Archive for Thursday, October 18, 2007

Foliage, Terror Tracks to be on board Midland Railway

October 18, 2007

The Midland Railway will offer an expanded schedule of excursion train rides through the area's fall foliage as well as special haunted trains this Maple Leaf Festival. Departures for both will be from Baldwin's historic Santa Fe Depot.

The daytime excursions through the colorful countryside of southern Douglas and northern Franklin counties will depart hourly beginning at 11 a.m. and conclude with the 4 p.m. departure both Saturday and Sunday. The excursions will include round trips from Baldwin to the abandoned townsite of Norwood.

Passengers on the Maple Leaf trains will want to keep their eyes open for the infamous Bart Plasterson Gang. Rumor has it that the infamous train robbers will be in the area this weekend and are likely to try to hold up the Midland excursion trains.

Friday and Saturday evenings, as the sun sinks toward the horizon and the bewitching hours of the Halloween season begin, the train's coaches will take on an eerie air as the ghosts and goblins reclaim the Midland Railway for "Terror Tracks 2007." Members of the Baldwin City Community Theatre will be aboard and trackside for these annual favorite Haunted Halloween Trains to create this unique "haunted house on wheels" experience. Billed as "new and improved," this year will offer new surprises and, as usual, no one knows what is lurking in the darkness for these special trains.

The Terror Tracks 2007 trains will depart at 6:30 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday evenings. The trains will run between the Santa Fe Depot, 1515 W. High St., and the abandoned townsite of Norwood, about two miles the other side of Nowhere.

Tickets for the Maple Leaf fall foliage excursions will be available at the depot ticket window Saturday and Sunday on a first-come, first-served basis. Excursion tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 4 through 12. Children under age 4 ride free with paying adult.

Tickets for the haunted trains will go on sale at 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday evenings. Tickets are $12 for adults or $6 for children. No advanced ticket reservations are available.

For more information on the daytime excursions call the Midland Railway at 1-800-651-0388. For information on the haunted trains, call (785) 594-4770 or visit Midland's website at www.midland-ry.org.

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