Madhunt Publishing Company
Tecumseth Free Press Online
To email: Tony Veltri .
New Tecumseth Free Press Online welcomes and reads letters to the editor reflecting the diverse views of all readers.
Letters on timely subjects of broad interest will be published. Letters may be edited for clarity, accuracy and brevity.
We do not publish poetry, third-party or anonymous letters, or those signed with a pseudonym. We will however post letters without a name if warranted.
For verification purposes, your address and daytime telephone number are required, although we do not publish them.
We do not include the writer's email address,
unless requested to do so.
'From my perspective the cost would be astronomical'to the editor,
Posted March 18, 2014
Robert Kirkpatrick is completely ignorant of what he is
talking about in his letter to the editor when he refers to South
Simcoe Railway Heritage Corporation as a special interest group.
South Simcoe Railway Heritage Corporation is a not for profit
operation brought into being by an Act of the Province of Ontario. The
Corporation pays a substantial amount of property taxes.
South Simcoe Railway was the first steam heritage railway in
the Province. South Simcoe Railway has brought well over 600,000
tourists to New Tecumseth. At an average ticket price of $10, this
represents over six million dollars that the Railway has brought into
the community, not to mention the other money that these people had in
their pockets to spend.
South Simcoe Railway has an exemplary reputation over its more
than 20 years of good management. Funds which the Railway has received
from the community does not come close to covering what the Railway has
brought into the community.
It is ill informed attitudes such as Mr. Kirkpatrick's that
give the Rails to Trails movement a bad name. The Railway has indicated
its willingness to discuss how the Trial might traverse its property,
however the Trails movement must realize that it cannot use the track
The Trails movement must also realize that the Railway is
regulated by Transport Canada, just as are CP and CNR. Therefore any
use of the area along the side of the Railway's right of way must meet
stringent safety regulations. From my perspective the cost would be
Robert S. (Bob) Young, C.E.T.