COMMUTER TRAIN NOT LIKELY

THE BALTIMORE SUN

WESTMINSTER - Commuters from the city won't be able to hop a train to Baltimore in the future since the existing lines cannot be used for high-speed passenger use, the president of Maryland Midland Railroad told the Train Station Committee at its first meeting.

Although the tracks are good for freight, Paul Denton said, a trip to the Owings Mills metro station would take an hour or longer since speeds on the line reach only 35 or 40 miles an hour.

Committee members then discussed other uses for the proposed train station which would be a replica of the one which stood in town at the turn of the century.

Among the suggestions were a restaurant and a tourist information booth.

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