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Insurance costs derailing scenic trains

CARROLLTON, Ohio (AP) - High insurance rates have forced some Ohio scenic railroads to put the brakes on their tours.

The Elderberry Line in Carrollton, about 40 miles southeast of Akron, shut down its two engines this season.

Its liability insurance went from $13,000 to $20,000 in one year.

McCarthy Rail Insurance in Pennsylvania says rates have doubled in the last couple of years because of the state of investment markets.

The Ohio Central Railroad in Coshocton, about 60 miles southwest of Akron, also is no longer giving passenger rides.

Owner Jerry Jacobson blames the increase in liability-insurance costs and the constant threat of lawsuits.

Ohio Central will carry on with its freight business.

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