banff and Ladysbridge stations, privately owned land. This is not Chicago; you cannot deviate here if landowners are obstinate.
Please see the report (P&J, January 11) detailing that a new bridge over the Dee alongside the existing one will cost £40-89million. There are five bridges to be rebuilt between Banff and Portsoy plus three level crossings and up to 20 miles of fencing to keep livestock away.
I suggest to those railway enthusiasts that they donate a steam engine to the Keith Dufftown railway rather than try being in competition against it. Alternatively, if the Buchan line is reopened as a commercial venture then share with them and run a tourist attraction on that line. George Davidson, Kirkwood