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Prosecutor watches excursion line situation


The Carroll state's attorney is monitoring the finances of the EnterTRAINment Line, the Westminster excursion train line that stopped operating last month.

State's Attorney Jerry F. Barnes said yesterday that while his office is not conducting an investigation, it is "looking into the matter."

Published reports yesterday said that some people who had bought tickets to the EnterTRAINment Line were upset because their checks had been cashed even though the train line had closed.

Mr. Barnes confirmed that was the basis of the complaints his office has received from a local attorney.

Mired in financial problems, the EnterTRAINment Line was forced to halt its excursion trains because of a contract dispute with Maryland Midland Railway.

Maryland Midland owns the tracks and pulled the line's passenger cars.

The railway stopped allowing the use of its tracks and locomotives in late May because of the EnterTRAINment's Line's failure to pay for the services.

Besides its financial problems with Maryland Midland, the EnterTRAINment Line owes about $500,000 in back taxes, interest and penalties to Union Bridge and Westminster. The line offered excursions through Carroll and Frederick counties and into Pennsylvania from both places.

Attempts to reach EnterTRAINment President Donald S. Golec yesterday were unsuccessful. Calls to EnterTRAINment offices were answered by a machine that asked callers to call again "in the morning."

Mr. Barnes said that he would continue to monitor the situation, but emphasized that his office has not begun a formal investigation.

"At this point, we are simply monitoring and receiving information," the prosecutor said.

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