Friday, April 22, 2011

Corman schedules Lexington-to-Frankfort trains for May 10 and 12; no stop in Midway

By Dick Yarmy
University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Telecommunications

Passengers aboard two dinner trains making R.J. Corman Railroad Group’s first round trips from Lexington to Frankfort and back on May 10 and 12 will get a glimpse of downtown Midway –– if they look quickly. (Corman photo of dining car)

“A special run is just what it is,” said Noel Rush, Corman vice president of strategic planning and development. “We certainly don’t want to raise speculation about any regular scheduled dinner train ... We run special trains from time to time.”

Rush said the company is running a special train from Clarksville, Tenn., to Louisville on May 11, as a treat for freight customers, and "It just makes sense to use it" for another purpose: "to raise the profile of Gil Logan, our new executive chef" for the dinner train that Corman operates from Bardstown to the main Jim Beam Distillery. For Corman's full press release, click here.

Corman will also be running its annual Kentucky Derby group train from Lexington to Churchill Downs. The train is scheduled to pass through Midway at 9:35 a.m., May 7.

History is repeating itself. According to this week's Woodford Sun, the Blue Grass Clipper reported that a train carrying former president Teddy Roosevelt failed to stop at Midway back in 1912, and the trains still aren’t stopping 99 years later.

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