Archive for Wednesday, October 16, 2002

Terror Tracks 2002 to bring chills for train’s brave riders

October 16, 2002

The Maple Leaf Festival could get a little scary at times this year.

Terror Tracks 2002, the annual haunted train ride, will be one of the few evening attractions for Maple Leaf Festival goers this year.

Sponsored by the Baldwin City Community Theatre and Midland Railway, Terror Tracks 2002, while made to be scary, is something that's appropriate for all ages, Martha Wright, co-project manager, said.

"We want this to be something the whole family can enjoy," Wright said. "We don't want it to be like the Kansas City haunted houses. We try not to grab or touch people too much. It's more of a see and hear thing."

She said there will be some changes made to this year's event, so repeat riders will have some new experiences.

The evening haunted train ride will have a medieval theme complete with royalty.

The spook car, that features surprises and thrills as passengers walk through, has been redesigned.

"There are brand new things in the spook car," Wright said. "You're going to see and feel different things."

Concessions will also be available.

She said the event is popular and attracts people from Kansas City, Lawrence, Topeka and Ottawa.

"Almost every train is sold out," she said. "We've had to turn people away before."

Terror Tracks 2002 has departure times from Midland, 1515 W. High St., of 6:30, 8 and 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Oct. 25 and 26. Tickets go on sale at the depot at 5:30 p.m. for rides that night only.

"People need to get there early if they want to make sure they get tickets," Wright said.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for children ages 4 to 12, and free for children 3 and younger. Children 3 and younger must ride on adults' laps.

Wright said she encouraged people to take advantage of the local haunted train.

"It's an evening of fun that includes the entire family," she said.

For more information or to volunteer call 594-7440.

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