I made this visit because it was not clear the railroad would survive.  The Commission's contract operator had run the railroad into the ground in a dispute over who would fund repairs to track and locomotives.  It was an odd situation.  The operator had invested heavily into marketing instead of repairs, and ridership was at all time highs.   Presumably the operator was gambling that with high ridership the Commission would find a way to fund needed repairs.  But the Commission did have the money, so the railroad was going downhill quickly.  The operator's contract would soon be terminated and it was not clear what would happen after that.