Archive for Wednesday, September 19, 2001

Midland Railway sponsors Railfans Weekend events

September 19, 2001

This weekend has been set aside for railroad and train enthusiasts.

Saturday and Sunday marks the Midland Railway's traditional Railfans Weekend.

"This is an event, a program, that we sponsor once a year," said Midland promotions director Bob Hruska. "We offer a bunch of special events that normally aren't available to the public."

Hruska said Railfans Weekend features a number of trains dating back at least 50 years.

"This is something that is quite historic," he said. "It's aimed at both modelers and historians."

Visitors will be allowed the opportunity to take part in a variety of train rides, he said, including an all caboose train and a passenger train.

The Kansas City Southern Railway Post Office, which is celebrating it's 70th anniversary, will also be in operation.

There is also an opportunity to ride in the cab with the engineer, Hruska said.

"A lot of people like to see how the engine of a train works, he said.

Train rides begin at 10 a.m. and end with the grand finale at 3 p.m. both days.

Cameras will be something visitors want to make sure they bring, Hruska said.

"We'll allow people to get out and take pictures of the trains as they do runbys," he said. "There are going to be a lot of photo opportunities."

Besides taking train rides, visitors will also learn how a railroad operates and learn some history behind the railroad, Hruska said.

"There is a whole series of activities that are railroad related," he said.

Train fares are $8 for adults, $4 for children and $20 for an all-day pass.

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