Lionel J Pink, Lismore
Watching a program yesterday, Nordlandsbanen Train Journey, reminded me of the appeal of country rail travel, aside from the obvious A to B benefits of being able to simply relax until I get where I feel to go.
Along with many others who used to enjoy the Northern Rivers Railway service, the word ‘appreciation’ springs to mind in regards to looking at the beauty of mother nature, which is not mentioned nearly enough when describing what country rail travel does for so many.
Politicians and corporate executives (plane travellers) discuss the obvious commercial aspects of trains. Trains in cities are about expediting people to and from work through built up areas and suburbs to their intended destination. The ho hum, hum drum, clickety clack… through the city by train that probably all the bureaucratic-minded citizens of cities know of. Those denying rail services for the Northern Rivers cannot be blamed for their dismissive lack of interest in our populace once again having what was taken away. Policy makers have probably been near trains all their lives and do not feel the appeal of them, other than as a necessary function.
Sitting looking out the windows of a country train service taking people through beautiful scenery is just great for the soul. Tourists are all of us. Whether local, regional or overseas, the appreciation of the views put all on tour. I believe the lack of appreciation for what we’ve had removed is at the heart of the issue of why our train services need to resume!
Politicians shrug, saying we should just catch connecting buses. You do not understand. Not many could claim to feel great appreciation staring out the window of a bus on the freeway, in traffic. The life connection that is only truly found when passing through countryside on a train, is quite simply not there.