Area residents can travel through scenic eastern Kansas countryside during Labor Day weekend.
The Midland Railway of Baldwin will offer train rides Sept. 1-3, departing from the Santa Fe Railway Depot at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. each day.
The excursions will travel over tracks originally laid in 1867 and paralleling William C. Quantrill's escape route following his 1863 raid on Lawrence. The ride also will take people through southern Douglas and northern Franklin counties from Baldwin to the turn-of-the-century town of Norwood.
In addition, Midland's restored diesels will be showcased as power on these excursions, and three of the historic engines are celebrating landmark anniversaries. For example, the 1951 ex-Missouri-Kansas-Texas (Katy) and the 1951 New York Central Alco are both celebrating 50 years.
Tickets will be available at the depot, 1515 W. High St., before each excursion's departure. The cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 4-12 and free for children under age 4. For more information, call the Midland at 1 (800) 651-0388 or visit www.midland-ry.org.