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By From Staff Reports | April 13, 1994
A plan to expand the Maryland Midland Railway northward through Pennsylvania to York has been scrapped by the small Union Bridge company."There were a whole lot more problems than we anticipated," said Paul D. Denton, Maryland Midland president. "We anticipated some hurdles, but they proved formidable. They were far too great for a company this size to overcome."The plan would have connected Maryland Midland's Taneytown line through Littlestown and Gettysburg to the Conrail line that ends in York, Pa.The new line, built through rail right of ways closed for the past 10 years, would have allowed service to Canada and the northeastern United States, Mr. Denton said.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | April 4, 2011
Harry G. Gesser Jr., a retired Bendix Radio engineering draftsman and a lifelong rail and streetcar fan, died March 16 of kidney and heart failure at St. Agnes Hospital. The former longtime Woodlawn resident was 85. Mr. Gesser was born in Baltimore and raised in West Arlington. After graduating from Forest Park High School in 1943, he began his career working for Bendix on East Joppa Road in Towson. He entered the Navy in 1945 and, after serving for a year, resumed his career as an engineering draftsman.
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By Donna R. Engle and Donna R. Engle,SUN STAFF | January 24, 1996
An excursion train operator who was rejected by Maryland Midland Railway Co. may soon be running a competing train in York County, Pa., before the Union Bridge railroad finds a replacement for the defunct EnterTRAINment Line.PAul D. Denton, Maryland Midland's presidentm, said he is not worried about competition between the dinner excursion service planned in York County by Ken Bitten, president of New Jersey-based Classic Rail Cars Inc., and an excursion line that has begun negotiations to run a similar service using Maryland Midland's tracks and facilities.
BUSINESS
January 6, 2008
Housing gloomy, despite uptick Sales of previously owned homes nudged up in November, but that didn't improve the broader picture of a feeble U.S. housing market racked by record-high foreclosures and harder-to-get credit. Even with the small 0.4 percent increase, the sales pace was still the second-lowest on record. Home prices also dropped 3.3 percent from November 2006. PHH's sale falls apart PHH Corp. announced that a deal to sell itself fell through because of financing problems.
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October 28, 1996
FREE LAND FOR economic development? It's an inducement long used by localities to attract business, create jobs and boost the economy.Now the Maryland Midland Railway is offering that same attraction to distribution or manufacturing firms willing to relocate to Carroll County and to use the rail line for shipping.The short-line railroad, which stretches through the heart of the county from Finksburg to the Frederick County line, proposes to buy land near its tracks for a suitable customer, lease it to the concern for $1 a year over 10 years, and then renegotiate a lease or sell the land at the end of that term.
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March 10, 1997
MARYLAND could get a bonus from the proposed giant rail merger of Conrail with CSX Corp. and Norfolk Southern Corp.: More freight hauled by the short-line Maryland Midland Railway from the vital Hagerstown terminus across Central Maryland to the Port of Baltimore.But the attraction of that potential extra benefit should not divert the state's attention from its main purpose in these disputed, federally supervised $10 billion merger negotiations: assuring two large Class I, long-haul railroads will serve Maryland customers.
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By Laura McCandlish and Laura McCandlish,Sun Reporter | October 23, 2007
Maryland Midland Railway Inc., a 70-mile short-line railroad that primarily serves Lehigh Cement Co. in Carroll County, is being sold for about $29.1 million to Greenwich, Conn.-based Genesee & Wyoming Inc., operator of close to 50 short-line and regional freight railroads worldwide. Situated near the York Railway that Genesee & Wyoming already owns, Maryland Midland could eventually link up with that southeastern Pennsylvania line, executives from Maryland Midland and Lehigh, its biggest shareholder, said yesterday.
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By Suzanne Wooton and Suzanne Wooton,SUN STAFF | February 2, 1997
As CSX and Norfolk Southern battle for Conrail's extensive rail system, a little-known short line in Union Bridge is trying to extract a prize -- two relatively minuscule chunks of tracks -- to fulfill a longtime dream.Maryland Midland Railroad officials have been aggressively lobbying state officials to urge federal regulators to require CSX to sell 42 miles of track and trackage rights to Maryland Midland Railroad as a condition for approval of any rail merger agreement."It's a mouse among the dance of the elephants," said O. James Lighthizer, former Maryland secretary of transportation and a lawyer who now represents the Carroll County-based railroad.
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By Donna R. Engle and Donna R. Engle,SUN STAFF | March 16, 1997
Nearly two years after the EnterTRAINment line folded, there's talk of starting a new excursion train operation in Union Bridge.But while the owners of the short-track Maryland Midland Railway Co. of Union Bridge eye the prospects of a new sideline to their successful freight business, customers and creditors of the failed EnterTRAINment have been left holding the bag.In the court-ordered final division of assets, few got paid and many got stuck.Even the Internal Revenue Service did not collect all it was owed from the Carroll excursion line, which closed in June 1995 after six years of operation.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | November 23, 1995
Hunting along Maryland Midland Railway Inc. tracks is illegal, state Natural Resources Police are warning hunters as the Saturday opening of deer season approaches.In the wake of increasing vandalism of lights and equipment along the tracks that stretch from Emory Grove to Highfield, Maryland Midland officials notified Natural Resources Police that one has written permission to hunt on company property.Police said a hunter can be fined up to $1,000 for a violation.
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By Laura McCandlish and Laura McCandlish,Sun Reporter | October 23, 2007
Maryland Midland Railway Inc., a 70-mile short-line railroad that primarily serves Lehigh Cement Co. in Carroll County, is being sold for about $29.1 million to Greenwich, Conn.-based Genesee & Wyoming Inc., operator of close to 50 short-line and regional freight railroads worldwide. Situated near the York Railway that Genesee & Wyoming already owns, Maryland Midland could eventually link up with that southeastern Pennsylvania line, executives from Maryland Midland and Lehigh, its biggest shareholder, said yesterday.
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By DAVID P. GREISMAN and DAVID P. GREISMAN,SUN REPORTER | July 16, 2006
A lifelong fascination with trains took Paul Denton on an extended journey, from managing traffic at a New Jersey glass plant to running a Carroll County-based rail company. After working for more than four decades in the transportation industry, Denton reached his last stop: retirement. Denton stepped down on June 30 as president and chief executive officer of Maryland Midland Railway Inc. after spending 20 years with the Union Bridge-based company. With his career of 44 years over, Denton said his dreams have been accomplished.
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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | February 19, 2001
When Paul D. Denton joined the Maryland Midland Railway in 1986, two or three trains with five or six cars passed through Westminster each week. Maryland Midland's trains currently cross the Carroll County seat up to four times a day with as many as 40 cars, said Denton, its president and chief operating officer. Covered and open hoppers, bulkhead flatcars, tank cars and classic boxcars haul stone, coal, lumber, paper, fertilizer and cement - raw materials destined for roads, houses and industry not only in Carroll but also throughout Maryland, the United States and beyond.
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August 18, 2000
IF THE county relied on Commissioner Donald I. Dell to negotiate all of its land deals, the public treasury might soon be depleted. His personal negotiations, with the enthusiastic support of Commissioner Robin Bartlett Frazier, acquired a piece of a dairy farm near Union Bridge for more than six times its appraised value. He threw in a bunch of other financial sweeteners for the owners. That's $850,000 for land independently valued at maybe $130,000. Its remote location and lack of public water and sewer don't make it a prime site, even if the land is mostly zoned industrial.
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By Sheridan Lyons and Mary Gail Hare and Sheridan Lyons and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | September 25, 1999
The state will contribute $3.5 million toward a road-and-rail improvement in Union Bridge -- aimed at improving access for businesses while helping residents by reducing heavy truck traffic.Local and private money will cover the balance of the $5.5 million project that will provide a new road to the Lehigh Portland Cement Co. and a new Maryland Midland Railway Co. spur. The spur will mean removing railroad tracks through town, the state Department of Transportation announced yesterday."It's great," said Union Bridge Mayor Perry L. Jones.
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By Anne Haddad and Anne Haddad,SUN STAFF | June 28, 1999
An exhibit of paintings by Norman Rockwell and Andy Warhol, among others, will fill the void between Taneytown's Country Kitchen Restaurant and Skiles Funeral Home for four days beginning Aug. 5.Artrain, a traveling museum that has been taking fine-arts exhibits to rural areas since 1971, will make Taneytown the first stop of its 1999-2002 season.The five rail cars containing works by world-renowned artists will sit at the Maryland Midland railroad crossing at East Baltimore Street.The "Today Show" and People magazine have already called to inquire about doing stories.
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By Brenda J. Buote and Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF | May 15, 1998
To the delight of many Hampstead residents, Maryland Midland Railway Inc. has contributed $500 to the restoration of the town's historic train depot.In a letter April 24, Paul D. Denton, Maryland Midland's president and chief operations officer, promised to contribute more after Maryland Midland completes its purchase of the line that runs through Hampstead. CSX Transportation Inc. owns the line."When our offer to purchase that line becomes reality, we'll double the amount in the attached check, and I'll deliver the second one personally by riding to Hampstead in one of our locomotives," Denton wrote.
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By Amy L. Miller and Amy L. Miller,Sun Staff Writer | July 25, 1995
Another claim by Maryland Midland Railway Co. against the EnterTRAINment Line for back rent must be filed with claims from more than 500 other creditors of the troubled excursion train company in Carroll County Circuit Court, a judge ruled yesterday.District Judge Louis Becker of Howard County, who was temporarily hearing cases in Carroll County, agreed to hold the rent claim until a court-appointed trustee sells off EnterTRAINment's assets and distributes the money to creditors."The court said that if [Maryland Midland]
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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,SUN STAFF | November 24, 1998
When Western Maryland Railway Historical Society signed a contract to buy the Union Bridge train station a few weeks ago, it XTC was a dream come true for the 1,100-member organization."
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