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Steam Train!



The North Shore Scenic Railroad is Owned and operated by:


The Lake Superior Railroad Museum
offers an up-close look at the history of rail travel. Admission is only $6.00 for adults and just $3.00 for kids with your train fare.

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National Train Day: Saturday, May 13th, 2017

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Saturday May 13th

Steam Train!

Standard Museum Admission:

$12 for Adults
$6 for Kids




Lake Superior Railroad Museum Special Events: 9am - 3pm

  • See Steam Locomotive #28 on display and steamed up for the first time to the public!
  • Explore the Duluth Depot museum
  • Visit the William Crooks, Minnesota's first locomotive
  • Celebrate the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad, built in 1869 with a Chocolate Golden Spike
  • Special kid-friendly video presentation about the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad, completed in 1869
  • Artist John Cartwright HERE with railroad artwork for sale
  • Operation LifeSaver booth with fun "swag"
  • Visit the Abraham Lincoln Funeral Car
  • Rail speeder rides (like a go cart on tracks) - weather dependent
  • Live music band from 11-3pm(ish)
  • Special dedication and christening ofn steam locomotive #28 (details below)
  • Hot lunch items will be available, most likely a hot-dog stand with chips and cookies.

Dedication & christening of steam locomotive #28 at 2:30pm
Join us for a brief ceremony and “champagne breaking” to officially christen the Duluth & Northeaster Railroad locomotive #28 for operations on the North Shore Scenic Railroad.



Saturday May 13th

Train Excursions

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90 minute trip through downtown & up the shore to Lester River


Reservations are not required for this excursion, but recommended. Tickets may be purchased anytime prior to departure.

  • Coach seating, fully narrated tour
  • Operating at 12:30pm and 3:00pm
  • Discounted admission to the Depot with your train ticket
  • Concessions available for all passengers
  • $16 for adults and $8 for kids, the museum is then half-off with your train fare.

12:30pm Duluth Zephyr Excursion

3:00pm Duluth Zephyr Excursion



Why is it National Train Day?

In May of 1869, the presidents of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific Railroads met in Promontory Utah, and drove a golden spike to mark the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. For years, each railroad worked from the coasts to meet somewhere in the “middle” of the country to connect the two lines and unify the country.

No longer would western-bound travelers need to take the long and dangerous journey by wagon traveling 30 miles per day, but could now travel at the remarkable speed of 30 miles per hour.

Today we celebrate National Train Day to recognize the day America was linked ocean-to-ocean by the railroad sparking the development of the country we know today. We also recognize the vital importance of the railroads in the building of the country and our local area in the Twin ports.