Tourist train on the wrong track

The Press and Journal (Highlands & Islands) - - Opinion -

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

Cres­cent, Port­soy

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