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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.

The company declined to say how much the planned expansion would have cost.

Mr. Denton noted earlier this year that 30 of his company's 32 customers are in Carroll County and many of them indicated they would use the proposed northern rail service.

"A lot of these companies have business or want to have business in those areas," he said. "A great deal of paper and newsprint, wallboard and plywood come from eastern Canada, the Northeast and New England."

Maryland Midland -- which owns 67 miles of track in Carroll, Baltimore, Frederick and Washington counties and Franklin County, Pa. -- currently connects with CSX lines, which don't run to the North.

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