Railway roundhouse memories cherished

I have an emotional connection with the Port Lincoln railway depot and my understanding is the place may soon be sold off by the SA government.

As I said above, my connection is emotional and just on that grounds I would hate to learn the property and history was sold off for no other reason than to receive the sale money into state coffers.

I was there during 1948 with my mother, Phyllis.

Mum worked in the canteen and we apparently lived "on-site" but I have no clue where.

There was a loco driver there by the name of Charlie.

He taught me how to start up and drive ''his'' RX. And that is what I did.

Yes, at age 3, I got into the round house, loaded coal, lit it, built up pressure, moved the turntable into position, took the loco onto it and turned the engine onto the correct line, and set off for Buckleboo.

Sadly Charlie and his mate jumped aboard and said we were not allowed to go there ... oh how I wish your readers would recall me and my mother being there in 1948.

Please make sure the depot is not sold.

GRAEME MCVITTY

Strathalbyn

Sea level rise

Michael Kemp's letter, Port Lincoln Times, Thursday August 28, in response to my earlier letter, is correct when he says the Maldives' government is concerned about rising sea levels.

However they are "concerned" for exactly the same reasons Pacific Island governments are "concerned" which is to get more money.

In fact his quote regarding, "It takes four weeks to build etc" says it all.

They are, in cooperation with China, building new islands as the Chinese are in the South China Sea in order to get more tourists.

Michael is correct with regard to uneven sea levels around the globe but there are numerous effects such as tides, winds currents, barometric pressures etc that have such effects.

However water always returns to its "normal " level when other influences diminish.

Tide gauge details from Sydney, Perth, Honolulu and Mumbai, which have recordings dating back as far as 1880, indicate steady gentle rise in the order of 0.3 to 1.5mm per year average over that time. This is hardly catastrophic.

The Fort Denison gauge in Sydney has indicated an average of .65 mm/year.

Islands in both areas are also subject to movement of the earth's crust particularly the Pacific, however satellite data indicates most have been growing in size.

My point is that there is nothing going on in earth's climate that is of such urgency we should be scaring our children with climate change hysteria.

They have plenty of other more important things to be educated about.

KEVIN WARREN

Port Lincoln

Climate strike concerning

I feel I must comment on the letter from Ms Kathryn Hardwick-Franco.

A strike for climate change is a little concerning and also stating that she must get out young school students involved in this strike to be held on the foreshore lawns on September 20.

It's not the Australian way. Next we will have a Hong Kong issue right here.

It's a bit radical. Also having a go at our farmers is a bit rough as they are known as the most efficient, greenest, cleanest farmers in the world.

I wonder if Ms Hardwick-Franco buys only Australian. I doubt it.

Also I guess Ms Hardwick-Franco walks everywhere to save the environment. I doubt it.

The Australian government gives several billion into this cause so to say they are only making it worse is totally wrong.

It has just recently been proven that the cities now nearly put as much methane gasses and CO2 into the air as the country and it's getting worse.

I support Kevin Warren's letter (Times, August 20) 100 per cent and as a lot of these small atolls or islands have only risen up out of the sea in the last couple of centuries and are only just above sea level, one big king tide could swamp them - it's called nature.

I remember in the late '70s early '80s the experts claimed by early 2020 the sea would have risen by 2 metres. As it is only a couple of months away I guess we better get prepared for a massive king tide soon.

All the so-called high temperatures we have been getting can be compared to the last century and it has all happened before.

There were bad droughts that lasted for a few years in the late 1800s and just before World War I when some of our railway lines totally drifted over.

In the '40s, '60s and '80s we had droughts. It's not new, just listen to the national anthem and it tells you so.

If Ms Hardwick-Franco just turned the page she would find it all there.

STEVE ATKINSON

Boston