Need permit to walk line

LETTER

Re: Open to Beach Loop best bet, September 4 letter.

Hey Merv! You made a very careless and irresponsible comment in this letter: “Peter, you could organise carloads of supporters, come over and walk the line from this end to the long tunnel washout.”

Although the line is mothballed, there are still conditions. I made inquiries, unlike you — or you would not have made such a comment.

One of the conditions is a track inspection on a monthly basis. The track inspector has no set day to do his inspection, but nevertheless to invite the public to walk the line at your say-so without authorisation would involve trespassing once inside the rail corridor.

Besides, you would not have a clue as to the feeling for a driver behind the wheel of a high-rail vehicle (HRV) when rounding a curve to be met by people or a person in the middle of the track, inside a tunnel without lighting, or on a bridge that has no walkway. Many sheep and goats have met their fate at these locations from being run over by an HRV.

A suggestion to the public — for your safety, ignore invitations such as this and apply for a permit from the right people if contemplating a casual walk along the railway line. And to Merv, seek advice when submitting such serious correspondence.

DEANE HOLLIS

Re: Open to Beach Loop best bet, September 4 letter.

Hey Merv! You made a very careless and irresponsible comment in this letter: “Peter, you could organise carloads of supporters, come over and walk the line from this end to the long tunnel washout.”

Although the line is mothballed, there are still conditions. I made inquiries, unlike you — or you would not have made such a comment.

One of the conditions is a track inspection on a monthly basis. The track inspector has no set day to do his inspection, but nevertheless to invite the public to walk the line at your say-so without authorisation would involve trespassing once inside the rail corridor.

Besides, you would not have a clue as to the feeling for a driver behind the wheel of a high-rail vehicle (HRV) when rounding a curve to be met by people or a person in the middle of the track, inside a tunnel without lighting, or on a bridge that has no walkway. Many sheep and goats have met their fate at these locations from being run over by an HRV.

A suggestion to the public — for your safety, ignore invitations such as this and apply for a permit from the right people if contemplating a casual walk along the railway line. And to Merv, seek advice when submitting such serious correspondence.

DEANE HOLLIS

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