Volunteers Preparing Trains for Tourist Season
Northland Uncovered: North Shore Scenic Railroad
DULUTH, Minn. – It’s finally starting to feel like Spring outside and that means some vehicles seen chugging along the North Shore are getting tuned up for the season.
Over at the Duluth Depot, volunteers are hard at work in the shop for the North Shore Scenic Railroad.
The trains are winterized and stored for the winter.
Now that Spring is here, it’s time to check the mechanics and ensure the cars are in tip top shape for the many runs they’ll take over the next several months.
“Behind us we’re getting ready with our 193 locomotive. This is the workhorse that does most of the pulling that you see when the train goes through Canal Park and along the lakeshore,” said North Shore Scenic Railroad Executive Director Ken Buehler.
Last year, 2016, was a record-breaking year for the scenic railroad with more than 94,000 passengers hopping on board.
This year, ticket sales are already ahead of where they were at this time last year.
Buehler says this wouldn’t be possible without the volunteers, “We’re 100 percent volunteer run. This is the time of year when a lot of them come back from their winter vacations, a lot of them take their winter vacations in summer–like conditions in Arizona and Florida, and now they’re all coming back and we’re putting them to work in the shop here where we are.”
The train rides start up in May.
If you’d like to purchase tickets, head to duluthtrains.com, or call 218-722-1273.