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An initial report costed the rail trail at million, and had a positive cost-benefit ratio based on the number of tourist dollars predicted.
The trail would have twin benefits - local people could use it for their own exercise and leisure, while thousands of tourists would access it each year, boosting the economy.
On the other end of the line, Lismore and Richmond Valley councils are planning to lodge a funding application under the State Government's 0 million regional growth tourism and environment fund.
Placards were waved with the words "Rail to stay, Carr and Costa to go" and "Save our train".
"It cost million to run but they took in .5 million every year." Ms Kindred said when the legendary "surf train" to Byron Bay - which left Lismore in the morning and returned in the afternoon - was axed, as well as the so-called "motor rail" service to Sydney which allowed people to put their cars on the train, it was the beginning of the end.
"It went down to only 400 people using every week, and it just got progressively worse and worse," she said.
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Sometimes in a playful harmonious manner, and other times with a driven, highly focused ...JUST before midnight, 13 years ago today, a crowd of about 200 people turned up at Lismore railway station to witness the departure of the last ever train to run on the Casino to Murwillumbah line.