The newest scenic train ride in Kansas is now the Kansas Belle Dinner Train operating out of Baldwin City.
Scenic train rides in Kansas can be found on the Abilene & Smoky Valley and at the Midland Railway.
The Kansas Museun of History proudly displays the state's oldest surviving Santa Fe locomotive, an 1880, 2-8-0, the "Cyrus K. Holliday," named after the ATSF founder. Occasionally it would be seen in films and an episode of the television series Gunsmoke.
There are 28 steam locomotive listed in Kansas and the only operational steam train ride is the former Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway 4-6-2 No.3415 on the Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad.
We found another 16 Santa Fe steam engines currently on display around Kansas.
Kansas ranks third in total state route-miles with more than 4800 miles of track. During the states history, the dominate rail line was the Santa Fe , but it also included the former Missouri Pacific and the Kansas Pacific Railway.
The first railroad, the Leavenworth, Pawnee & Western, was charter in 1855, which later became the Union Pacific.
America's first streamlined train was the UP's M-10000, whose first revenue assignment was between Salina, Kan. and K.C., Mo.
Amtrak's Chicago-Los Angeles Southwest Chief traverses Kansas, making several stops along the way, mostly at night.
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The 90 minute, 10 1/2 mile round trip scenic train ride aboard the Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad's recently refurbished Santa Fe No.3415 is truly a spectacular sight as it glides through rolling Smoky Hill River valley from Abilene to Enterprise. School field trips, private charters, dinner trains, and Silver Flyer Rail Bus trips run from April - October. Two round trip cab rides are available on each steam excursion.The 3415, a 1919 Baldwin built 4-6-2, is the only operating steam locomotive in the state of Kansas and is only one of three operational former Santa Fe steam locomotives. Train rides consists include a 1902 wood KATY passenger car, converted to a dining car, two open air gondola cars, with canopy tops and a caboose.
The Midland Railway Historical Association operates scenic trains on a line originally constructed in 1867. The one-hour scenic train rides make a 20-mile round trip, crossing two 200 foot trestles from Baldwin City via "Norwood, Kansas" to Ottawa Junction, Kansas, traveling through scenic Eastern Kansas farmland and woods via vintage railway equipment. Children can enjoy a twenty five minute Thomas the tank train ride aboard the "Day Out With Thomas" the Tank Engine. Check the events page.
The Kansas Belle Dinner Train began operation on January 26th, 2013 after operating as the Fremont Dinner Train in Fremont, NE for the past 24 years, on the Fremont and Elkhorn Valley Railroad. The Kansas Belle Dinner Train plans to operate Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons and hopefully adding Friday evening train rides as the year progresses.
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