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First Posted April 30, 1999

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'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 area.

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 astronomical.

Robert S. (Bob) Young, C.E.T.
Vice-Pres. and Bus. Mgr.
South Simcoe Railway Heritage Corporation

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