The transient nature of life, and in particular, transport.
Transient– This week’s photo challenge asks us to share a photo about transient – whether it be drifters, nomads, or even the state of impermanence.
I’ve targeted the state of impermanence with this week’s photo.
You will see in this photo a railway line, overgrown with trees and not used for the past 40+ years or so. I have been involved in a group in our town who have worked hard on a proposal to have this disused railway line transformed into a cycling and walking track – The Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail. I have written in the past about my involvement in this project, my dismay at how long it’s been taking and the quest for a rail trail.
Once upon a time
Once upon a time steam trains travelled this railway but no longer. The land has always been public owned land but has been used and sometimes incorporated into people’s property. It will now be reclaimed and made into a public shared pathway for use by cyclists, walkers, runners, pram pushers. The transient nature of transport has moved on and we are moving with the times.
Good news finally!
Well I can finally write that, as of yesterday, the required legislation was passed in NSW Parliament to officially close the railway line and the project can now be started. The funding was given to the local council a few years ago and this last act of parliament was what was required to move things to the next level. Oh happy days 🙂
This area is a beautiful part of the world and the gentle gradient of the railway line will be perfect for all ages and fitness level to use. It will bring tourists to our town and enable others to share in our fresh, crisp, healthy mountain air. There are lots of reasons why a rail trail makes such good sense but the main one is that we get to protect the history of the line by keeping it alive rather than letting it become an overgrown track that everyone has forgotten or used by local landholders for their own needs to the exclusion of everyone else.
Transient is a state of impermanence and unfortunately nothing in this world stays the same for too long.
I can’t wait!!
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