On reading the ongoing scathing remarks from a few members of the Sunrise Beach community I feel I need to respond that although they have a right to look at the running of the new rail service being offered to visitors and the Byron community by Elements of Byron, they really need to listen to the logic of the situation.
This will be an excellent trip for many people, as well as helping to reduce the ongoing traffic tensions. What a lovely experience for many of the young and young at heart with its slow journey (designed to prevent any injuries to those wanting to cross the line ahead), its low use of diesel in comparison to cars and trucks – 3.5 litres of fuel for the complete 7 km turnaround journey and for transporting 104 people that won’t be using their cars!
The knee-jerk fear mongering needs to be called out when they harp on about asbestos brake linings, which haven’t been used in trains for at least 40 years, and the noise pollution stories. As the refurbished train will be travelling on a flat line, cruising quietly along the smooth tracks, the noise will be minimal and the convenience of leaving your car at the car park (I believe there will be at least 100 car parking spaces provided by Elements) going for a leisurely ride into town, on to the beach, going shopping, having a coffee, dinner and a drink, and then a safe trip back to your car, not having to face that grindingly slow car ride into town, only to find there are no parking spots or having to pay many dollars for the privilege of using one, will be just great.
I predict this local rail service will become extremely popular in a very short time and be the envy of other towns in our region where we have no public transport supporting our local communities.
Lydia Kindred, Rosebank