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The Lake Superior Railroad Museum
offers an up-close look at the history of rail travel. Admission is only $7.00 for adults and just $3.50 for kids with your train fare.

The historic William Crooks
The historic William Crooks, 1861

The St. Paul and Pacific was the first railroad in Minnesota, and the William Crooks was the first steam locomotive to run in the state. Come and see it at the Lake Superior Railroad Museum, and North Shore Scenic Railroad.

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Special events of all kinds are offered throughout the year, scroll below for more info on any item in this list. Handicap accessibility is limited, mostly to the daily Duluth Zephyr and Pizza Train excursions only.

Birthday Caboose Package
Terror Train
Mother's Day Luncheon Limited
Grandmas Marathon Viewing
Princess Tea Time Express
Steam Power Excursions
Purple Train
Father's Day BBQ Lunch
Elegant Dinner Train
Paint on the Rails
Summer BBQ in the Diner
Wine Tasting in the Diner
Murder Mystery Express
Castle Danger Brewery Lunch

Day Out With Thomas
Pumpkin Train
Fall Colors Tour
Beer Tasting Train
Christmas City Express
Yoga Train

Below are details of each special event throughout the operating season.
To see a full schedule on a calendar of events, click here.


August 5th, 6th, 7th &

August 12th, 13th, 14th

Done for 2016

Thomas the Tank Engine - Minnesota Wisconsin

Fun for the whole family! Day Out With Thomas provides an opportunity for kids to take a ride in their favorite tank engine, meet the railway controller Sir Topham Hatt, have fun in Imagination Station, and much more in a city near you! Get ready for The Thrill of the Ride! The best place to see Thomas in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Get your tickets for Day Out With Thomas today!
Each ticket to the event will include:

  • Access to all activities offered at Day Out With Thomas
  • Entry to the Lake Superior Railroad Museum
  • Approx. 20-25 minute train ride behind Thomas up
    the North Shore
  • Imagination Stations, which include sandboxes, coloring, mega blocks, building stations, chalk tables, Thomas play tables and much, much more
  • Live Music by Mr. Billy
  • Magic shows throughout the day
  • Photo opportunities with Thomas and Sir Topham Hatt
  • Free trolleycar rides
  • Inflatable slide, bounce house and obstacle course
  • Temporary Tattoo and Face Painting stations
  • Model Train Displays
  • Huge Thomas Gift Shop
  • Photos with Thomas (purchase separately)
  • Lots of games and activities
  • And much more!
Tickets are $19 per person, ages 2 and up.
The train ride is about 25 minutes, but the "average guest" is here for 2-3 hours depending how much fun you want to have!


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The North Shore Scenic Railroad is the best place to
see Thomas in Minnesota and Wisconsin!
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The Birthday Caboose Party Package - 90 minute ride

Party Package includes:

  • A round trip, 90-minute scenic excursion to the Lester River for up to 10 people.
  • Private use of the Birthday Caboose.
  • A railroad gift for the birthday child.
  • One dozen gourmet cupcakes.
  • Admission to the Lake Superior Railroad Museum for your entire group

Party package is $250.00
Call for reservations: 218-733-7594

There is no heat or air conditioning in the caboose, however windows do open. Larger parties are encouraged to ride as a group on the Duluth Zephyr Excursion train.



Mother's Day Luncheon Limited

Sunday, May 8th (SOLD OUT)


Take Mom out for her special day with this one of a kind experience aboard the Elegant Dining Car of the railroad. Enjoy a delicious lunch provided by the Exchange of Duluth, along with a 90 minute roundtrip excursion.


Grandmas Marathon
Viewing Train: June 18th
, 2016




See Grandmas Marathon in Style!

First Class Breakfast Option or choose more economical coach seating. This is an excursion available no where else on the planet: see the world-class marathon in a very unique excursion, pacing along witht the race for over 5 miles.

  • 5:45am Departure from Duluth Depot
  • Tickets include breakfast & drinks.
  • Watch the starting of the race.
  • Follow along side the marathon, on the train!
  • Reach the finish line in time to see first finishers.

Sit back, relax and enjoy the "Marathon Day" in the comfort of the historic rail equipment of the North Shore Scenic Railroad. Every person who has ever riden this train finds their runner atleast once and can wave and cheer them on before dashing back to the finish line in Canal Park to be there before the runners arrive.

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Father's Day BBQ Lunch
Sunday, June 19th, 12:30pm

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Treat Dad to two of his favorites, Bar-B-Que and Trains! This luncheon event for Father’s Day is your opportunity to enjoy the luxury of the Dining Car with the comfort food of Famous Dave's Bar-B-Que.





Purple Train: June 7th


It is Prince’s birthday! Climb aboard the North Shore Scenic Railroad to celebrate the legendary songs of Prince, on this one-of-a-kind 80’s themed party. The train will depart at 6:30pm and return around 9:30pm, onboard enjoy DJ Stephanie Michelle (think Full House) playing all the hits of Prince and other music influenced by Prince’s amazing lifelong music career.

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Princess Tea-Time Express

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Experience Princess-Class service on the lovely dining car of the North Shore Scenic Railroad. Dress up and join the five grown-up Princesses and two Prince charmings who will be roaming the train visiting with guests.

Enjoy complimentary mini foods, lemonade, or tea at each princess' table. Then get a free wrist corsage and do some crafts. This 90 minute ride is fit for Princesses from all kingdoms!

All Royalty costs $25 per person
Includes the ride, party favors, snacks, tea, and lemonade!

Not Scheduled for 2016

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Summer BBQ in the Diner




This excursion is done for 2016

Take a seat in the Dining Car and enjoy the best of Famous Dave's Summer Bar-B-Que! This 2.5 hour excursion travels up the North Shore.

Enjoy Ribs and Roasted Chicken with 2 side-dishes and of course their world-famous corn bread. After dinner, enjoy live-music in the bar car and finish off the ride with award winning bread pudding.

All tickets only $34.00 each
Reservations Required - Limited seating

July 1 - 6:30pm

July 8 - 6:30pm

July 15 - 6:30pm (SOLD OUT)

July 22 - 6:30pm (SOLD OUT)

July 29 - 6:30pm (SOLD OUT)


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Wine Tasting Dinner

Steam Train!

Click on Picture for More Lester River Pictures

This excursion is done for 2016

Enjoy a variety of delicious wines specially selected to pair with fine food from Executive Chef of the JJ Astor Restaurant in Duluth. Excursion is about 2.5 hours.

All tickets $65.00
Reservations Required - Very limited seating!

July 2 - 6:30pm

July 9 - 6:30pm

July 16 - 6:30pm

July 23 - 6:30pm

July 30 - 6:30pm


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ONLINE TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT: The majority of tickets for this train have been sold online, and are no longer available. A small amount of tickets are for sale at the Bookstore at Fitgers. You will need to go there to purchase them if they are available. More info at: 218-727-9077.

Climb aboard for the terror of the biggest and best adults-only costume party in the northland. Board the train at Fitgers in Duluth and ride to Two Harbors, where the party continues with live music, food, and fun at the American Legion. Then, reboard the train for the return to Duluth. Come dressed in costume or withstand constant ridicule, this is a super-sized costume party on the rails.

The train departs at 6:00pm sharp from Fitgers and arrives in Two Harbors around 8:00pm. The train returns to Duluth around Midnight where the fun continues in the Fitgers complex. Live music and a DJ will be aboard the train, along with cash bars complete with goolish cocktails for the Halloween weekend. This is an annual tradition party that has been running for 20 years! Join us for the terror October 29th.

This is a 21 plus event and due to the historic nature of the train equipment this is event is not wheelchair accessible. No weapons, including any that look like weapons, even costume ones are allowed on the train. Have a group? If you book all the tickets together, an automatic discount of $2 off each ticket applies for groups of 10 or more.

Terror Schedule:
5:30pm: Train boards at Fitger’s Station (courtyard at Fitger’s)
6:00pm: Depart Fitger’s with live music onboard with “Derailed featuring GA Nelson” and live DJ Ron Houk
8:00pm: Terror arrives in Two Harbors!!!
8-10:30: Live music with “Circuit Breakers” at American Legion with Free Hors d’oeuvres for all passengers
10:45: Sharp! Train departs Two Harbors for Duluth
11:45ish: Train arrives back at Fitger’s for afterparties inside
12:30: Train arrives Duluth Depot, Track 1

ONLINE TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT: The majority of tickets for this train have been sold online, and are no longer available. A small amount of tickets are for sale at the Bookstore at Fitger's. You will need to go there to purchase them if they are available. More info at: 218-727-9077.



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Castle Danger Brewery Lunch & Private Sampling

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Enjoy a 2 hour, narrated excursion from Duluth to Two Harbors. Upon arrival in Two Harbors, 1 block away is the brand-new Castle Danger Brewery, where a box lunch and a beer samples will be waiting in the private event space of the brewery. Talk with staff and brewery hosts to learn their amazing story.

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Paint on the Rails


Steam Train!

Enjoy a 2.5 hour excursion aboard the North Shore Scenic Railroad, while you experience a painting class, complete with instruction to create a specific painting, "Changing Seasons" (image below) with an artist from On the Rocks Art Studio. Follow along with step-by-step instruction to create your own beautiful masterpiece. No artistic experience or supplies needed! Join us for this unforgettable experience.

$55 for instruction/art ride
$16 for adults just riding in coach
$8 for kids just riding in coach




Steam Train Excursions

Steam Train!

There are currently no steam excursions currently
scheduled in 2016.

Soo Line Steam Locomotive #2719 is currently on display at the Lake Superior Railroad Museum, and will be out of service for maintenance for the next few years.

However, another steam locomotive is near completion for service, the Duluth & North Eastern Railroad #28, and is planned to be in operating condition in early summer 2016.

To learn more about the #28 project, click here.


Elegant Dinner Train




Elegant dining in a grand style reminiscent of the Golden Age of railroading. Chefs from the area's finest restaurants prepare unique menus onboard our Lake of the Isles dining car.

Enjoy delicious cuisine and beautiful scenery along the Lakefront Line. Reservations are required.  Elegant dining in the grand railroad tradition!

All meals served with appetizers, salad, bread, coffee and dessert.

Friday and Saturday Evenings:
August 20 - October 1: Fridays & Saturdays
6:30pm before Labor Day & 6:00pm after Labor Day

Duration: 2.5 Hours
Distance:  34 Miles

All tickets $55.00
Reservations Required - Limited seating!

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Murder on the Disoriented Express

Ride the North Shore Scenic Railroad's Murder Mystery Train!

Traveling by train can be fun, romantic, and sometimes dangerous. Take the case of the North Shore Scenic Railroadʹs Elegant Dinner Train. A group of people, most of whom are strangers to one another, sit down to a gourmet meal in the beautiful Lake of the Isles dining car.  As the train pulls out of the Depot in Duluth and heads onto the Lakefront Line, the guests in the dining car meet one another and find that there is something just a little off balance. An air of mystery surrounds the alter‐egos of some of the passengers...

Almost as if planned to the exact minute, the train crosses Railroad Street and the diesel engine's horn blares out its warning...a shot rings out! One of the passengers has met a cruel and quite fatal end. For the remainder of the evening, your job is to solve the crime and deliver the guilty party to authorities by the time the train returns to the station. Of course, because this is a sophisticated and elegant evening, dinner and cocktails will continue as if there is nothing wrong.  Fortunately, there is a world famous detective on board to assist in finding the guilty party.

It's an evening of mirth, merriment, and mayhem on The Disoriented Express!

Two weeks only! August 15-19 and 22-26

Duration: 2.5 Hours
Distance: 34 Miles

Adults (16+): $79.00

Reservations Required



Yoga Train
May 22nd and June 12th

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The first ever Yoga on a train comes to the North Shore Scenic Railroad. Join instructor Kate Olson in a wide open empty baggage car for an hour long Yoga session on the 90 minute excursion along the shore. This train will be connected to our Duluth Zephyr excursion, so you can bring friends or family to ride the train while you have a private Yoga session in the adjacent traincar.

>>Learn More Here<<


Fall Colors Tour


Fall Colors

A six-hour full day up the North Shore with a two-hour stop for lunch (not included in ticket price), touring and shopping in beautiful Two Harbors. Return to Duluth between 4 and 5pm.


September and October

CNN named the 6-hour North Shore Fall Color Train Tours along Lake Superior the "Top 5 of the Top 10 in America!"

Friday, Saturday Sunday starting September 16th.

Enjoy the changing colors as you travel to the historic town of Two Harbors, Minnesota.

Total excursion time is six hours, with a 2-hour stop in Two Harbors where you're free to tour, shop, eat, and enjoy.


Adults: $35.00, Children: $20.00

Reservations Suggested - Limited Seating!

Entrance to the Lake Superior Railroad Museum is included with your ticket prior to departure. Doors open at 9am. This trip is usually not handicap accessible. Pets are not allowed.

Fall Beer Tasting Train

Saturday, September 10th

This excursion is done for 2016

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NSSR Pumpkin Train

The annual Beer Train is hosted by the area's leading local breweries and brew pubs.Wander the train during this 2.5 hour ride and visit various beer tasting vendors and sample what they have to offer. In the First Class section of the train, have a seat in our fancy dining car, your ticket will also include food, gifts and MORE BEER! There is usually an after party at a local pub with drink specials, more info to come.

This train always sells out, space is limited.
Saturday, September 10th, 2016

Coach/General Admission $45,
Coach seats are general seating and tastings in two bar-cars with all the beer you can taste.

First Class $65,
First Class seats include complementary local pizza and pub snacks, a seat in the Elegant Dining Car, and table service beer tasting.

Duration: 2.5 Hours
Distance: 34 Miles


This excursion is a fundraiser event for the Lake Superior Railroad Museum's mission to preserve, interpret and present to the public the history of railroading, especially as it relates to our area.


Pumpkin Train

The Pumpkin Patch Express

NSSR Pumpkin Train



Ride the Pumpkin Patch Train to our pumpkin patch on the edge of town, de-board and pick your own pumpkin! 

On the train enjoy narration, entertainment, and the beautiful scenery of the North Shore. Back at the depot, stay for magic shows, coloring, movies, bounce houses, and more! ONE WEEKEND ONLY. Museum is open until 5pm and is included with your ticket.

Adults: $18.00, Children: $16.00
Reservations Suggested - Limited Seating!

Duration: 1.5 Hours
Distance 10 Miles roundtrip

October 20th
10:00 am, 11:20, 12:50 pm, 2:20 or 3:50pm


October 21st
10:00 am, 11:20, 12:50 pm, 2:20 or 3:50pm


October 22nd
10:00 am, 11:20, 12:50 pm, 2:20 or 3:50pm


October 23rd
10:00 am, 11:20, 12:50 pm, 2:20 or 3:50pm



All ticketed passengers get 1 pumpkin included at the patch. Ages 2 and under are free however do not get a pumpkin included (parents usually share).

We're sorry but the pumpkin patch train is NOT a wheelchair accessible event due to the historic nature of the train equipment and the accessability of the patch itself. However, the 10am, 12:50 and 3:50 train is available for the ride only (cannot debaord wheelchairs at the patch and there are no accessable restrooms onboard).



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Christmas City Express


Travel from Fitgers to the Duluth Depot, where you'll be treated to a reading of the new Christmas City Express story, enjoy carolers, and a visit from a special guest! Experience the magic of the holidays.

Advanced reservation tickets will be mailed to you in November after you purchase. Tickets can be purchased in-person at the Fitgers complex starting at 3pm on the dates of departure, but space is very limited and reservations are strongly recomended. Learn more here.


We are sorry but this excursion is NOT wheelchair accessable. Boarding the train requires at least 1 level of outdoor steps from Fitger's Courtyard down to the Track Level boarding area of Fitger's Station. Limited mobility patrons should consider extra time for walking to the train from parking.