This wonderful video from the folks at Path Less Pedaled demonstrates that the power of rail-trails is universal. The story of how the Central Otago Rail Trail in New Zealand, at first opposed and doubted but now heralded for revitalizing shrinking rural towns, is identical to what we hear from rail-trail communities here in America.
(Except for the funny accents, of course. Nothing at all like us Australians. Anyone who needs help translating, let me know...)
In all seriousness, this great video is a wonderful testament to the economic impact destination trails have on communities suffering the withdrawal of train traffic, primary industries, population and services. Enjoy and share.