Steam Weekend in Duluth, Minnesota
Experience the power of steam, with locomotive #28 leading the charge while you will ride behind this historic engine to the beautiful town of Two Harbors. The train stays in town for about 2 hours while you have a chance to shop, have lunch (not included), and experience some of the local attractions. Other exhibits and sites will be avilable before and after at the Lake Superior Railroad Museum celebrating steam power on this special weekend.
This excursion is for sale to members of the Lake Superior Railroad Museum only until March 1st. If space is available, it will then be available to the general public. You can choose to activate a membership at the point of purchase below.
3 Days, several options...
Steam weekend in Duluth begins at the Lake Superior Railroad Museum, opening at 9am. On Saturday and Sunday between 9am-3pm, special “steam related” exhibits will be display for passengers prior to departure, and mini train rides for the kids. The Steam Train Excursion will have 2 seating options:
Excursions on this special weekend:
Friday, June 23rd, 10:30am Departure to Two Harbors
Saturday, June 24th, 10:30am Departure to Two Harbors
Sunday, June 25th, Departures at 10:00am and 2:00pm
Entrance to the Lake Superior Railroad Museum is included with all steam train tickets. Doors open at 9am. This trip is usually not wheelchair accessible. Pets are not allowed.
All tickets require reservations, and space is extremely limited.
History of the locomotive:
The #28 locomotive was built by the Pittsburgh Locomotive Works in 1906 for the Duluth, Missabe and Northern as their No. 332.
A typical drag freight consolidation type engine of the early 1900s, she weighs in at 102 tons (172 tons with tender loaded). The capacity of the tender is 8,000 gallons of water and 12 tons of coal.
This style of locomotive was designed to be used in general freight service, working slowly along the line setting out and picking up cars from sidings along the way. No. 28 was sold to the D&NE in 1955, and was used to haul logs, lumber products and some general freight. It worked in this service until 1964 and was last under steam in 1965. The D&NE restored and donated the locomotive to the Museum in 1974.
Fore more information about the restoration of this historic locomotive, visit www.fireupthe28.com