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Archive for Friday, June 3, 2011

All aboard for kid-friendly train ride

June 3, 2011

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Thomas the Tank Engine will visit Baldwin City over the next two weekends at the Midland Railway Depot.

“This is our 10th year we’ve had Thomas,” event co-chair Linda Ballinger said. “That is a nice milestone. We have new kids every year who haven’t seen him before and they love to see him.”

Rides will be available today, Saturday and Sunday and June 10-12.

The visiting Thomas the Tank Engine is a life-sized replica of the PBS character. Children and families can ride on the Midland Railway passenger car. The 25-minute ride costs $18 for anyone age 2 and older. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ticketweb.com or at the Midland Depot on the day of the event.

The first train departs at 9:45 a.m. and the last one at 3:45 p.m. each day. The train departs every 45 minutes. Visitors are encouraged to arrive an hour before their train departs.

The Midland Depot is on the west side of Baldwin City, near the grain elevator and Baldwin City Municipal Golf Course. There is parking around the depot, but visitors are encouraged to park at the two elementary schools off U.S. Highway 56 and Lawrence Street. Free shuttle service will be provided to those parking at the elementary schools, which are near the ball field complex west of town.

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