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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 $3.00 for kids with your train fare.



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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. Wheelchair accessibility is limited, mostly to the daily Duluth Zephyr and Pizza Train only.

Birthday Caboose Package
Mother's Day Luncheon Limited
Grandmas Marathon Viewing
Knife River Picnic Train
Steam Powered Excursions
Lupus Fundraiser Train
Father's Day BBQ Lunch
Elegant Dinner Train
Summer BBQ in the Diner
Murder Mystery Express
Terror Train (Cancelled)
Day Out With Thomas
Pumpkin Patch Express
Streamliner to Two Harbors
Fall Colors Tour
Beer Tasting Train
Christmas City Express
Bentleyville Shuttle Train

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

special excursions


AUGUST 2-4 & 9-11

Thomas the Tank Engine - Minnesota Wisconsin

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.

Each ticket to the Day Out With Thomas includes:

  • Access to all activities at Day Out With Thomas
  • Entry to the Lake Superior Railroad Museum
  • Approx. 20-25 minute train ride behind Thomas through Duluth to Lake Superior
  • Imagination Stations, which include sandboxes, coloring, mega blocks, building stations, chalk tables, Thomas play tables and much, much more
  • Live Music by Mr. Billy
  • Add on a Combo Ticket with Percy!
  • Magic shows throughout the day
  • Photo opportunities with Thomas & 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!
Add the Percy Combo to Get More Fun:
  • An additional ride with Percy on an approx. 20-25 minute ride behind Percy
  • Percy rides can be scheduled before or after your ride with Thomas
  • You must buy a Thomas ticket in order to add Percy
  • Percy has a party on his train!

Tickets are $20 per person for Thomas, ages 2 and up.
Add Percy the Percy Combo for just $8 more.
Toddlers under 2 do not need a ticket
Both train rides are about 25 minutes, but the "average guest" is here for 2-3 hours depending how much fun with your friends you want to have!

Learn more by clicking here

The North Shore Scenic Railroad is the best place to
see Thomas in Minnesota and Wisconsin!
Learn more.


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 (Must be attached to an opperating Duluth Zephyr excursion)
  • Private use of the Birthday Caboose with an attendant just for you!
  • A railroad gift for the birthday child
  • One dozen cupcakes
  • Admission to the Lake Superior Railroad Museum for your entire group

Party package is $250.00

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. A minimum of 1 week notice is required for the Birthday Caboose package.

Many groups wishing to celebrate birthday's or special events commonly simply book tickets on a regularly scheduled train, and you can bring along cupcakes or presents if you choose to.


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Mother's Day Luncheon Limited




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 attached to the Duluth Zephyr train. Passengers ride in the Lake of the Isles Dining Car.

Fun for the whole family, tables are group of 4, so even numbers work best, groups of 2 will likely be seated with other guests.

Sunday, May 13th, 2018 at 12:30pm





Grandmas Marathon
Viewing Train: DONE FOR 2018




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

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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.




"Muisc, Rails, & Ales" Lupus Fundraising Excursion





A 3- hour evening train excursion aboard the North Shore Scenic Railroad along the North Shore of Lake Superior. Enjoy music, drinks, and a great trip, all to raise money for LUPUS disease reaserch.

The train departs the Duluth Depot at 6pm, and will return around 9pm. All tickets are round-trip, and there will be room to move around the train.

This event is only $25 per ticket, and includes: Train ride, Green Mill pizza, local brew samples, snacks, silent auction, and a cash raffle. All proceeds benefit LupusLink Minnesota - advancing research, support and awareness for Lupus - during May's Lupus Awareness Month.

A cash bar will be avialble for addiitonal beverages and conessions.

Thanks for helping out with our special cause!


This is an event for all ages, but is expected to be a mostly adult crowd. Must be 21 to drink. Wheelchair accessibility is limited on this excursion due to the historic nature of the railroad equipment. Wheelchairs can be raised onboard only of of the cars of the train; the baggage/concession car, where there is music, food, and beverages. There are no accessible restrooms.


Streamliner Special to Two Harbors

July 14th, 2018 at 10am.


Princess train

Enjoy the beauty of the Soo Line #2500 as it pulls the Two Harbors train to Two Harbors for this special excursion for the year. This is all to celebrate the 134th anniversary of the first load of Iron Ore to be delivered to Two Harbors by rail.

Join us for the Streamliner To Two Harbors event, July 14th, 2018, with unique locomotives pulling a fleet of the best coaches on the North Shore Scenic Railroad. Learn more here.

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Summer BBQ in the Diner





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 $36.00 each,
Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays in July
Reservations Required - Limited seating




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Knife River Picnic Train




Travel to the North Shore village of Knife River aboard the railroad's historic Rail Diesel Car on this special excursion limited to only 60 passengers.

Upon arrival, guests can choose a walking tour to some historic railroad ruins, walk to the beautiful beach, or visit some of the local shops in Knife River.

Tickets INCLUDE a box lunch, which will be served shortly after some recreation time. If the weather is good, there is some time to explore after lunch, or the train will head back to Duluth.


Schedule for the day:
10am - Depart Duluth, attached to the Two Harbors excursion
11am - Arrive Knife River, detaching from the other train.
Explore Knife River, have lunch, and enjoy the day.
12:30-1pm - Depart Knife River for Duluth
2pm - Arrive back to Duluth

Unfortunately due to the historic nature of this excursion, this is not yet a wheelchair accessible excursion. Children 2 and under are free and simply ride along and do not need a reservation. Pets are not allowed on this excursion.





Wine Tasting Dinner

Steam Train!

Enjoy a variety of delicious wines specially selected to pair with fine food. Excursion is about 2.5 hours.

All tickets $65.00
Reservations Required - Very limited seating!

This excursion is not scheduled for 2018





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, "Lakewalk View" (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

This excursion is not scheduled for 2018


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Experience the power of steam, with locomotive #28 leading the charge while you will ride behind this historic engine.

Steam Schedule 2018 (ALL STEAM CANCELLED):

August 17, 18, 19 (No Steam - Changed to diesel powered)
August 24, 25, 26 (No Steam - Changed to diesel powered)
August 31, Sept 1, 2 (No Steam - Changed to diesel powered)
September 7, 8, 9 (No Steam - Changed to diesel powered)
September 14, 15, 16 (No Steam - Changed to diesel powered)

Select a date above and click on it to reserve tickets.

Thank you for your ongoing support and interest of the #28 Steam Locomotive program. Special excursions on additional dates may be scheduled and will be posted soon!




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!

Tickets also include the Silver Club Dome Car Lounge, where you can move to stretch your legs after dinner, and then have an after dinner beverage in the Dome Car.

2018 MENU SELECTIONS (for reference):

  • North Shore Prime Rib
  • Maple Glazed Salmon Fillet
  • Cheese Lasagna (vegetarian)
  • All meals prepared by Executive Chef Mark Edwards of The Exchange, in Duluth

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

Consist: Dining Car + Dome/Lounge Car, attached to a concession Bar-Car, and several coaches of the Pizza Trian.

Friday and Saturday Evenings:
August 18 & 25,
September 1 - 29 (Fridays and Saturdays)
6:30pm before Labor Day & 6:00pm after Labor Day

Duration: 2.5 Hours
Distance:  34 Miles

All tickets $68.00
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!

Three weeks only!
August 13 - 31, Monday - Friday

Duration: 2.5 Hours
Distance: 34 Miles

Adults (16+): $79.00

Reservations Required







Yoga Train

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The 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.




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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 21st.

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: $36.00, 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

October 6th, 2018 - SOLD OUT

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NSSR Pumpkin Train

Beer Tasting 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.
October 6th, 2018 - On sale starting May 1. If you have ridden this excursion in the past, you will get notification as soon as they are up for sale via email.

Some of the breweries tentatively featured: Schells, Summit, South Shore, Lake Superior, Hoops brewing,  Lift Bridge,  Fulton, Surly,  Big Wood, Voyageur.

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

October 6th, 2018, 6:30pm


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




Journey aboard our annual Pumpkin Train Express to the grassy pumpkin patch that only appears once a year, on this very special weekend.

When you arrive at the patch, each passenger gets to pick out their own pumpkin to take with them. The train ride is about 90 minutes total, and you’ll return to the Duluth Depot where you can stay all day to tour the railroad museum (included and open until 5pm), listen to live music, enjoy bounce-houses, food vendors, and much more. Helpful tip: Bring a bag to carry pumpkins in - Grocery bags work great.

The Pumpkin Trains weekend is an annual fall tradition you won’t want to miss, and is sure to create new memories you’ll want to experience each year.

Adults: $20.00, Children: $18.00
Reservations Suggested - Limited Seating!

Duration: 1.5 Hours
Distance 10 Miles roundtrip

October 18 - 21, 2018
10:00 am, 11:20, 12:50 pm, 2:20 or 3:50pm


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

The Lake Superior Railroad Museum, included with your ticket, is only open until 5pm. If you are on a later train, be sure to come early to enjoy the museum activities.

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 fully 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).






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.

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 21 years!

This is a 21+ 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.




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Christmas City Express
Performance & Train Ride


NEW THIS YEAR: Trains board and depart at the Duluth Depot.

The performance of the Christmas City Express begins in the Lake Superior Railroad Museum (included with all tickets), where you'll be treated to a reading of the new Christmas City Express story, enjoy carolers, and a visit from a special guest! Then climb aboard the train for a 30 minute ride up to Lake Superior. Onboard, enjoy hot chocolate, cookies and holiday tunes.

Reservations are strongly encouraged for this show, as space is limited. Tickets can be purchased in-person at the The Duluth Depot (North Shore Scenic Railroad) complex starting at 3pm on the dates of performances, but space is very limited and reservations are strongly recomended. Learn more here.


Wheelchair Information: The performance of the story is accessible, however the train ride is not, due to the historic nature of the equipment. Boarding the train requires about 4 steps up to the level of the train. Limited mobility patrons should consider extra time for walking to the train from parking.


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