Surely I am not the only one to think that ripping out the Kelowna and beyond train tracks for scrap price to make a walking trail is a terribly short-sighted idea.
I see no reason why a trail and the tracks could not exist to serve the athletic, the less mobile and tourists alike. Yes, it would require the co-operation of the different governing bodies and volunteers of all stripes. People love trains, take note of the often sold out traffic on the short KVR ride in Summerland.
I see opportunities for the wine industry to become involved in such a project like the dinner and wine train in Napa. As a past member of the B.C. Railway society I know that people will travel long distances to ride trains. Count me as one.
Were such an idea come to fruition, a huge powerful locomotive would not be needed for this almost level track. Our country is littered by unused rolling stock easy to convert to the type of daily summer run I envisage.
I urge all involved with the purchase of this track to look to the future. Consider not destroying the asset, but instead have vision for the future and build upon it.