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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 $3.50 for kids with your train fare.


The historic William Crooks
The historic William Crooks, 1861

The St. Paul and Pacific was the first railroad in Minnesota, and the William Crooks was the first steam locomotive to run in the state. Come and see it at the Lake Superior Railroad Museum, and North Shore Scenic Railroad.


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2014 Special Excursions

Special events of all kinds are offered throughout the year. Most require reservations and are non-refundable. In case of a cancellation, a certificate for the purchase amount may be offered. Handicap accessibility is limited, mostly to Lester River and Pizza Train excursions only.

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

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The Birthday Caboose

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Party Package includes:

  • A round trip, 90-minute scenic excursion to the Lester River for up to eight children and two adults.
  • Private use of the Birthday Caboose.
  • A railroad gift for the birthday child.
  • A dozen gourmet cupcakes.
  • Admission to the Lake Superior Railroad Museum

$360 Value for only $250.00
Call for reservations: 218-733-7594

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Grandmas Marathon First Class Viewing Train

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See Grandmas Marathon in Style!

  • 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.

Click here for more details

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Duluth-Superior Pride Festival Dinner Train Fundraiser

Steam Train!

Elegant dining on a train with a GLBTQAI twist! Enjoy a nice meal prepared by JJ Astor Restaurant, a 2.5 hour excursion, along with a FIRST EVER DRAG SHOW ON A TRAIN! History in the making.

One Night Only!
June 13, 2014 - 6:30pm
Duration: 2.5 Hours

All tickets $55.00
Reservations Required - Limited seating!


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Proceeds of this excursion will all be generously donated to Duluth-Superior Pride Committee.

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Wine Tasting Dinner

Steam Train!

Enjoy a variety of delicious wines specially selected to pair with fine food from Executive Chef Richard Salz of the JJ Astor Restaurant in Duluth.

One Night Only!
July 19, 2014 - 6:30pm
Duration: 2.5 Hours

All tickets $65.00
Reservations Required - Limited seating!


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Steam Train Excursions

Steam Train!

There are no steam excursions scheduled in 2014.

Soo Line Steam Locomotive #2719 is currently on display at the Lake Superior Railroad Museum, and will be out of service for maintenance for the next few years.

However, another steam locomotive is near completion for service, and there might be "special runs" scheduled later in the summer of 2014.

To learn more about the #28 project, click here.

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Elegant Dinner Train

North Shore Scenic Railroad's Elegant Dinner Train

Enjoy delicious cuisine and beautiful scenery along the Lakefront Line. Reservations are required.  Elegant dining in the grand railroad tradition!

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

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.

Select Friday and Saturday Evenings only

Aug 16 - Oct 4:
6:30pm on
Fridays & Saturdays
6:00pm after Labor Day

Duration: 2.5 Hours
Distance:  34 Miles

All tickets $49.00
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!

Available for one week only!
August 11-15

Trains depart 6:30 pm

Duration: 2.5 Hours
Distance: 34 Miles

Adults (16+): $79.00

Reservations Required - Limited Seating.


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Fall Colors Tour

See the majestic fall colors aboard the North Shore Scenic Railroad

CNN named the 6-hour North Shore Fall Color Train Tours along Lake Superior the "Top 5 of the Top 10 in America!"

September and October

Friday, Saturday Sunday 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!

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The Pumpkin Train

NSSR Pumpkin Train

Ride the Pumpkin Patch Train to our secret pumpkin patch, de-board and pick your own pumpkin!  Enjoy magic, juggling, coloring, face painting, and more!  10:00 am, 12:30 pm, or 3:00 pm, Friday thru Sunday on the Final week of the Fall Season. 

October 17th, 18th, 19th

Duration: 1.5 Hours
Distance 10 Miles

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Fall Beer Tasting Train
September, 2014

NSSR Pumpkin Train

The annual Beer Train is hosted by the area's leading local breweries and brew pubs.

There will be food, gifts and BEER in first class.Entertainment at a local club follows the beer tasting.

This train always sells out!
Date Announced in May 2014

Duration: 2.5 Hours
Distance: 34 Miles

 


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Christmas City Express

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Travel from Fitgers to the Duluth Depot, where you'll be treated to a reading of the new Christmas City Express story, enjoy carolers, and a visit from a special guest! Experience the magic of the holidays:

  • Dates TBD - Weekends in December, 2014

Advanced reservation tickets will be mailed to you upon purchase. Tickets can be purchased in-person at the Fitgers complex starting at 3pm on the dates of departure.