DIESEL POWER: The railway line to Byron Bay first opened in 1894 the same year the town's name was changed from Cavanbah to Byron Bay. The last train rolled out of Byron heading south on May 16 2004 much to the fury of locals.  Photo: Ken Fagan Photo Contributed
DIESEL POWER: The railway line to Byron Bay first opened in 1894 the same year the town's name was changed from Cavanbah to Byron Bay. The last train rolled out of Byron heading south on May 16 2004 much to the fury of locals. Photo: Ken Fagan Photo Contributed Contributed

LETTER: Dig deep to restore rail corridor

THE rail corridor which runs from Sydney to Brisbane is getting near capacity when it comes to freight.

Although passing corridors are in place, freight trains put pressure on the finite resource this rail corridor provides.

A railway which was closed down in 1988 runs through inland NSW passing through the New England area north to Queensland.

The bean counters say that this already paid for rail corridor is too winding and too steep for modern freight trains.

It would be good idea to have full freight trains going north on the coast rail corridor and empty freight trains running south on the once Great Northern Railway.

The incline wouldn't be an issue for an empty freight train going down hill and you could send more freight up the coastal rail link without trains having to wait for each other.

The inland rail corridor is already paid for, it just needs a visionary politician to dig deep.

Tony Leggo,

Bonalbo



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