LETTERS: A safe part of B.C.’s heritage


After reading about some of the comments with regard to the railway in White Rock, I felt that I had to write in.


After reading about some of the comments that have been made with regard to the railway in White Rock, I felt that I had to write in.

I was born in Peace Arch Hospital and grew up in White Rock. I spent my kindergarten years to six years at UBC all living in this community.

My earliest memories of going to the beach include seeing the trains going along the tracks. It never occurred to me to use the tracks as a play area or some other type of recreational area. I was taught by my parents that the tracks and trains were dangerous. I was taught that if you had to cross the tracks, you looked both ways – just like crossing a street – and then you crossed carefully and quickly.

This worked for me for 23 years. In all that time, no one was hurt or killed by using common sense when it came to the tracks.

I now live in Williams Lake which also has train tracks. The Via Rail train is often seen passing through, along with freight trains, many of which stop to be filled with lumber. No one has ever had a problem with the tracks. Parents do the right thing by teaching their children to respect the tracks as they would a highway.

I was appalled when I came back to White Rock to visit my family and discovered that people were insisting the tracks had to be shut down and removed because they were “much too dangerous.” Will this be the case for the highways next?

The tracks have been here for over 100 years and White Rock would not be here today if it weren’t for those tracks, and all of a sudden people think the tracks are the problem.

The tracks are not the problem. If people once again started using common sense and teaching their children basic safety rules, the tracks would no longer pose a threat.

No one thinks about playing on the highway, jogging in the middle of the highway, or using the middle of the highway as a backdrop for taking pictures, so why are they suddenly thinking it is fine to do these things in the middle of the tracks?

I hope some of the newer citizens who have come to White Rock will take time to visit the historic photo gallery that is displayed at the Station House on Marine Drive. From the very beginning of the building of the railroad, all the way up to it becoming a vital part of White Rock, it has been something positive. Don’t try to change it into something negative, simply because you are unable or unwilling to use common sense and basic safety rules when it comes to the railway.

It is a very important part of not just White Rock’s heritage, but B.C.’s heritage, as well.

Sharon Allan, Williams Lake



Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A science class at L.A. Matheson Secondary. March 2021. (Photo: Lauren Collins)
Reports of student attendance ‘dwindling’ at Surrey schools: teachers’ association

STA president said he’s heard from staff that students might not attend in-person for 4th quarter

(Photo: MOSAIC/Facebook)
Organization receives $10K from B.C. government to tackle racism in Surrey, White Rock

Funding to go toward forum for International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

A police officer aims a radar gun at oncoming traffic during a school-zone speed trap traffic blitz outside Peace Arch Elementary in 2017. (File photo)
White Rock council heeds residents’ plea for better speed signage

Roper Avenue concerns note proximity of two elementary schools

Rainbow trouts thrashing with life as they’re about to be transferred to the largest lake of their lives, even though it’s pretty small. These rainbows have a blue tinge because they matched the blue of their hatchery pen, but soon they’ll take on the green-browns of their new home at Lookout Lake. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
VIDEO: B.C. lake stocked with hatchery trout to delight of a seniors fishing club

The Cherish Trout Scouts made plans to come back fishing soon

Pall Bearers carrying the coffin of the Duke of Edinburgh, followed by the Prince of Wales, left and Princess Anne, right, into St George’s Chapel for his funeral, at Windsor Castle, in Windsor, England, Saturday April 17, 2021. (Danny Lawson/Pool via AP)
Trudeau announces $200K donation to Duke of Edinburgh award as Prince Philip laid to rest

A tribute to the late prince’s ‘remarkable life and his selfless service,’ the Prime Minister said Saturday

B.C. homeowners are being urged to take steps to prepare for the possibility of a flood by moving equipment and other assets to higher ground. (J.R. Rardon)
‘Entire province faces risk’: B.C. citizens urged to prepare for above-average spring flooding

Larger-than-normal melting snowpack poses a threat to the province as warmer weather touches down

Vancouver-based Doubleview Gold Corp. is developing claims in an area north of Telegraph Creek that occupies an important place in Tahltan oral histories, said Chad Norman Day, president of the Tahltan Central Government. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO)
B.C. Indigenous nation opposes mineral exploration in culturally sensitive area

There’s “no way” the Tahltan would ever support a mine there, says Chad Norman Day, president of its central government

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Stz’uminus Elder George Harris, Ladysmith Mayor Aaron Stone, and Stz’uminus Chief Roxanne Harris opened the ceremony. (Cole Schisler photo)
Symbolic red dresses rehung along B.C. highway after vandals tore them down

Leaders from Stz’uminus First Nation and the Town of Ladysmith hung new dresses on Sat. April 17

A Western toadlet crosses the centre line of Elk View Road in Chilliwack on Aug. 26, 2010. A tunnel underneath the road has since been installed to help them migrate cross the road. Saturday, April 24 is Save the Frogs Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Progress File)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of April 18 to 24

Save the Frogs Day, Love Your Thighs Day and Scream Day are all coming up this week

Local carpenter Tyler Bohn embarked on a quest to create the East Sooke Treehouse, after seeing people build similar structures on a Discovery Channel show. (East Sooke Treehouse Facebook photo)
PHOTOS: B.C. carpenter builds fort inspired by TV’s ‘Treehouse Masters’

The whimsical structure features a wooden walking path, a loft, kitchen – and is now listed on Airbnb

The Attorney General’s Ministry says certain disputes may now be resolved through either a tribunal or the court system, pending its appeal of a B.C. Supreme Court decision that reduced the tribunal’s jurisdiction. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Court of Appeal grants partial stay in ruling on B.C. auto injuries

B.C. trial lawyers challenged legislation brought in to cap minor injury awards and move smaller court disputes to the Civil Resolution Tribunal

Most Read