The first letter was submitted today, to the Toronto Star, Toronto Sun and Globe and Mail:
Railways and TerrorismI hope they publish it!
Trainspotter, train buff, foamer, railfan. These are but a few of the terms used to describe the colourful mosaic of individuals who like trains. Apart from their shared passion for railways, there is one thing that unites all of them: they are not terrorists.
I can speak for all enthusiasts when I say that I was shocked to hear about the foiled plot to destroy a Toronto-New York passenger train. I was equally disturbed to hear many media outlets around the world latch onto one point from the RCMP’s press conference: the two suspects were suspicious because they “watched trains and railways in the greater Toronto area.”
Railfans watch trains all across Canada and provide extra security by observing their surroundings. Both US and UK railways have recognized this benefit. I believe it is time Canadian railways did the same. Real railfans are an asset, not a threat.