Archive for Thursday, August 31, 2006

Railfest to include depot’s 100th year

August 31, 2006

It's that time again -- Midland Railway Railfest 2006. The annual celebration of old trains at the depot will also have a birthday party, marking the 100th year the building has been standing.

"What we do is basically there's one weekend a year that we pay tribute to the rail fans and those that want to be," said Ernie Griffin, general manager of the Midland Railway. "We try to recreate the 1930s and 1940s when the trains were the mode of transporation."

There are activities Saturday, Sunday and Monday. But, the big event will be at 2 p.m. Saturday when the Santa Fe Historical Society will have punch to go along with a birthday cake for the 100-year celebration.

"We're going to celebrate the 100th anniversary," said Griffin. "The Santa Fe Trail Historical Society is going to have a celebration for the 100th anniversary with some refreshments."

There will also be a re-enactment of the ceremony when the Santa Fe Railroad presented the deed to the depot to the mayor of Baldwin.

Music will be provided by the "Singing Conductors" with the Misty River Band. They will be singing and playing railroad tunes.

Of course, the celebration has to include train rides. The Baldwin to Ottawa roundtrips are at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. each day. The shorter roundtrip to Norwood is available at 3:30 p.m.

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