- Associated Press - Thursday, March 3, 2016

CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) - The Western Maryland Scenic Railroad is seeking state funding for the first time in 10 years.

The Cumberland Times-News (bit.ly/1QucJ5J) reported Thursday on the $250,000 request.

The money for maintenance and upkeep of the nonprofit railroad is in Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s 2017 budget, but the Department of Legislative Services says it should be removed for lack of statewide implication, a requirement for state support.

Republican Delegate Mike McKay of Allegany County said the railroad is the county’s top tourist attraction.

The railroad received up to $200,000 in state funding annually through 2006, when state officials demanded it become self-sustaining.

Railroad officials said Monday that a landslide has forced them to suspend until at least this summer the train’s 32-mile round-trip runs between Cumberland and Frostburg.

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Information from: Cumberland (Md.) Times-News, http://www.times-news.com/timesnew.html

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