Theater, railway team up for murder mystery
Murder will be unleashed at the Midland Railway during special "Murder on the Midland" evening excursions Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 8, 9 and 10. The hilarious audience participation who-done-it will be offered at 6 and 8:30 each evening beginning at Baldwin's historic Santa Fe Depot and aboard the Norwood Express Mystery Train.
Passengers will compete to become the first to solve the murder by gathering evidence and buying clues from "paid informants." Each passenger will receive "cash" with which to purchase those clues. Those coming in period costume indicative of the 1920s and 1930s gangster era will receive additional bonus dollars.
"The original production is set in 1928 Baldwin City and includes many surprises and much levity," said Kathy Davis, production coordinator for the original murder mystery written by Todd Miller. The cast will include Mike Boring, Jan Cooper, Shane Goldring, Ed Lammers, Star Novak and Pat Pouliot. "Join us for an evening of mystery and fun!"
The Mystery Trains, a new special event for Baldwin's historical excursion railroad, will be copresented by the Baldwin City Theater, the C.L.E.A.R. Foundation and the Midland Railway Historical Association. Davis will be coordinating the creative production for the C.L.E.A.R. Fondation and Ernie Griffin, general manager for the Midland Railway Association, will be in charge of the train operations.
Passengers are urged to come early and eat prior to boarding the train. Grandma Uetz's Barbecue will be on sale at the depot prior to each performance. The depot is eight blocks west of downtown Baldwin at 1515 W. High, at the base of Baldwin Feed Company's concrete grain storage silo tower. A covered shelter house and park are adjacent to the depot.
Boarding will be by advanced reservation only. Tickets are $12 per person. More information or ticket reservations are available by calling Carol at 785-594-3234 or in Lawrence at the video counter at the 23rd and Kasold HyVee Supermarket.
The Midland Railway Historical Association is a not-for-profit, all-volunteer operating demonstrating historical railroad devoted to the collection, preservation, renovation and operation of classic railroading locomotives and equipment typical of the mid-western railroads in the post-World War II era. Excursions are available weekends at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday and 10:30 a.m. each Thursday between Memorial Day Weekend each May and the season's finale, the Haunted Halloween Trains, concluding on October 31.