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North Shore Scenic Railroad

North Shore Scenic Railroad



506 W. Michigan St. , Duluth, MN 55802 218-722-1273

The North Shore Scenic Railroad operates excursions along the historic Lakefront Line, a 26-mile section of rail between Duluth and Two Harbors. This rail corridor served a vital link in the transportation system for over 100 years. Known originally as the Lake Division, it connected the isolated Duluth and Iron Range Railway with America's expanding rail network. In 1886, when the Lakefront Line was first built, it was joined by a one-mile extension of the St. Paul and Duluth Railway at Fifth Avenue East in Duluth, providing the D&IR with access to downtown Duluth as well as to other railroad carriers at the Head of the Lakes. History comes alive on the Lakefront line of the North Shore Scenic Railroad. Each summer equipment from the museum makes the transition from static display to rolling stock on our working railroad. During the season several trains a day depart the historical Union Depot for a trip through downtown Duluth, Canal Park, along the shore of the Lake Superior and deep into the majestic North woods. Fully narrated tours tell the history of Duluth, the harbor, and the stories of the railroads that connected the people and transported the material that built the region. Daily excursions, special theme trips, and charters are available. Lots of fun trips planned this summer -- Ride the train to the Knife River Music Festival, or follow Grandma's Marathon! The Elegant Dinner Train and the Murder Mystery Train are two of our most popular special excursions. In the fall we offer Fall Colors Tour through the autumn leaves, a Beer Tasting Train, the Pumpkin Patch Train for Halloween, and our famous Polar Express.


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