PORT CLINTON, Ohio (AP) _ A bandit wearing a handkerchief to conceal his face pulled a Wild West- style train holdup at a railroad crossing, authorities said.

Conrail police and the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department are investigating the robbery of two Conrail crew members aboard a freight train, sheriff's dispatcher Gale Zelms said Sunday.

Conrail spokeswoman Barbara Vasco said a man armed with a shotgun boarded the freight train Saturday while it was stopped at a railroad crossing to check an air leak.

The bandit, who wore a handkerchief tied around his head, robbed two crew members of personal belongings and then ran off, the spokeswomen said.

The 60-car train was en route from Chicago to Newark, N.J. Ms. Vasco said the train was carrying miscellaneous consumer goods. She declined to identify the crew members, citing company policy.