by Noel Weaver
I think it would be a huge plus for the line to Beaver River to be repaired at least to a point where they could run at 10 or 15 MPH on it or better yet 30 MPH. I think it would cool any opposition in Beaver River to the existing situation and it would make the railroad far more useful than it presently is. They could build a wooden ramp at Beaver River and maybe Thendara and ferry motor vehicles to and from Beaver River. This was actually done in Florida many years ago when the island of Boca Grande had a branch of the Seaboard with a drawbridge linking it to the mainland but it had no highway bridge connecting it to the mainland. Seaboard ran a daily passenger train as well as freight service there and they also had a ferry operation operated by some sort of a strange vehicle which could ferry one car at a time. For those of you who have no idea what I am referring to, Boca Grand is not too far from Fort Myers and is probably one of the most beautiful places in all of Florida, the old station is still there but the railroad has been abandoned and mostly torn up. Some of the ROW is a bicycle trail.