Walking across the train station platform, you’re not entirely sure what sort of marvels are within the long, rosy Kansas Belle train cars you are about to enter. However, precisely as the tip of your toes reach that first step aboard, you can feel the sensation of immediately ascending into a time warp.
Managed and owned by Bruce Eveland, The Kansas Belle Dinner Train—one of Baldwin City’s many hidden, historical gems—helps navigate its passengers through a pleasantly nostalgic experience unlike any other train ride experience. It is assumed that a great majority of people today have never rode on a train before, especially one of such antique character. Luckily, the Midland Railway in Baldwin City embraces this little, red locomotive for the uniqueness is brings to the community.
What is exceptionally unique about this train is that not only can passengers take a 22-mile round-trip cruise on the Kansas Belle, but they may even take pleasure in an exceptional 5-course meal and beverages to accompany the journey. And did I mention theatrical performances as well?
This, and so much more is available for your entertainment or leisure. Here are a few more details about the Kansas Belle that may just make you want to “choo-choo-choose” a trip to Baldwin City for your next weekend getaway.
It’s the Little Things
In addition to original 1940s era music streaming throughout the train’s cabins, the aesthetics transform your dining (or riding) experience into your own little personal history lesson. Keep in mind that the Kansas Belle’s train cars were authentically crafted in the 1940s, and have since been renovated and refurbished. If you were every going to ride a train, believe me when I say that this is the purest way to do so.
WWII, Santa, & Murder Mysteries—Oh My!
As mentioned, Kansas Belle presents shows to its passengers each Saturday which could be anywhere from Bob Hope-inspired WWII era entertainment to a suspenseful murder mystery all provided by local actors from Theatre Lawrence.
A Fine & Fancy Five-Courses
Kansas Belle presents a new menu every three months providing passengers’ palettes with something suitable for that the quarter of year. After your choice of appetizer, soup, and salad, you may find yourself in a toss between Roasted Prime Rib, Grilled Swordfish, Bourbon Pecan Chicken, or even Char Broiled Teres Major Steak Medallions—not to mention a delicious dessert to top the evening off. The dining menu is catered to Kansas Belle from 23rd Street Brewery in Lawrence, KS. However, don’t go looking for Prime Rib on their menu because you won’t find it anywhere! 23rd Street Brewery actually caters an exclusive menu to Kansas Belle, completely unique to them.
All Ages & Every Occasion
Whether you come aboard the Kansas Belle Dinner Train for a company party, date night, engagement, dinner with friends, or even something fun for the family, Kansas Belle accommodates to all ages and occasions of passengers. While slightly more “formal” attire is suggested, it is not required. Children’s menus are also available at request of a family and are comprised of three courses. If you don’t have a free evening, no worries! Kansas Belle also services High-Tea and three-course lunch rides.
Of course, there is even more in store for travelers during their enchanting trip through history on the Kansas Belle. So, I suppose this means you must get “loco-motivated” to come visit the Midland Railway in Baldwin City, Kansas to experience it for yourself! But hurry, seats are limited so reservations and tickets go fast.