Trains Begin Chugging Along North Shore Scenic Railroad

DULUTH, Minn. – As more birds are chirping outside, there’s also another sound that’s a sure sign of Spring, the whistle of a train on the North Shore Scenic Railroad.

The trains are starting two weeks earlier than usual this year, running at 12:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays.

As the full season gets underway starting Memorial Day weekend, the trains leave the Duluth Union Depot for several different trips seven days a week.

The tracks extend all the way to Two Harbors, about 30 miles away, but most excursions run a shorter distance.

The North Shore Scenic Railroad is located at 506 W. Michigan St., Duluth, MN 55802 and can be reached at 218-722-1273 and

The season runs until late October.


The Duluth Zephyr:

  • The most popular trip, for all ages of the family. Trains operate at 12:30 and 3 p.m.

The Music & Pizza Train:

  • Evening 2.5-hour ride in the evening running a 32 mile round trip up the North Shore and back. Each ticket includes pizza, soda, and dessert and then live music on the way back. 6:03 p.m. departure during the summer.

Two Harbors Turn:

  • The full length of the railroad to Two Harbors, MN on this full day trip. 10:00 a.m. departures on weekends.

Lakefront Express:

  • A short, one-hour train ride, offered in the mornings of July and August. This is the shortest and most affordable standard excursion. Departing at 10:30 a.m., seven days a week in July and August only.

A Day Out with Thomas:

  • August 3, 4, 5 and 10, 11, 12
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