Scrap the rails and make trails

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To The Editor:
There are better ideas than railroads for Highmount. Perhaps there are better ways to use what is currently the rail trail enjoyed by hikers between Highmount and Pine Hill than an expensive rebuilding of the tracks with an uncertain return for the community.
It’s difficult to see the extension of the railroad as a big draw for tourism. I just don’t foresee many people driving three hours from New York City to ride the railroad between Highmount and Pine Hill. It’s not going to happen.
Extending its current use would make more sense. People would travel to a biking/hiking/cross country skiing trail between Highmount and Kingston. That would be a real tourist draw. A good portion of the financing might be covered by selling the rails for scrap metal.
Gerald Melnick,
Highmount