Re: The Aug. 7 KTW series of stories on railways in the city (‘Railway woes in Kamloops: About that train yard’):
There have always been residences next to the CP railyard and what used to be a sawmill/lumber yard operation where Pioneer Park is today.
Back then, people never complained about noise. They knew they lived next to the railyard and the noise that came from it was just part of that fact.
Skip ahead to today and the fact remains the same. People live next to an active railyard, but they now gripe about it.
As for moving the yard, it’s actually not a new idea. It was first floated in the 1960s or 1970s and again when Weyrhauser put the mill up for sale.
There was also the idea of covering the existing yard and building on top, but that never came to fruition due to the extreme complexity of such an endeavour.
Insofar as the City of Regina is concerned, the land acquired from the railway was surplus property and not active in any way. Similarly, the land for Thompson Park Mall was acquired in the same way, as the roundhouse on the site had not been used for some time.
At the end of the day, the railway was there first. If residents don’t like the noise from it, why are they living next to it?