From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Aug. 9, 1987:
The Baldwin-Midland Tourist Railroad had pulled away from the Baldwin depot shortly before noon for its inaugural ride yesterday, carrying a special group of honored guests that included Gov. Hayden; local, county, and state officials; and several members of the news media -- 127 passengers in all. Nearly 300 spectators and the Baker University band had gathered at the depot during the morning, and townspeople lined the tracks and waved as the new tourist train rolled by on its way to the fictitious southern terminal named "Nowhere." The eight-mile round trip took nearly an hour, and returning passengers were smiling as they stepped off the train. Ben Stott, who served as conductor on the first ride, said that his father and grandfather had been conductors on the Baldwin railroad line as well. "This depot was built the same year my father went to work for Santa Fe, 1906. Isn't it marvelous they were able to save it?" Stott remarked.