Midland Railfest is this weekend in Baldwin City
Midland Railway Historical Association will celebrate the 60th anniversaries of its 1951 ALCO RS-3 locomotives — M-K-T No. 142 and NYC No. 8255 — and the 80th anniversary of the former Kansas City Southern Railroad Post Office car No. 30 at this weekend’s Railfest and Railroadiana show.
Three trains each day will depart from the Santa Fe Depot, 1515 W. High St., in Baldwin City. The 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. excursions behind M-K-T No. 142will be 11-mile round trips to Norwood, the abandoned townsite in Franklin County. The 3 p.m. excursion will feature both RS-3s No. 142 and 8255 for a trip from Baldwin City to Ottawa Junction, approximately 21 miles.
New this year will be a Railroadiana show and exhibit at the depot park. Vendors will be showing and selling railroad artifacts, collectibles, China, signs, signals and other items from former famous rail lines. A $5 admission will be charged; or admission will be free with train ride ticket.
Also open during the Railfest will be the ex-Kansas City Southern Railroad Post Office Car No. 30. Retired RPO clerks will be aboard to explain the operation of the car. Locomotive cab rides in the locomotive No. 8255, and rides on a motorized "putt-putt" maintenance-of-way handcar will also be offered.
For more information, call Midland (913) 721-1211 or online at HYPERLINK "http://www.midland-ry.org/"www.midland-ry.org.