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Rail Trail Background
Railway engines have always had difficulty climbing hills. The steepest grade of a railway line is never more than 1 in 30. This means no sharp rises and no sharp bends, just sweeping curves and gentle undulations. This is why abandoned railway lines make such superb pathways for walking and riding.
The high embankments and bridges across gullies and rivers can provide breathtaking views. Railway lines are also natural conservation corridors where you can find examples of the original flora and native wildlife. In many instances former railway routes can take you to otherwise inaccessible places. Trails provide a window into the past to a time when railways opened up the country. They are a wonderful way to explore the countryside free of cars!
These unique tracts of land have great community value as linear parks and wildlife corridors. They can easily become walking, horse riding and cycling tracks creating natural recreation areas for future generations to enjoy. This is the philosophy behind the Rail Trails movement worldwide.