Archive for Tuesday, October 14, 2003

Terror Tracks to bring thrills in railway cars

October 14, 2003

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

Terror Tracks 2003, the annual haunted train ride, will be one of the few evening attractions for festival goers this year.

Beginning this weekend and continuing next weekend and Halloween night Terror Tracks 2003 "Murder and Mayhem on the Midland" will run three times a night.

Sponsored by the Baldwin City Community Theatre and Midland Railway, Terror Tracks, while meant to be scary, is something that's appropriate for all ages, Lynn George, spokesperson for BCCT, said.

"Everybody can have a good time," she said.

The first ride of each evening begins at 6:30 p.m. George said the less scarier rides, the ones more suited for younger children, are the early times.

"Everybody has a different threshold of scariness," she said. "The 6:30 ride is not as scary, but it can get a bit silly and wild at 9:30."

George said the haunted train ride has proved a favorite haunted attraction with many people in the past, usually selling out each night.

"It is a really popular thing," she said. "This is such a novelty to have such a thing on a train setting."

She said people come from surrounding towns like Lawrence, Olathe and Ottawa and even as far as Missouri to ride the train.

"I'm amazed by the people that come from a number of towns in Missouri for this," she said.

Which is why those wanting tickets to ride Terror Tracks better not wait until the last minute to purchase them.

Terror Tracks 2003 has departure times from Midland, 1515 W. High St., of 6:30, 8 and 9:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Oct. 24, 25 and 31. Tickets go on sale at the depot at 5:30 p.m. for rides that night only.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children 12 years old and younger. Groups of more than 20 can reserve tickets by calling (913) 829-8224.

George encouraged people to take advantage of the Halloween activity.

"They can be safe and have a good time doing this," she said.

For more information call 594-7440.

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