To The Daily Sun,
Tearing up the railroad tracks, incapacitating the existing and functioning rail line from Tilton to Lincoln, is an absurd idea on the face of it. Thinking outside the box is appreciated, though. I have witnessed the tourist trains to The Weirs many times and half the cars are always empty. The train must be tremendously expensive to operate. Why not get rid of the locomotive and heavy cars and replace them with a small fleet of modern gas- or diesel-powered replica trolleys celebrating Laconia’s history as a major streetcar manufacturer?
Also, Laconia should get hold of one of Laconia’s real historic streetcars for display, possibly from the South Shore Trolley Museum in Maine, which has many.
Running trolleys instead of locomotives would open a solution to the WOW Trail issues. In New Orleans, famous for its streetcars (trolleys), jogging trails run right up the middle of the tracks. The trolley operator, standing directly at the front of the trolley, clangs the bell when approaching a jogger and the jogger gets out of the way and the trolley, being a trolley and not a locomotive, can easily slow down or stop. Maybe the WOW Trail could be paved between the tracks, but that probably is not feasible.
- Written by Edward Engler
- Category: Letters
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