Archive for Wednesday, April 18, 2001

Mystery Trains’ ready to roll

April 18, 2001

The Midland Railway and the CLEAR Foundation's second production of "Murder Mystery Trains" will be presented at 7 and 9 p.m. each Friday and Saturday evening, April 20, 21, May 11 and 12. Sunday matinee trains will depart at 2 p.m. April 23 and May 13.

"Be prepared for the ride of your life," said Kathy Davis, coordinator for the Baldwin City theater group that will again stage the murder dramas. The all-new, original mystery has been written by Todd Miller especially for these Midland Railway's mystery excursion trains as they travel through the rural countryside between Baldwin City and the abandoned townsite of Norwood, a 12-mile round trip.

Audience participants will be provided "86" dollars with which to bribe actors for clues as they try to be the first to identify the murderer, uncover how the murder was committed, and what weapon was used. Those coming in 1900's costume Victorian top hat, tails, lace, cameos or a touch of British tweed will receive an extra "86" dollars to use in their sleuthing efforts.

The cast includes Diane Wagner, Jan Cooper, Kathy Davis, Marion Constantinescu, Leon Burley, Lloyd Lam, Shane Goldring and John Jackson.

"Join us for an evening of mystery and fun," said Davis.

The Mystery Trains are copresented by the Baldwin City 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. Foundation, and Ernie Griffin, general manager for the Midland Railway Association, will be in charge of the train operations. The trains will be made up of restored classic railroading equipment from the mid-20th century.

Boarding will be by advanced reservation only. Tickets are $15 per person; Visa and Mastercard are accepted. For more information or ticket reservation call Carol at 785-594-3234. Passengers are urged to come early and eat prior to boarding the train. Brats and other concessions 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 shelterhouse, park and free parking are adjacent to the depot.

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