By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 30 June 2024 at 1:55 pm

Provided photo: This is a view of one of the air-conditioned dining cars in which passengers will ride during the Medina Railroad Museum’s first Murder Mystery Train on July 13.

MEDINA – The Medina Railroad Museum, which draws thousands of visitors for the Day Out with Thomas and the Polar Express, will offer an entirely different kind of event on July 13 with its first ever Murder Mystery Train.

Murder at the Museum will be presented by WNY Improv, a group of eclectic and talented performers all across Western New York. They offer one-of-a-kind mystery shows catered specifically to each group and venue.

Riders on first-class, air-conditioned coaches will get to play detective as they uncover clues, interrogate suspects and solve a crime that unfolds before their eyes.

WNY Improv advertises the event as “the ultimate whodunit interactive experience aboard a train.” Everyone is a suspect, they boast.

As the story unfolds, the museum curator wakes to find their most valued piece of train memorabilia missing, and the night watchman dead at the scene.

This is the Medina Railroad Museum’s first time sponsoring a murder mystery train. Only 140 tickets will be sold.

Two times are available – an Early Bird Express, departing at 10 a.m., and the afternoon train, departing at 1 p.m.

Tickets for the early run are $42 and include a continental breakfast of coffee, tea or orange juice, Danish, muffin and fruit cup, in addition to a keepsake Medina Railroad Museum mug.

Tickets for the 1 p.m. departure are $65 per person and feature a lunch of ham or turkey sandwich with provolone cheese, lettuce and tomato on a kaiser roll with macaroni salad; or a garden salad with cheese and egg and Italian dressing. Both are served with a bag of chips and a choice of cold beverage (Pepsi, diet Pepsi, Sprite, ginger ale or water), and come in a Medina Railroad keepsake insulated lunch bag.

No outside food or drinks are allowed on the train.

Passengers are advised to arrive at the museum at 530 West Ave. one hour prior to departure to pick up their tickets at the box office. Boarding will begin 15 minutes before departure.

Tickets also include a two-hour train ride to Lockport and admission to the Medina Railroad Museum. Ticket sales will stop July 6 to get food orders to the caterer.

The event will go on, rain or shine. The number to order tickets is (585) 798-6106.

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