Adopting a new train of thought
THE sight of rusting rail lines through the Tweed is a silent reminder of the days when trains played a key role in the transport of freight and passengers to and from the far-north coast.
Now those same rails are the centre of a rally to keep them by those still hopeful of a return of train services to Murwillumbah.
The actual future of the steel train lines remains uncertain – will they be retained in any rail trail development or will they be removed?
To think that by retaining them, it may be key to any restoration of train services to the Tweed is wishing thinking.
Should a future government decide to provide rail services here, they definitely won’t be using old rusted lines, nor would I suspect using the same rail corridor.
The push for rail services to meet growing population demands on the far-north coast is sensible, but to do that, future routes would be closer to the coast where major centres exist, not through the hinterland.
Whether the existing train lines stay or go will have no bearing on that decision. What role they will play in the development of a rail trail through the Tweed will be an economic decision, not one based on long-term transport plans.
— Kristy Godfrey, Kingscliff
TAKE a lesson from the ants you lazybones, learn from their ways and become wise.
— Proverbs 6.6 (N.L.T.) The study of bats to the discovery of radar. The lesson is: An intelligent design implies an intelligent designer. 1955: Rosa Parks is arrested for refusing to move to the back of a bus and give her seat to a white passenger in Montgomery, Alabama. 1971: John Lennon and Yoko Ono release in US. 1973: Australia grants self-government to Papua New Guinea.
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