Mystery train departs from Parrish

'Murder in 3-D' offers a train ride and a chance to do some sleuthing

February 20, 2014 

A past production of "Murder in 3D" at the Florida Railroad Museum in Parrish. PUBLICITY PHOTO

If you miss the days when dinner theaters were ubiquitous in Florida, the Florida Railroad Museum in Parrish is serving up a mobile, interactive alternative.

Board a train at the museum station and you'll be in the midst of a murder mystery, acted out by area theater pros.

The story's an Agatha Christie-style mystery called "Murder in 3-D." It's about two movie-directing brothers, Roger and Braxton Boomer, who have created a 3-D romance that could be a big hit. They have invited a famous producer, a billionaire, an A-list actress on hard times and a party-crashing videographer onto the train to get a new production off the ground. But suddenly Braxton is found dead. Roger is determined to find the killer, who is obviously one of the guests on the train.

You get appetizers as the train and the mystery get going, and then the train stops along the way so you can have an Italian dinner and try solve the case. Then you get dessert on the return trip.

You can board the train (and order your entrée) starting a half-hour before show time, but don't be late. The train leaves promptly on schedule, so there's no way stragglers to be seated.

Details: Feb. 21- March 9, Florida Railroad Museum, 12210 83rd St. E., Parrish. Show times: 6 p.m. Friday, 2 and 6 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $47 matinees, $55 evening shows. Information: 941-776-0906, www.frrm.org.

--Marty Clear

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