April 21, 2014
Midland Railway volunteer Mike Beem, left, explains a point about the excursion line to Lex Price, who traveled Saturday from Emporia with family to ride on Easter egg train.
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Mike Beem struck up a conversation with a stranger Saturday as they stood on the Santa Fe Depot’s north platform waiting for a Midland Railway train to pull into the station. Words came easy to the two men as they talked trains and railroad. The stranger told Beem, a volunteer with the Midland Railway, he was retired from the Union Pacific Railroad and used to make regular runs through Kansas City west to Marysville.