N.J. businessman to start excursion train in Pa. His bid to revive line in Carroll was rejected

June 21, 1996|By Donna Engle | Donna Engle,SUN STAFF

A New Jersey businessman, whose bid to resurrect the EnterTRAINment Line railroad in Union Bridge was rejected last year, will open an excursion train in Pennsylvania tomorrow.

The new Northern Central Railway Inc. will operate from offices in New Freedom, Pa., and will run a dinner and entertainment train -- called the Liberty Limited -- on 20 miles of track between New Freedom and York, Pa.

Meanwhile, Paul C. Denton, president of Maryland Midland Railway Co., said he is negotiating to bring in an excursion train to replace the EnterTRAINment Line, which went out of business in May 1995, owing creditors more than $500,000.

"There is nothing to announce," Denton said yesterday.

Kenneth C. Bitten, whose bid to operate an excursion line was rejected in December by Maryland Midland officials, is president and chief executive officer of the new Northern Central Railway Inc. Maryland Midland owns the tracks once used by EnterTRAINment Line, which operated excursions from Westminster and Union Bridge.

Bitten, president of Classic Rail Cars Inc. in New Jersey, bought five EnterTRAINment Line cars at an auction in November.

"We are going to start a dinner train," he said at the time. "Where is yet to be determined."

Maryland Midland owners didn't consider Bitten's offer as good as one from another prospective excursion operator, Denton said at the time.

The new dinner train will operate on weekends year-round. The line will charge $39.99 for a buffet meal and the excursion.

Pub Date: 6/21/96

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