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Archive for Sunday, September 14, 2003

Vintage trains run on Baldwin tracks

September 14, 2003

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— Vintage trains once again rolled along the tracks, providing a public service to Baldwin.

But Saturday, that service was entertainment.

Scott Rush, his wife, Val, and their 3-year-old daughter, Sarah, waited in the Midland Railway depot for their chance to ride a passenger train.

"She's really intrigued by trains," Scott Rush said, nodding toward his daughter. "She loves trains, and so do we."

The Rushes, of Prairie Village, were among about two dozen people who didn't let a steady rain keep them from attending Midland's Railfans Weekend.

The event allowed visitors to see old train cars from several railroad companies, including a post office car. Several former railway postal clerks were present to ride in the car and explain to the visitors how they did their jobs as trains picked up and delivered mail at various cities.

"We miss it very much," Herb Crawford, 80, of Ottawa, said of his old job with the Santa Fe Railroad.

G.W. Corben, 65, cherishes his memories of working in a post office car.

"We used to do a lot of cussing and you were very busy, but there was nothing like it," Corben, of Olathe, said.

Post office cars went out of service in the late 1960s, said Ernie Griffin, general manager of the Midland Railway.

"It took three days to get a letter delivered across the country," Griffin said. "Today, although it may be cheaper, with all the technology, it still takes three days."

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