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The Murwillumbah Group of Northern Rivers Rail Supporters are holding an event this Thursday as part of the campaign to save the railway tracks from being ripped up. They are suggesting the rail trail be put next to the railway so the tracks won’t be lost.

The groups say people of Murwillumbah have not been consulted on whether they want to keep the Casino to Murwillumbah railway line for the future. This question has not been asked of anyone along the whole 132 km of line.

Marie Luxford from the Murwillumbah Rail Group says the state government has closed the section of the line from Condong/Murwillumbah to Crabbes Creek which effectively cuts off any potential for future rail connections between the Northern Rivers and QLD, while at the same time there are plans to bring the Gold Coast light rail down to South Tweed.

‘The Government’s own website states that the NSW Government will undertake an independently facilitated community consultation session for each proposed rail trail. This hasn’t happened. Tweed Shire Council only organised one small meeting with some of the landholders next to the rail corridor before the closure of our line.’

Not a good use of taxpayers’ money

The group says the assessment of the cost of the rail trail on the Casino to Murwillumbah railway line is $596,000 per km whereas the actual cost of the Byron Railway company to repair the line at Byron cost $660,000 per km. A very slight difference. ‘Destroying the railway line is not a good use of taxpayers’ money,’ said Ms Luxford.

Serena V. Dolinska from the Murwillumbah group says that driving up the M1 on the Easter weekend towards Tweed, she passed a few cyclists pedalling in the cycle lane. ‘Why is a 132km bike trail needed when there’s a dedicated sealed cycle path for long-distance riders already there? Plus with the amount of concrete walking and bike paths along the coast and through parklands, the Tweed Shire is well serviced already.

A train could still run

‘Why go to the extent of removing all the existing rail infrastructure to create more paths? To install a gravel track that will need weeding and maintenance, constantly, in summer in this climate? How would the track bear up in rain like we’ve been having recently? A train could still run.’

Representatives from the group said that at a recent Murwillumbah Rail Meeting, Mayor Chris Cherry said that she’d had the opportunity to speak to the tenderers for the rail trail and told them that Council has resolved to consider an off-formation option, meaning alongside the tracks. ‘However at meetings at Burringbar, Iain Lonsdale, the Rail Trail Project Officer, stated that this was not going to happen and TSC staff had only worked on the on-formation option.

‘When looking at the tracks you can see how wide the corridor is and there’s room to put the bike path beside. Council does not need to pull up the railway tracks in order to have a bike path.’

The event will be held at the Regent Cinema on Thursday, April 29 from 6pm.


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38 COMMENTS

  1. Only a non-cyclist would suggest that the M1 is a suitable place for people to ride. I dare Serena V. Dolinska to take her family for a “nice ride” on the M1 amongst the speeding motorists, B-double trucks and diesel pollution, and report back on her experience (ahhhh the serenity!). Ludicrous. How about we consult with actual cyclists and see what they think? And by cyclists I mean ALL cyclists – the road racers, the mountain bikers, the not-so fit (but keen for a gentle cruise anyway), the parents of young kids, disabled cyclists… ALL of them. Stop speaking on our behalf since you clearly have no idea what it’s like to be riding on the road in this region.

    • You have perhaps deliberately not read the whole sentence…I said the dedicated cycle lane on the M1 is for long-distance cyclists, but for a family outing there are the cycle paths along the coast. I have done that myself. When my kids were small, I cycled regularly with them through parklands along with my dogs. You couldn’t take a family outing over many too kilometers away from any facilities. Don’t make assumptions! A trail alongside the rail tracks will cater for all in the future. Don’t you care about transport options for those not fit or able to cycle? The very young, the elderly, the disabled?

      • The “cycle lane” on the m1 is nothing more than bicycle logos painted on the hard shoulder. Only the hardest of hard core cyclists use it.

        Nice that you have paths you can cycle on where you live. There very little in Murwilumbah and they are crisscrossed by roads and streets. The longest “shared path” which runs between Murwillumbah and Bray Park is so narrow that riders passing in opposite directions have to get off the path. It certainly doesn’t meet the width specification for a shared path.

        There are thousands of kilometres of railway tracks around Australia available for you to use. Where there are no trains you can catch a bus. Pretending that a railway that doesn’t go near the vast majority of the region population is a transport solution is ridiculous.

        Only people who know nothing about trails and the terrain in the corridor are suggesting a trail can be built off the formation. A path scratched in down in the grunge the edge of the corridor where users would constantly have to negotiate the terrain is not a “rail trail”.

      • We hear the train will provide a service for “the very young, the elderly the disabled”. Who exactly will be the fare paying passengers?

  2. You’re Dreamin’, if you think the corridor has enough width to accommodate a trail AND a train service.

    This corridor was designed 131 years ago to only ever accommodate a single track service, and certainly very few times per day, which would be unacceptable with today’s modern bus flexible public transport system.

    The actual tracks could possibly bear trains for another few years, but EVERYTHING under them, (sleepers, trestles and bridges etc.) are SHOT. Some tree trunks are half a meter in diameter, growing in between the tracks.

    Go figure..

    • You seem to be confusing the rail corridor, which is a minimum of 32 metres wide, with the rail formation that the tracks sit on.
      There is plenty of room for both rail and bike/walking track within the corridor and that is the preference of the majority of locals and over 90% of businesses.
      What is the problem with having both, for the benefit of all?

  3. Any area that has created a Rail Trail has immediately benefited by it. Not only for cyclists, but walkers, horse riders and more.
    Landholders adjoining Rail Trails who objected prior to them being formed quickly changed their minds once it became obvious that it generated business for small town areas.
    An example that has grown from small beginnings is the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail which starts at Wulkaraka near Ipswich and originally terminated at Yarraman, a distance of 161 kilometres. I, a 77 year old, recently rode from Linville to Blackbutt a return distance of 44km. The trail was quite busy with people of all ages, on bikes, hiking and horse riding .
    Blackbutt was chockers with people looking for food etc.
    The Rail Trail has now been further extended as The Link Trail between Yarraman and Kingaroy, then the Kilkivan To Kingaroy Rail Trail, over 300 kilometres one way in all.
    It’s popularity speaks for itself.
    Don’t miss out folks, bring your small towns back to life.

  4. This was a lost cause more than a decade ago. It’s pointless to rehash the arguments against reviving the rail line because they’re is zero chance that it could happen.

    • Our new not-for-profit public company has been registered to do just that, bring rail services back to the Northern Rivers because that’s what the people want, but we can have both rail and trail beside it.

      • Northern Rivers Rail Limited is operated by inexperienced volunteers and proposing projects costing billions of dollars funded by $20 subscriptions. They don’t even have the money for a manager let alone for a business plan.

        Way too little. Way too late. You have had years to get this gong yet you started more than a month after the legislation dedicating the corridor as a trail was passed. It is a farce.

  5. l feel that cyclist and railway track is a very good idea ,why not have both . Cyclist do have a hard time the the roads but what about the elderly and families that do not have a car,. if they want to go down to Casino or Ballina where is the public transport to take them there , there is a couple of buses that leave too early or too late, a light rail would be ideal , maybe ran twice a day at hours to suit a day trip. We need a light rail here , the state government has taken everything else from us

    • Bus services are irregular because very few people use them. There could be a lot more buses for far less than the cost of running a single train. It makes absolutely no sense to spend hundreds of millions of dollars resurrecting a railway for a couple of services a day for a tiny fraction of the regional population that lives along the old corridor.

      Both sides of the state government and opposition participated in the closure of the railway. There will not be funding for trains on the old corridor. Not now not ever. That has been the position for eight years now. During this time a number of local councils have made detailed plans and lobbied for funding to build a trail on the old corridor. Tweed has $16 million dollars and is almost ready to start construction.

      The article is about a non-for-profit company that sprang up in December 2020 more than a month after the passage of the legislation dedicating the Tweed section of the corridor as a public trail. Their stated goal is to resurrect the 130 km of mostly decrepit tracks between Casino and Murwillumbah and operate heritage trains on them before extending the line to Coolangatta. This multi-billion dollar venture is to be managed by volunteer staff and funded by $20 subscriptions. They don’t even have the money to employer a competent manager let alone build a detailed business plan of how they would go about achieving their aims. Some people are only taking them seriously because they have been seriously misinformed by the organisers.

      BTW A train will not take you to Ballina because there is no railway line. Hasn’t been one since the 1940s.

    • Joan you’ve got to be kidding, there are eight different bus trips from Byron Bay to Ballina – the first one leaves at 7.40 am and the last at 5.40. They divert into Suffolk Park, Lennox Head and major housing estates as well as offer a hail and ride service. They start from Mullum at 8.35 am and the route will take you to Byron hospital or Ballina Airport. I love train travel but how can the old rail infrastructure provide this level of flexibility. Public transport solutions must match the population distribution and their major destinations.

    • Yes, Joan, so many people agree with you. Become a member of our new not-for-profit public company which has been registered to bring Rail services back to the Northern Rivers. Contact: [email protected] – you can become a member for $20 and be part of the solution!

  6. This story is filled with so much misinformation it is hard to know where one should start but the outstanding paragraph for me is the utter nonsense that claims , ‘A train could still run’. Nothing could be further from the truth with new levels of misleading propaganda released daily as the start of the trail construction looms.

    Rail advocates who say the corridor is wide enough for both track and trail are only looking at a map. They have saturated the online media and plastered virtually every pole and window in Murwillumbah with images of rails + trails from other corridors on wide flat plains. On the ground in Tweed Shire the situation is very different with most of the formation consisting of narrow embankments, in places up to six metres high. Tweed council engineers had already assessed the possibility of an off-formation design and found that it would be impractical for about ninety percent of the route between Murwillumbah and Crabbes Creek. Contrary to the often repeated but never substantiated claims of the rail advocates, building a rail off the formation would be prohibitively expensive and result in an inferior facility that would not meet the expectations of visitors who know that “rail trail” means a path with relatively gentle gradients.

    The article misrepresents the position of the council regarding the off-formation design and implies that the project director has failed to follow the instructions of the council. Nothing could be further from the truth and Iain Lonsdale would have grounds to sue both the author and The Echo for defamation if he cared to. Engineers who have worked on the project over the past seven years built up their plans and costings based on typical rail trails, replacing the lines with a path, largely made from compacted gravel with some sections through towns and villages sealed to accommodate the heavier usage. When time finally came to call tenders, a minority of councillors requested that tenderers also be invited to submit plans for a complying design off the formation. The design was always been on-formation while the off-formation consideration is nothing more than an appendix to the tender document.

    • There is already a maintenance track along the side of the rail formation which could adequately already be a bike trail. In places where there is a tunnel the trail would have to detour but most avid riders would not mind a bit more challenging terrain as long as it is safe. For those not wanting to take that route they can simply w said for the next train to come by and put their bike on until they reach a spot where they can alight and resume their journey.

      • The line does not have a maintenance track beside it. Like the vast majority of railways, access for track maintenance is along the line itself. Clearly Lydia is not familiar with the corridor at all, neither by map nor on the ground. Anyone who has walked along the corridor knows that there is no possibility of constructing a trail off the formation.

        The 500 metre long Burringbar tunnel passes one hundred metres below the range. The terrain above the tunnel is far too steep to climb without ropes let alone walk or ride a bicycle. The corridor is bound by private land so there is no option to go around other than to ride from Stoker Siding to Burringbar over the Burringbar Range on Tweed Valley Way.

        There are no trains to wait for,

  7. Liz.l l forgot to put Murwillumbah , l know you have a of public transport down your way. Here there is nothing much at all.

    • The truth is that Joan doesn’t know about the bus services available in Murwillumbah because she has no interest in using them. There are in fact many bus services. Consult the following page for a list of a few of them. There are many more not listed here.
      https://www.railmaps.com.au/routedetails.php?TableSelect=2490

      Except for school runs, most of the bus services run with only a handful of passengers at most. The notion that trains are required remains ridiculous while this is the reality. In any case dozens of bus services could be added for less than the cost of one train. Moreover, not being stuck on a track, they can serve routes anywhere they are needed and moved as needs change.

      Most of the people who talk about “trains getting cars off the road” are talking about other people using trains so they will have more room on the road because they have no intention whatsoever of giving up the convenience of their own car.

    • Sorry Joan, I should not have assumed you meant Byron Shire. But could you pass the word on down here that we have pretty good public transport because the TOOT enthusiasts down here will tell you it’s not. There could always be more coverage but the comfort, range and flexibility of our buses are far superior to many regional areas.

      They are denigrated as road vehicles but how many single cars does a full bus take off the road and the way to get usage of public transport is to have it accessible to the population densities and take them where they need to go.

    • Joan, there is literally no public transport in the whole of the Northern Rivers between Casino to Murwillumbah and beyond – just a few privately owned and heavily subsidised large buses that don’t fulfil the needs of our local and visitor populations.
      Time for a change for the better!

      • Read what you wrote Lydia. Effectively you said the is literally no public transport except of the public transport.

        In what way don’t buses fulfill the needs of locals and visitors? How would a train to a very limited number of locations do better than buses that can go everywhere? Why involve a train to get from Ballina to Tweed when buses can take a much more direct route and would be much faster?

        If people want better public transport then we should have more buses. But first a lot more people would need to use those the service we already have,

  8. As I’ve been pointing out since the trains stopped running, there’s nothing to stop using the rails themselves for the trail where there’s no room alongside with demountable panels and rails and there are recycled plastic options for this. A question that remains unanswered, who gets the money for the several million bucks worth of scrap metal if the rails are removed?

    • You may have been pointing out about using the rails for the trail but you clearly have not been listening to the responses. The rails are 143 cm apart while the trail needs to be nearly twice this width. Imagine riding a bike and over the edge and down onto the gapped sleepers and ballast. It would be far too dangerous especially on such a narrow path. We have heard ideas about pouring concrete between the rails, filling the space with gravel, pavers or even rubber mats but none of the proponents address the real issues or acknowledge that there is nothing to be gained by retaining the tracks.

      Recyclable plastic walkways is the latest crazy idea. No rail advocate has done any costings while unsubstantiated opinions vary from the ridiculous idea that it would cost less than a compacted gravel path to the idea that Northern Rivers Rail Limited is going to pay the extra cost from their funds raised by selling $20 subscriptions. I guess they think adding a few more tens of millions to the multi-billion dollar project they say they are going to fund through donations wouldn’t make much difference . It is all nonsense anyway and they know it.

      They deny the fact that distributing thousands of tonnes of plastic through the environment to decay in the sun is anything but an environmentally friendly option and completely ignore the reality that it would become an enormous toxic conflagration the first time a bush fire went through. They won’t acknowledge how much more difficult it would be to maintain a raised path using brush-cutters than to simply drive along with a flail mower like the councils already do on the roads.

      The question of who would receive the salvage value of the tracks has been answered. The tracks are not part of the corridor and belong to the NSW government who would receive any money from their sale. Hopefully some of them can be used in the project to maintain a bit of extra character for the rail trail.

      • The raised cycleways are non-flammable, of course. And speaking of the width of the cycleways on the rail track formation, they will need to have fences along both sides which has not been included in costings by the rail trail fraternity, I believe.

        • Please post a link to the datasheet of the flame resistant plastic product you are describing.

          Lydia believes a lot of things that don’t make sense. Tweed Shire Council has been working on the trail project plan for years and engaged with adjacent landholders. I’m sure fences will have been included anywhere they mattered.

    • Hopefully that money can go towards the maintenance of the Trail! There is little point in keeping the old infrastructure, old being the operative word! If a train service ever came back, new infrastructure would have to be implemented. The likelihood of this happening is zero at the moment and I imagine in the future we will have modern, green options for public transport. Keep on pedalling Robin!! Nothing greener and it keeps you fit!

    • Clearly, you’ve never seen a rail trail if you think you can leave the rails in place and expect people to dodge them while riding. Leaving rails in place is not a practical option any way you look at it. Aside from the obvious trip hazard it poses, space is needed for trail uses so they can pass one another safely at varying speeds and abilities. Bicycle riders for instance travel at a wide range of speeds depending on what they are riding and their relative level of fitness. Not to mention the potential for groups of riders approaching from opposite directions. Horse riders also need loads of space. If you have ever seen large groups of tired and sweaty competitive trail runners you will realise they require plenty of realestate too. And lets not forget those with disabilities using mobility devices. How do you think they are going to cope with rails left in place? Its either one or the other, and the other ain’t coming back (not in our life time anyway), end of story.

      Bring on the rail trail. It was never just for ‘elite’ cyclists, thats just rail advocate propaganda. Its the communities along the way who will benefit most from its existence. Just look to other rail trail success stories such as the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail or Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail.

      The absurd comment by a rail advocate quoted in the above report regarding her observation of a few cyclists pedalling along infrequent and limited sections of a narrow and highly dangerous cycling lane painted on the M1 is broadly representative of this group to my understanding. It speaks volumes about their knowledge of this type of infrastructure and more precisely, the hazards inherent in cycling in general.

  9. The Train lobby group are just playing the community. They only began to say Rail and Bikes when the rail trail received funding. There rhetoric has always been all about “a few elite cyclists” wanting a rail trail, which does not show an understanding of how well a rail trail could be used by walkers, joggers, mums with prams and social cyclist who want a safe place to exercise. Their intent is to purely to disrupt and prevent a world class rail trail on this community land, which in the meantime will erode and degrade even more to the point that the Government would rightly decide to get rid of it and the maintenance costs it incurs now. Wake up people. No government is interested in providing funding or support for a train on this line anymore. Let’s use it or lose it for the community in general.

  10. I am not sure why the train group are so intent on keeping the old infrastructure? Surely you would want it upgraded for your train? The rail trail will keep the corridor, so your train can come back in the future and the corridor will still be there – weeded, clear and pristine. Otherwise it will be lost to nature or sold off if it’s not put to good use now!

  11. Irrespective of whether a train or cycleway, Byron Council has created an aprox 2 metre high barrier in the rail corridor by the Byron Bypass which now bisects the corridor. The former mayors talk of trains to Bangalow, or indeed a rail trail, now needs a multimillion dollar construction to just get it to the same level for a bypass train/rail trail crossing (which would be constructed in the area that Council dumped the 140 critical endangerd snails). The train is needed as a public service. Billions are being spent on trains elsewhere in this state and Qld which still need a subsidy for every ticket sold. The priority should be a train for everyone and a cycle way beside it for the few people that would cycle. Its not an and/or.

    • The NSW government is investing in railways in areas such as Lake Macquarie near Newcastle which is the fastest growing region in the state (not the Northern Rivers as is frequently falsely claimed by railway misinformants). It is a wise strategic investment because more than eighty percent of the population of NSW lives in the Sydney basin (Newcastle-Sydney-Woolongong). The trains in that region carry more than a million passenger per day, efficiently transporting people between their homes and workplaces at high speeds. Without trains, the region’s road traffic would be gridlocked. Trains really are an essential service there.

      The Casino-Murwillumbah would barely service one percent of the state’s population if people chose to use it. It connects a handful of small towns to Lismore along a serpentine corridor that could only ever support steam age speeds. Lismore is ranked 49 among Australia’s largest fifty cities and is at the bottom of the table for population growth. Ballina will soon surpass Lismore’s population if it hasn’t already.

      The line terminates in Murwillumbah, a town with a population of about 10,000 which has very little room to expand. The vast majority of Murwillumbah’s workforce commute to the Gold Coast. so a railway to the south would be virtually useless. Any future railway from the north would not come via Murwillumbah but instead follow a much short route close to the M1 reaching Yelgun in little more than the distance to Murwillumbah.

      The population growth in this region is happening along the coast, not beside a rail corridor designed for the needs of the late nineteenth century when its was a competitor for a horse and cart or bullock drays. No intelligent investor, public or private is going to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in an anachronism.

      Any intelligent analysis tells us that trains will never return to the corridor between Murwillumbah and Crabbes Creek. Let’s just get on with building the very best rail trail in Australia and provide some hope to the economy of this pretty little Art Deco town with so much to offer visitors if only we could get them to come.

  12. These people have nothing to offer the community and certainly not any rail service. It is nothing but an attempt to block the public being able to access the unused former rail corridor land for recreation and active transport along a rail trail . The engineers who have examined the corridor advise it is not feasible to build the rail trail beside the length of the corridor from Crabbes Creek to Murwillumbah. And what suggestion do they offer families, older people, and others looking for a quiet healthy exercise through our beautiful rural region: go and ride on the M1!
    Unless you really want the former rail corridor to return to being an overgrown eyesore, have nothing to do with this so called railway company.

  13. There is in reality no chance the rail will come back in the foreseeable future. The train supporters say they support a trail next to the train line, but this is really nonsense. They just want the train. There are no costed plans from them, to build the a trail. How much would this idea cost? How many millions of tons of quarry materials be required to build a track? How many new bridges? What is the cost to have a trail next to a crumbling railway line? Who and how will this all be paid for and maintained? There is no plan, just a simplistic idea. The NRRT plan to repair a lot of the old bridges as well as use the old track for the wider community. Unfortunately the Greens support the trail next to the track idea. This could be one of their biggest political mistakes.

  14. In all this discussion no one has mentioned the loss of a very socially/environmentally compatible rail tourism developments. There is a profitable tourism dining rail experience in Victoria based on a region with less tourists than ours which has been regularly booked out, and another “Puffing Billy” 20 km run tourist train that generates $500,000 income per anum. We are cutting off very community compatible rail tourism, and regional tourist travel (helping to financially support residents use) with the loss of trains

    • I expect John is referring to the Bellarine Railway located between Queenscliff and Drysdale located on the Bellarine Penninsula on the western side of Port Phillip Bay. It is about ten kilometres from Geelong which has a population of about 250,000 and one hundred kilometres from the centre of Melbourne, with a population of five million.

      Queenscliff is a terminus for the Sorrento-Queenscliff ferries which cross the mouth of Port Phillip Bay. The ferries hold eighty cars and 700 passengers, operating hourly services, 24 hours day, 365 days a year carrying hundreds of thousands of vehicles and passengers which access the port right by the Queenscliff railway station. Approximately six million tourists visit the peninsula each year.

      The railway is fairly typical of heritage tourist railways with a sixteen kilometre track. The peninsula is pancake flat so there are no substantial bridges on the line. The railway is accompanied by a small section of the Bellarine Rail Trail which also extends across the closed sections of the corridor that are not used by the railway. The tracks were in good condition prior to the closure and preparations for the heritage railway began before public services were suspended, ensuring the infrastructure was preserved. All the steam powered rolling stock was donated in working condition by a Geelong cement works that closed around the same time. It is an excellent example of the preservation of a heritage railway. They turned a profit of about $40,000 from an income of about $580,000 in 2018 a rare achievement among tourist railways. Like all tourist railways they are heavily dependent on volunteer labour which is fortunately readily available from the large nearby populations.

      The Casino-Murwillubah railway is 130 km long. Trains stopped running nearly seventeen years ago with much of the track buried in thick vegetation for more than a decade. Substantial trees have grown up through the track in many places. The wooden trestle bridges are on the verge of collapse and there have been no attempts to preserve anything. Prior to the cessation of services, the sections between Murwillumbah and Crabbes Creek and through Hayters Hill (on the slopes between Byron Bay and Bangalow) were slated by NSW Rail for “major repair or replacement”. These sections are both located in very difficult terrain and would definitely not be ideal for preservation as a heritage railway.

      Rail advocates frequently speak of compromise. A true compromise would be to select a section of around twenty kilometres (typical of other heritage railways) for consideration as a heritage facility from the 130 km available and welcome the rest of the corridor to be used as a trail, (as they have done on the Bellarine Peninsula). Obviously, since the tourists are centred on Byron Bay, it would make far more sense for the heritage rail project to be focused on the line between Byron and Mullumbimby, a distance of eighteen kilometres across a far less challenging terrain than Murwillumbah to Crabbes Creek, which isn’t actually on the corridor and hence has no station either. No insult intended for the people of Crabbes Creek but it isn’t hard to appreciate that Mullumbimbiy is a far more attractive destination with a lovely preserved station . It should come as no surprise that Byron Council’s rail project is focused on this section of track. The first three kilometres has already been reconstructed and has a train running on it.

      By instead insisting on hoarding of the entire 130 km for their extravagant heritage project, Northern Rivers Rail Limited is jeopardising the small chance they have to achieve anything at all. Similarly, Byron Council faces the same challenge with their ambitious plan to run trains all the way from Billinudgel to Bangalow including across the unstable terrain of Hayters Hill. Their plan to salvage the track for Very Light Rail (eg Toyota Coasters with steel wheels) cannot support the Byron Solar train. Consider what would be more appealing to tourists, a grand old restored rail motor fitted with a clean sustainable drive system running on a smooth track rolling into the Mullumbimby station of a bus running on wonky tracks with one in twenty sleepers replaced?

      I strongly urge all rail advocates to focus their attention and resources on something achievable by helping Byron with the Mullumbimby railway and let Tweed get on with the rail trail. Otherwise they will end up with nothing.

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