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Midland Railway, Baldwin City

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The Midland Railway is a heritage railroad operating 12 miles of line in Franklin and Douglas counties, Kansas between Ottawa, Kansas and Baldwin City, Kansas.

It was chartered in 1982 to find an abandoned railroad line to operate. Midland purchased the line from Baldwin City to Ottawa, Kansas from the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway in 1987, and began running excursion trains on part of the line later that year. Total length of the line is 11 miles (17.7 km).

Midland operates a demonstration historic railroad, and its mission is to "educate the public about the role railroading played, and continues to play, in the commercial, social, and cultural life of America's Heartland." Midland's base of operations is the depot built in 1906 by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway at 1515 High Street in Baldwin City. This building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. Midland has received two matching federal grants to rebuild track. Private grants have and are being used to rebuild railroad equipment. Starting in 2004, excursion trains are run all the way from Baldwin City to Ottawa.

The regular operating season runs from Memorial Day (last Monday of May) to October 31 (Halloween). Special events and fairs are held at various times through the year. Weekend Boy Scout camps are held in the spring and fall. Midland's Scout program is one of the few in the country to offer the Railroading merit badge.

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  • Historic hotel, yes. Where to start? Elevator was excellent & brought us to & from our claustrophobic, 3rd floor king room easily & efficiently. Our non-smoking hotel room had cigarette butts in the.....  more »
  • Such a delightful event for children of all ages This was the first year I managed to get tickets and hope I’m lucky again in the future as each year there will be more grandkids old enough to go!  more »
  • We had such an amazing time at the Day out with Thomas here. My son was absolutely thrilled. I can't wait to go back again and my son keeps asking if we can see Thomas and Percy again. There were so many fun things to do and plenty of food to eat. I would definitely recommend.
  • We had a great time! Well done! Initially I was concerned because our tickets were not together (we were a group of four adults and two children), but we were able to trade seats with another family in the same dilemma! Go, have fun!
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