New railway headquarters to have Victorian look

April 28, 1994|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,Sun Staff Writer

Paul D. Denton's new headquarters in Union Bridge will portray the same image he projects for his railway -- a Victorian romance of trains combined with the modern efficiency of a 1990s freight carrier.

Construction on the Maryland Midland Railway's new 4,500-square-foot general office and crew headquarters should begin in June, Mr. Denton, president of the railroad, said at the Carroll County Economic Development Commission meeting yesterday.

"We wanted to have that Victorian exterior, but it will be all modern inside," he said.

"Hopefully, it will have a lot less dust to get off the computers. Old buildings from the 1900s have a lot of that."

The new headquarters will have two floors and a covered porch in the front. It will face the company's tracks beside Route 75, Mr. Denton said. The back will appear to have three floors because of the property's slope.

"It will be on the other side of the street from the existing building," Mr. Denton said, noting that the company's blue maintenance shed will be moved to make room for the new headquarters.

"It's not going to have a platform or a station," he said. "The existing station is going to stay."

Maryland Midland owns 67 miles of track in Carroll, Baltimore, Frederick and Washington counties, and in Franklin County, Pa. The freight train company, which currently connects with the CSX line, serves industrial customers, most of which are in Carroll County.

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