CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) — The Western Maryland Scenic Railroad is reporting a 22 percent ridership increase last year.
The Cumberland Times-News reported Tuesday that the numbers were included in the railroad’s recent budget request to the Allegany County Commissioners.READ MORE: Now That Students Have Returned To The Classroom, One Question Remains: Are Children Safe?
Superintendent Frank Fowler says the steam-driven tourist train carried more than 38,000 passengers in calendar year 2010.READ MORE: 'I'm All About Ellicott City' Ellicott City Residents & Business Owners React To Number 10 Ranking On Money Magazine's 'Best Places To Live List'
He says the railroad will face an unusual expense of about $400,000 in 2015 to repair or replace the boiler on its 95-year-old Baldwin locomotive.
The 1916 steam engine pulls the train on 32-mile round trips between Cumberland and Frostburg.MORE NEWS: Audit Finds Electronic Tolls Overbilled Maryland Drivers
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