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#28 Steam Train Donor Excursion RSVP the 28 in cloquet

Welcome to the donor excursion RSVP page to make your reservation onboard the maiden voyage trip of the newly rebuilt #28 Steam Locomotive. Because of your contribution, we were able to complete this project and it is time to pull passengers for the first time.

If you have not donated to the project and wish to become a contributor to join this exciting excursion, please click here.


Below are some photos from over the past couple years during the project's restoration.



Steam power returns to the Twin Ports when #28 is fired up and pulling trains again. Thanks to your help! It is time for the maiden voyage of the restored locomotive and only the people who contributed directly to it are invited to this special event, one weekend only, 2 optional days.

Schedule for each day:

  • 9:00am: Museum is open for any donor’s to tour included with your train ticket
  • 9:30am: The locomotive arrives in the boarding area for photos and time to interact with the crew
  • 9:45am: Boarding begins for the inaugural run
  • 10:00am: Depart Duluth for Palmers, MN
  • 11:00am: Arrive Palmers, meet the Northbound Two Harbors train at the siding. Passengers can deboard to watch and take photos. The train will do a “runby” – where the train is backed up and raced by all the passengers in the photo line. The train will return, perform a runaround to head back to Duluth. Passengers reboard.
  • 12:00pm (Approx.): Depart to head back to Duluth
  • 1:00pm: Arrive Duluth depot

Below please select which day you would like to come on the first trips. There are 2 options. You will need your voucher numbers that were sent to you.

>>Saturday, June 10th, 2017 Departing at 10am<<


>>Sunday, June 11th, 2017 Departing at 10am<<






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.



Special Thanks to:

The members of the Lake Superior Railroad Museum
#28 Restoration Fund Donors & Volunteers
Missabe Road Historical Society
Tom E. Dailey Foundation
Chippewa Valley Railroad
LSRM/NSSR Volunteers
Cloquet Terminal Railroad
BNSF (For the great job they did moving the engine to and from Cloquet)
Fraser Shipyards
Friends of #261
Carlton County Fair Board
Hard working volunteer crews of the Lake Superior Railroad Museum

Every dollar donated goes directly to getting this engine fired up. Any excess dollars will go towards finishing up the work and getting coal in the tender for the first run, that you will be a part of!

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