Hobbyists and vendors at the Tampa Model Train Show & Sale bought and sold trinkets and artifacts and just about anything else related to the railroad.Missing from the article was common sense.
Missing from the event was a real train; a passenger train that runs every day in and out of Tampa, stopping at malls, sports arenas and even the fairgrounds where the model train show was taking place.
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So, let me get this straight. The Trib covers a toy train conference (thanks for coming to Tampa!), spends about 3/4 of the article turning it into a referendum on light rail.
Gordon Hartranft traveled from his home in Ohio to attend the annual show in Tampa and was attuned to the rail travails in Florida and Tampa. He said commuter rail here is not a good idea.At least Keith Morelli found someone with some sense at the toy train conference.
“It’s the biggest money losing proposition going,” he said. Cities where commuter rail have emerged in recent years are struggling over the initial and operating costs.
“I try to take the pragmatic view,” he said. “It’s just so expensive.”
This is just the latest effort from the Trib to spin their local coverage towards the impracticality of light rail.
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Light rail and toy trains have a lot in common, besides both being vehicles running on rails: Neither is a practical form of transportation. I'll bet Mr. Rogers would have liked it though.ReplyDelete