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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.

Caboose Crewz Package
Mother's Day Luncheon Limited
Grandmas Marathon Viewing
Knife River Picnic Train
Steam Powered Excursions
Whiskey Tasting Dinner
Father's Day BBQ Lunch
Elegant Dinner Train
Summer BBQ in the Diner
Murder Mystery Express
Terror Train
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


July 26 - 28 & August 2 - 4

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 $22 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

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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 Caboose Crewz

75 minute caboose ride



Experience life working on a real caboose! This is unique opportunity to ride in a retired railroad caboose. Sit up in the cupola and enjoy the ride!

Package includes:

  • A round trip, 75-minute scenic excursion attached to the Duluth Zephyr train.
  • Up to 10 people flat rate. Same price for 1 person, or 10 people.
  • Cooler of soda/water/juice complimentary for the ride
  • Narrated tour on the caboose (PA system), plus a car attendant if you have more specific questions.
  • Admission to the Lake Superior Railroad Museum for your entire group.

Flat rate: $175 for up to 10 people.

Available Saturdays in late June and July, or by reservation atleast 2 weeks in advance.

There is no heat or air conditioning in the caboose, however windows do open for a great lake breeze. Larger parties are encouraged to ride as a group on the Duluth Zephyr Excursion train. It is a historic, workers caboose, far from the lap of luxury. But a unique opportunity to experience what caboose duty was like.

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A cooler of non-alcoholic beverages is available for caboose passengers, and light snacks (chips/candy).

Unfortunately, due to the historic nature of the caboose, this is not a wheelchair accessible ride. However, folks with limited mobility can access the caboose with 3 short steps to enter the lower level of the caboose.



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Mother's Day Luncheon Limited
MAY 12th, 2019




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 75 minute roundtrip excursion attached to the Duluth Zephyr train. Passengers are seated in both the Lake of the Isles Dining Car and Silver Club Dome (lower level). The upstairs Dome is available as lounge space before or after your meal.

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 12th, 2019 at 1pm






Grandmas Marathon
Viewing Train: JUNE 22, 2019




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.




Streamliner Special to Two Harbors

2019 Date TBD

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, TBD, 2019, 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

Thurs-Sat in July




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 $38.00 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.

Saturdays: June 29, July 6, 13, & 20

Schedule for the trip:
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

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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.






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

Steam Schedule 2019: All trains to Two Harbors & back:

  • June: 14 - 15
  • July 12 - 14
  • Aug 9, 10, 11
  • Aug 16, 17, 18
  • Aug 23, 24, 25
  • Aug 30, 31, Sept 1
  • September 7, 8
  • September 13, 14, 15

Due to winter maintenance work, tickets for the steam powered trains will not be available to the general public until May 27th.

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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.

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.

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.



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.

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  • 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)
6:00pm departure

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 12 - 30, Monday - Friday, 6-8:30pm

Duration: 2.5 Hours
Distance: 34 Miles

Adults (16+): $88.00

Reservations Required


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

Unfortunately due to the historic nature of this excursion, this is not yet a wheelchair accessible excursion.



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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!"

Thursdays - Sundays starting September 19th.

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.


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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


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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.

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 $70,
First Class seats include complementary local pizza and pub snacks, a seat in the Elegant Dining Car, and table service beer tasting.

Designated Driver $25,
Coach seating only, and includes the ride with complimentary soda/juice/water from the concession stand. All passengers must be 21 or older to ride this train. DD's can hang with the party, just can't get any beer samples.

Duration: 2.5 Hours
Distance: 34 Miles

ONE DAY ONLY: Friday, October 4th at 6:30pm

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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: $20.00 - ($2 Cheaper on Sunday)
Reservations Suggested - Limited Seating

Duration: 1.5 Hours
Distance 10 Miles roundtrip

October 17 - 20, 2019
10:00 am, 11:20, 12:50 pm, 2:20 or 3:50pm

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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.