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Baldwin City trying to get dinner train

Published on -8/10/2012, 12:07 PM

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BALDWIN CITY, Kan. (AP) -- Baldwin City officials are negotiating to bring a dinner train to town from Nebraska.

The Baldwin City Council this week gave City Administrator Chris Lowe authority to discuss incentives the city might provide to move the Fremont Dinner Train to Midland Railway.

The council was told the cost of moving the dinner train to Baldwin City would be about $220,000. The owners have secured all but $25,000.

Bruce Eveland, manager of the dinner train, says it draws 8,000 to 9,000 riders a year to Fremont, Neb. He says more than twice as many people live in a 150-mile radius of Baldwin City than in the same area around Fremont.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports (http://bit.ly/NjNjLd ) the dinner train operates year-round in heated and air-conditioned cars. It has about 15 part-time employees.

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Information from: Lawrence Journal-World, http://www.ljworld.com

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