SKAGWAY (AP) -- The White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad says it plans to delay indefinitely scheduled service from this historic Gold Rush city to the Yukon community of Carcross.
The railroad blamed a sagging economy, a weak showing in advanced bookings and a change in cruise ship departure times for the decision.
Maintenance required on its steam locomotive also played a part, said Fred McCorriston, White Pass president.
''The White Pass, a publicly held company, has a requirement to its shareholders to deploy its assets in a fiscally responsible manner,'' McCorriston said in a prepared statement.
A great deal of work remains to be done on the narrow-gauge line between Bennett and Carcross, he said. The company decided to delay the operation's scheduled start-up rather than open with service not up to customer standards, McCorriston said.
The railroad, which carried more than 300,000 passengers during last summer's tourist season, believes a market exists for service to Carcross.
Service will resume there as soon as possible, the railroad said.
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