Why can’t the rails stay in place?

The formation that supports the sleepers and rails is an excellent base for a trail and reduces the cost of construction. Engineering advice says that building the trail with the rails in place would cause major maintenance and safety issues.

Where the old railway line goes through tunnels or cuttings there is insufficient room to construct the trail beside the tracks. Where the old line is on a high embankment, there would be significant increased cost in building the trail beside it.

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