"I think at the end of the day this is really a strong testament to what can, at least occasionally, be achieved by strong local level, grassroots campaigning."
Recently the federal government surprised everyone with a decision to secure tracks in northern New Brunswick for another 15 years, thereby saving rail access for many towns in the province.
Tim Hayman is a rail enthusiast and frequent rail traveller who writes on Via Rail news and issues for Canadian Railway Observations. I called him up to talk rail.
Tim gives a great overview of recent Canadian rail history and shares his thoughts on the management and future of rail lines in Canada.
"Unfortunately there's a lot of decisions that may have been made differently if people were actually thinking 10 or 20 years down the line instead of thinking just, well, we're not using it right today."
Produced by Erica Butler for habitatradio.ca
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