White Pass Railroad to delay scheduled service to Carcross

Posted: Wednesday, March 21, 2001

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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