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16 March 2017
A Steam Locomotive
Could be a Tourist Draw


Cobble Hill Vancouver Island British Columbia - As a long-time retired railroader on Vancouver Island, I am fully in favour of using our E&N Island rail corridor for much better use than its current abandoned state.
 
I appreciate that it may be too expensive to upgrade the tracks for heavy freight trains.
 
But surely there is a tourism option.
 
Wouldn't it be a magnificent magnet to have a steam locomotive whistle stopping at various communities along the route?
 
This could be a fascinating old world experience for tourists and an economic boon for artists and artisans to sell their goods to the travellers.
 
There are a few old steam locomotives on the Island that could be called into service.
 
All it takes is some imagination and we could have another first-class tourism draw for Vancouver Island and especially here in the Cowichan Valley.
 
Gord Dickenson.

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