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D. P. Lubic

Maybe "trains have won," but I wish I could be sure; check out the long list of critical comments following this editorial by Yonah Freemark:

http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/26/opinion/freemark-high-speed-trains/index.html

I will say one thing--it might be positive there is that large number of comments. That says this subject has high visibility and interest. That might not have been true a few years ago.

D. P. Lubic

Pfffft!! When are we going to get real trains in this country?

As it is, we still have a damned hard fight for them:

http://www.voicesonthesquare.com/essays/2013/07/14/sunday-train-why-does-congressman-mica-lie-about-amtrak

http://dc.streetsblog.org/2013/07/09/amtrak-foe-mica-meets-his-match-in-john-robert-smith/

We even have supposedly "green" bicycle advocates who want to rip out an existing and operational heritage railroad for a riding trail:

http://www.dailyfreeman.com/articles/2013/06/12/news/doc51b8d5dbbe113062434352.txt

http://www.dailyfreeman.com/articles/2013/06/18/news/doc51c039aba57d7930062383.txt

http://dailyfreeman.com/articles/2013/06/20/news/doc51c25fd3936ac820559395.txt?source=jBar

An editorial of interest:

http://www.railwayage.com/index.php/blogs/doug-bowen/preservationists-rearview-work-or-future-prep.html#.UbYQ3ExD7U0.email

There are three "studies" on the subject of the rail vs. trail concept. Here they are:

Study by the county:

http://www.ulstercountyny.gov/planning/ucpb/sp/cmrt/plannersmemo_cmrt.pdf

Study by an outside consultant, paid for by a rich guy (one of the founders of Facebook) who has recently bought a house in the area:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/148500624/Rail-Trail-Economic-Impact-Study

What the railroad has to say; do check out the appendixes as well:

http://catskillmtrailroad.com/reports/CMRR_Report-RailWithTrail-MP3-11.pdf

More material. Item of note on the Chuck Schumer story--he's standing on rails that saw a train just a few weeks before for the Christmas season.

http://www.dailyfreeman.com/articles/2013/02/19/news/doc512416913bb20077395557.txt

Have fun searching and reading:

http://dailyfreeman.com/shared-content/search/index.php?search=go&l=20&s=recent&r=&d1=12-1-2000&d2=today&q=catskill+mountain+railroad

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