Ken Buehler

Duluth Says Goodbye To Thomas After Another Year

Thomas's Visit coupled with the Big Boy Steam Engine's brought about 30,000 people to Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn.- Sunday was the final day of Thomas the Tank Engine and his friend Percy’s visit to Duluth. Organizers say around 18,000 people visited Thomas and Percy over the past two weekends, making an estimated economic impact of $8.5 million in the Northland. The two trains also bring out about 200 volunteers from different community organizations, who also receive…

All Aboard! Thomas, Percy Begin Two Week Stay in Duluth

Thomas and Percy will Spend Two Weekends in the Twin Ports for the Steam Team Tour 2019

DULUTH, Minn. – The Steam Team Tour 2019 features Thomas the Tank Engine and his best friend Percy the Small Engine. Children and their families are invited to spend a day with Thomas & Friends when they chug into the Depot on the North Shore Scenic Railroad July 26 – 28 and August 2 – 4. The tour, now in…

Duluth Depot Hosting Inaugural Festival of Steam

The Festival of Steam is Happening July 19 - 21

DULUTH, Minn. – Union Pacific Railroad’s “Big Boy” No. 4014 steam engine will be on display all weekend at the Duluth Depot. The inaugural Festival of Steam is happening Friday, July 19 – Sunday, July 21. Rides won’t be available on “Big Boy,” but the engine will be steamed up and on display. For those looking to roll down the…

North Shore Railroad Offering Rides For Grandma’s Runners

The North Shore Scenic Railroad will take 1,100 runners to Two Harbors at 5:45 Saturday morning

DULUTH, Minn.- Moving people around the Northland is very difficult this weekend, but one local business is offering a free way for runners to get to the starting line from Duluth. The North Shore Scenic Railroad will be taking around 1,100 runners from Duluth to Two Harbors. It will leave at 5:45 in the morning from over by the DECC…

North Shore Scenic Railroad Brings Back Dinner Trains for Summer Season

Dinner Trains are Offered Fridays and Saturdays in the Summer

DULUTH, Minn. – The North Shore Scenic Railroad is rolling down the tracks once again for a summer full of memories up the North Shore. The Railroad offers a variety of dinner trains throughout the summer, including the Pizza Train, Whiskey Tasting Dinner in the Diner, and the Summer BBQ Train. Ken Buehler, Executive Director of the North Shore Scenic…

Two Railroad Anniversaries Celebrated in Duluth

150th Anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad and 30th Anniversary of the North Shore Scenic Railroad.

DULUTH, Minn.- Friday marked the anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad connecting America from coast to coast. The North Shore Scenic Railroad also celebrated a special anniversary, the 30th Anniversary of their line connecting Duluth to Two Harbors. Families and fans of the railroad gathered at the tracks behind Fitger’s Brewhouse, to commemorate this important day in locomotive…

In Spending Proposal Gov. Walz Sets Funds Aside for Northern Lights Project

$11 million suggested for passenger rail systems.

DULUTH, Minn.- The proposed Northern Lights Express Rail System, that would connect Duluth to the Twin Cities, is seeing new life in Governor Tim Walz’s first capital spending proposal. The proposal  calls for $11 million to leverage federal matching funds for passenger rail systems like the Northern Lights Express in Duluth. “The next step in the process is to secure the…

North Shore Scenic Railroad Holds Conductor Training

7 Days is All it Takes to Get Behind the Wheel of a Train

DULUTH, Minn.- If you’ve ever dreamed of working on a railroad all the live long day, the North Shore Scenic Railroad is offering that chance. This Thursday they will begin 7 volunteer conductor training sessions. Railroad officials say the classes will start from scratch, teaching the basics, and prepare students to take the G-COR exam in April. “These are the same…

Making Railroad Crossings Safer

New Safety Measures Aim to Reduce Accidents

DULUTH, Minn.- Saint Louis County ranks in the top five counties in Minnesota for the number of crossing accidents reported each year. On Monday, the city and North Shore Scenic Railroad unveiled new measures to change that, at multiple spots around the community including at 45th and 47th Avenues East, McCulloch St., and Harbor Dr. City leaders gathered at the railroad…

All Aboard the Fall Colors Train Starting this Friday

CNN Once Named the North Shore Fall Colors Train Tour "Top 5 out of the Top 10 in America"

DULUTH, Minn. – Starting Friday, September 21, folks will be able to hop aboard the North Shore Scenic Railroad’s Fall Color Tours. Executive Director of the North Shore Scenic Railroad, Ken Buehler, told FOX 21’s Brett Scott Tuesday morning that this opportunity gives riders the chance to view the Northland in a vibrant, colorful perspective. The Fall Color Tours will be…

Thomas is In Town!

Day Out with Thomas Kicks Off

Duluth, Minn-The parking lot of the Depot looks more like a street festival. But the air hung low, anticipation stirring. Suddenly, excitement rushes with the kids to greet the one and only Thomas the Tank Engine, as he returns from the last trip of the day. With over 22,000 attendees in the past years, and this year looking to surpass…

Thomas the Tank Engine, Percy Set to Attract Thousands to Duluth

Thomas the Tank Engine and His Best Friend Percy will Start Giving Rides Friday, August 3, 2018

DULUTH, Minn. – Thomas the Tank Engine and his friend Percy are making the trek to Duluth from the Island of Sodor this week. The two will spend the next few weeks in the Northland, giving children and their families rides starting Friday, August 3. For the next two weekend, visitors will be able to enjoy not only rides, but games, but…

Northland Uncovered: Grandma’s Marathon Viewing Train

The Grandma's Marathon Viewing Train will Leave the Duluth Depot at 5:45 a.m. on Saturday, June 16

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend thousands of fans will be packing the streets, waiting for their favorite athletes to pass by. But did you know you can also witness Grandma’s Marathon from the tracks of the North Shore Scenic Railroad? Tuesday morning on FOX 21 Local News, Lake Superior Railroad Museum Executive Director Ken Buehler stopped by to chat about…