I caught this in one of the news feeds today. It seems like a sad era where we seem to value speed and the almighty automobile over the clean reliability and communal qualities of rail travel.
Snippet from CBC News:
"Communities in the Ottawa Valley are facing the loss of a rail line that has connected them for more than 100 years.
The Ottawa Valley Railway, which runs around 400 kilometres from Sudbury to Smiths Falls, is currently out of use and is set to be dismantled by its owner, Canadian Pacific Rail."
Full story: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/ottawa/story/2010/11/27/ottawa-valley-rail-117.html
As I have mentioned in other posts, I have fond memories of trains. They feature often in my hopeful novel during happy and sad occasions.