The Midland Historic Railroad

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The Midland Historic Railroad The Midland Historic Railroad began operation August 8, 1987 with a restored diesel engine, a 1923 Rock Island commuter coach and a 1950 caboose. It has since been expanded to include additional historic railroad equipment, including a railway post office car, additional locomotives, coaches, wooden caboose, a steam engine, and more.

The Midland Railway operates an authentic re-creation of an American local passenger excursion train on a line originally constructed in 1867 running southward from Baldwin City to Norwood, Kansas. Using early 1900s vintage coaches, the train makes an 11-mile round trip to "Nowhere," traveling through scenic Eastern Kansas rolling farmland and woods and across a 200-foot trestle 24 feet above a meandering stream. The Railway is an intrastate, common-carrier railroad, operating to preserve and display transportation history as an educational demonstration railroad.

The Midland tourist season begins Memorial Day weekend and continues through the end of October.

Address: 1515 West High Street, adjacent to the grain elevator tower eight blocks west of the City Hall
Phone: (913) 721-1211
Our Website:


Normal operations start May 27th (Memorial Day Weekend) and continue through October
28th on the days listed below.

Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays,
(Memorial, Independence and Labor Days)
Last weekend of May through last weekend of October
Trains Operate Rain or Shine
Reservations not necessary


10:30a.m. Thursday Mornings
11:30a.m., 1:30 and 3:30p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays
"Maple Leaf Festival" Specials (3rd weekend of October) Hourly Service 11:00 a.m.
until 5:00 p.m.
Halloween Train at 7, 8 and 9 p.m.


Adults (Age 13 and over).... $8.00
Children (Ages 4-12yrs.)..... $4.00
Children (Under 4yrs.)......... No Charge
Mini Group Discount (regularly scheduled excursion trains): 7 or more adults riding
together....$7.00 ea( 7-4-7)( Not quite a wheel arrangement!)
Regular Group Discount (regularly scheduled excursion trains): Adults $6.00 and
Children $3.00 (fares are for a group of twenty-five people or more.) Reservations
requested to arrange additional equipment if needed.
Charter Rates (including school groups): Group rates apply, $175 minimum up to a
$300 maximum. Please call (800) 651-0388 for reservations.
Caboose Charters: $1.00 off regular Adult and regular Children's fares, plus $20.00
non- refundable reservation fee due seven days prior to trip date.
Daily Equipment Charters: Contact the Marketing Department with your requirements.
(800) 651-0388

The Railway reserves the right to alter schedules, change fares and substitute
equipment, as conditions may warrant without prior notice.


The Midland Railroad welcomes your group with special discounted fares on normal operating
days and offers special charters on any day and time of your choosing during the operating
season. Call (800) 651-0388 for details.

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