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KC Area Railways 2017

Posted April 30, 2017 2:22pm by Jane

May 10 is National Train Day, and there’s no better place to celebrate than in Kansas City!

To look at, learn about, or create your own trains, pay a visit to…

For a quick train ride, check out…

  • The Agricultural Hall of Fame in Bonner Springs has a mini train that takes you around for a quick tour of the grounds.
  • The Kansas City Zoo for a ride on the miniature train, where you will get the chance to view some animals along the way!
  • Worlds of Fun, for a ride on their railroad, which is a fully functioning replica of the great steam engines from the turn of the century.

For a longer train ride, ride on the…

  • Belton Grandview & Kansas City Railroad: Runs south from Belton on a 5 mile, 45 minute round trip. It is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving rail travel and railroading that offers a variety of rides (ice cream social, regular rides, pumpkin patch and Santa rides). Typically, it runs weekends May-September, but no info is listed just yet. Check back for their schedule.
  • Kansas City Northern Railroad/Line Creek Route: This miniature train is about as cute as it gets, and the volunteer train engineers love talking to the kids about trains. Running weekends and holidays May-September, weather permitting, the KC Northern Railroad definitely takes you back to yesteryear…for just 75 cents per ride! We love to bring a picnic lunch and make a day of it.
  • Midland Railway: This vintage train, originally constructed in 1867, takes you on a 20-mile round trip from Baldwin City to Ottawa Junction, KS. It also features the ever-popular Day Out with Thomas, where Thomas the Tank Engine joins his friends for tons of fun train-themed activities and a train ride. This year’s Day Out with Thomas is June 2-4, and June 9-11, 2017.
  • Missouri River Runner Route: This is the real deal, and if you’re up for a weekend vacation, you can hop the Missouri River Runner for a ride to St. Louis. Once you get there, explore downtown St. Louis on its MetroLink rail system to access some of the city’s bigger attractions. No cars needed!

Photo courtesy of LEGOLAND Discovery Center and Midland Railway.

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KC Area Railways 2016

Posted June 04, 2016 7:30am by Jane

It’s time for some fun on the rails with these train rides in KC:

DayOutWithThomas2015Day Out with Thomas & Percy: Thomas the Tank Engine joins his buddy Percy, and Sir Topham Hatt at Midland Railway Station for the Ready, Set, Go Tour! in Baldwin, KS. Kids can take a ride in their favorite tank engine, meet Sir Topham Hatt, and enjoy a variety of activities including an exotic animals adventure, Isle of Sodor storytelling, a magic show, live music, a petting zoo, creativity station, and more! June 3-5, and June 10-12, 2016, with departure times every hour from 9am–5pm. Tickets start at $19 in advance; Midland Railway, 1515 W. High Street, Baldwin City, KS 66006. Click here or call (913) 721-1211 for more information and to purchase tickets. Note: We strongly recommend purchasing tickets ahead of time, tickets are often sold out by the day of event. 

The Midland Railway also offers a number of longer, regular train excursions, including the Kansas Belle Dinner Train and the Maple Leaf Train Robbery ride. Click here for more information.

Belton Grandview & Kansas City Railroad: This is a fun, old-fashioned train riding experience for the whole family! They offer Saturday & Sunday rides in June (Saturdays only in July & August), but we love the Friday night Ice Cream Social, at 7pm every Friday, June – August. I mean, who doesn’t love an ice cream sundae to top off the train ride? The BG&KC runs south from Belton on a 5 mile, 45 minute round trip. It is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving rail travel and railroading. Runs weekends from May through September; $10/person (2&under free); $12/person for the ice cream social ride. Click here for times, dates and to purchase tickets, or call (816)331-0630. Note: Credit/debit payment accepted online for advance purchases, but make sure to bring cash or check to purchase tickets on site.KCNorthernTrain

Kansas City Northern Railroad/Line Creek Route: This miniature train is about as cute as it gets for all ages. Be sure to read up on the history of the trains so you can discuss with one of the knowledgeable and friendly train engineers when you get there! Running weekends and holidays May-September, weather permitting, the KC Northern Railroad definitely takes you back to yesteryear. For 75 cents per passenger/ride, you’ll enjoy a loop around the park, complete with a tunnel to cool you off on a hot day! Trains run Saturdays 10am-6pm, Sundays & holidays, noon-6pm, and depart approximately every 7 minutes. 6060 NW Waukomis Drive, Kansas City, MO 64151; take I-29 North to NW Waukomis Drive. If you’re looking for a good party idea, the Kansas City Northern offers group charter rides on Fridays during open season for only $30.00. They also charter by the hour for $80.00/hour.

The Missouri River Runner Route: Hop the train in Kansas City, MO, Lee’s Summit, or Independence for a memorable family trip to St. Louis. We tried it and loved it! The kids kept busy exploring the train on our ride there, and my husband and I got to relax for a few hours! It’s great for a weekend stay…if you want to explore downtown St. Louis without a car, you can hop on the MetroLink (city rail system) to get to some of the city’s bigger attractions.

But you don’t have to get on a train to enjoy them in Kansas City. A visit to Union Station (be sure to read up on it’s history first) to look around is a great way to spend a morning or afternoon. My kids love visiting there with grandpa, who tells them stories about his family’s travels by train when he was a kid. The KC Museum of Toys and Miniatures has some trains and other miniature forms of transportation on display, and the Overland Park Arboretum has trains big and small in their train garden, which includes a fairly sophisticated miniature train world (trust me, the kids and adults loved it on our last outing there) and a full-size train car for hands-on exploration.

Photo courtesy of Midland Railway and KC Norther Railroad.

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Kansas City area Railways

Posted April 28, 2011 5:37pm by Jane

It seems that everyone likes trains.  Grandparents, travelers, children…you name it.  Luckily, Kansas City offers ample opportunities to take in a train ride. Here’s a rundown of some railway-related activities!

Day Out With Thomas 2011It’s that time of year…when Thomas & Friends/Day Out With Thomas gets ready to roll into Baldwin City, KS.  If you’re not familiar with the program…The Midway Railway in Baldwin City is where it all goes down.  There are six dates for Thomas’s 2011 appearance…June 3,4,5,10, 11 and 12.

“The Leader of the Track Tour 2011″ includes a 25-minute ride with a full-size Thomas the Tank Engine, a meeting with Sir Topham Hatt, Storytelling, Live Music and more.  Tickets are $18 for ages 2+ and advance purchase is strongly recommended.  Thomas is rain or shine!

The Midland Railway operates excursion trains on a line originally constructed in 1867. Train rides feature an over-20-mile round trip from Baldwin City via “Norwood, Kansas” to Ottawa Junction, Kansas, traveling through Eastern Kansas farmland and woods via vintage railway equipment. It is a completely volunteer-staffed, non-profit, common carrier railroad operated to preserve and display transportation history as an educational demonstration railroad.

You can click here for regular Railway Schedule and Fares.  Baldwin City is on U.S. 56 Hwy, 4 miles east of U.S. 59 Hwy; 10 miles north of 1-35 (Ottawa) and 17 miles south of 1-70 (Lawrence). From U.S. 56, turn south onto 8th or 11th Streets, then right (west) onto High Street. Follow the signs to the Midland Railway Depot.

If you take Hwy 71 South, you’ll end up in Belton, MO.  There, you will find the Belton, Grandview & Kansas City Railroad.  The Belton, Grandview and Kansas City Railroad Co. is a short line passenger railroad and demonstration museum just south of the Kansas City Metro Area. The BG&KC offers excursions on their line running south from Belton on a 5 mile, 45 minute round trip. It is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving rail travel and railroading.

If you want to head north, you will find the Kansas City Northern Railroad/Line Creek Route. Take I-29 North to NW Waukomis Drive. The route is open May-September and fare is 50 cents per ride, all ages! Now seriously- when is the last time something cost 50 cents?!?  Trains depart from the depot approximately every 7 minutes.  Again, when do you recall only waiting 7 minutes for something fun?!? The restored Miniature Train Company (MTC) and Allen Hershell G-16 trains operate on ½ mile of track in the park. All trains are powered by V-4 Wisconsin air cooled gasoline engines of 26-28 horse power. These engines were used in hay balers and early Bobcat skid loaders. The tunnel is 110′ long and the face stone for the portals came from the old Paseo High School when it was torn down. Group charter rides can be scheduled for Fridays during open season for only $20.00.  They also charter by the hour–the cost per hour is $75.00.

Don’t forget about Amtrak, too.  The Missouri River Runner Route will take you all the way east to St. Louis, MO.  You can hop the train in downtown Kansas City, MO, Lee’s Summit, MO and Independence, MO.  What a fun, educational way to see Missouri and travel as a family!