Tourist railway halted?
9:01am Thursday 24th October 2013 in Letters
AS a regular walker of my dog and children along the pathway from Morrisons to the BSC/Brewers Fayre area I often look to the forgotten train line that is "The Barry tourist railway", and think what a waste!
It is a rusted line that is full of debris is extremely overgrown and all in all looks a sorry state, compared with the live rail line that runs alongside it, providing valuable transport links through the town. However, being a resident of the waterfront estate for over five years and using the path three times daily I have only ever witnessed the tourist line used approximately three times (three times in one day may I add). I was beginning to wonder if it had become a forgotten line until three weeks ago when I noticed (and it's really hard not to) that the line now plays homage to no less than 15 carriages of some description, they have no roofs, windows or seats but they are there just looking about as active as the line itself. I have looked on the Barry Tourist Railway website and it appears no trains are running until November 5, and that the last train to run from the railway was at the beginning of September. I hope the ghost train (as locals have dubbed it) is not left on this track until November or any longer, as it really spoils a lovely walkway, and although trees are starting to grow on the shell carriages it's really hard to disguise that fact that it is what it is - an eyesore. Also it is near to a children's park and I imagine it is obviously tempting for children to hop over the fence and onto the train as it seems it's a permanent fixture, being so near to the walkway. If it is going to stay there for a while then obviously our tourist railway is going to be halted?