Labor Day Weekend Railfest and Railroadiana
The weekend will celebrate the 60th anniversaries of Midland's 1951 ALCO RS-3 locomotives - M-K-T #142 and NYC #8255. The 80th anniversary of the former Kansas City Southern Railroad Post Office car #30 will also be celebrated. 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 free with train ride ticket. 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 will be 11-mile, round trips to Norwood, an abandoned townsite in Franklin County, behind M-K-T #142. The 3 p.m. excursion will feature both RS-3s #142 and 8255 for a trip from Baldwin City to Ottawa Jct., approximately 21 miles, 2 hours plus run-by photo opportunities offered each way. Also open during the Railfest will be the ex-Kansas City Southern Railroad Post Office Car #30. Retired RPO clerks will be aboard to explain the operation of the railroad post office car. Locomotive cab rides in the locomotive #8255, and rides on a motorized "putt-putt" maintenance-of-way handcar will also be offered.