North Shore Scenic Railroad

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…

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…

Hundreds Take Part in Day of Caring Event

Volunteers were seen up and down the railroad tracks of the North Shore Scenic Railroad

DULUTH, Minn.- Hundreds of volunteers fanned out across Duluth today for the United Way’s Day of Caring. Volunteers walked a three mile stretch along the Lakewalk on the North Shore Scenic Railroad and picked up trash and debris preventing it from getting into Lake Superior. Two volunteers we spoke to said making Duluth look clean is important, but with Grandma’s…

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…

All Aboard for First Train Ride of the Season

North Shore Scenic Railroad opens their 30th Anniversary Season.

DULUTH, Minn.- The trains at the Depot have officially made their first down the North Shore Scenic Railroad, travelling to Lakeside. Organizers said it’s a nice way to start the season. “We spent a lot of time making sure we have train excursions that appeal to everyone,” Josh Miller, Station Manager said. “We have our daytime and short ride for…

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…

Talks Continue for Duluth-Minneapolis Rail Line

Amtrak and City of Duluth update each other

DULUTH, Minn.- Talks are continuing to move forward for a passenger rail line between Duluth and the Twin Cities. This past week, the North Shore Scenic Railroad hosted a representative from Amtrak, who met with Mayor Emily Larson, Councilor Noah Hobbs, and other city officials about the Northern Lights Express idea. The new train would add Duluth to the 500-city…

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…

Who Whacked Willy Wonka? Find Out on the North Shore Scenic Railroad

This Murder Mystery can be solved on the Disoriented Express train ride at the North Shore Scenic Railroad

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s a Murder Mystery all aboard the North Shore Scenic Railroad. While aboard the Disoriented Express, passengers must figure out Who Whacked Willy Wonka. A crew of actors aboard are interacting with the audience giving clues and playing part in the Murder Mystery. This adult night-out is a two and a half hour train ride, including a four-course…

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…

Locomotive Luminary Lands at the Depot

Thomas and Percy Roll In for Day Out With Thomas

Duluth, Minn- Duluth Children (and train lovers), rejoice! Thomas the Tank Engine and his pal, Percy have arrived at the Depot. For now the engines are exhausted from their excursion to get here. They’re resting, gearing up for their big debuts at the Day Out with Thomas this Friday. The trains will be ready for rides and all type of…

Thomas Makes His Way to the Duluth Depot

Final Preparations for Day Out with Thomas

Duluth, Minn.- Thomas the Tank Engine and his friend Percy are on their way back for some summer fun at the Duluth Depot. Crews with the North Shore Scenic Railroad have been preparing for the big arrival since December. So far 10,000 tickets have already been sold out of the 18,000 tickets expected to be purchased over the next two…

Putt Putt Railcars Chug Into Duluth!

Jump In! The Old Railcars Are Back For Recreation!

DULUTH, Minn. — The North American Railcar Operator’s Association chugged into Duluth Monday morning! The little putt putt’s ride along the railways and travel across the United States and Canada. “Remember the hand pump that today’s generation would see in a cartoon’s, this is the successor to those.” explained Hal Johnson, a member of the North American Rail Car Operator’s…

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…

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,…

New Stop Added on North Shore Scenic Railroad

Right now the trip is just a trial run.

DULUTH, Minn.- The North Shore Scenic Railroad goes from Duluth to Two Harbors. This summer a new stop will be made along the way. A special Knife River train ride is now available. Officials say they’re dipping their toes into the idea offering a trial Picnic Train. The day trip will include time to explore the beach, Lake Superior, and…

North Shore Scenic Railroad Officials Seek New Conductors

Conductor Classes are Open at All

DULUTH, Minn. – If you’ve ever wanted to contribute to the history and legacy of the North Shore Scenic Railroad now is your chance. The North Shore Scenic Railroad is always looking for more volunteers, and now they’re looking for new conductors. Railroad officials are holding a series of classes for those interested in the task. They are starting up…

Christmas City Express Arrives In Duluth

Christmas City Express Has Been Around for 25 Years

DULUTH, Minn. -All aboard! Who’s ready for the Christmas City Express? The holiday train ride from Fitgers’s to the North Shore Scenic Railroad started about seven years ago. It tells the story of a young girl headed to Duluth to visit her grandmother for Christmas, but a few things get in her way. The performance piece has turned into a…

Christmas City Express Ranked One of 10 Best Christmas Trains in America

Annual Train Ride Begins Friday

DULUTH, Minn. – A holiday season staple in the Northland is now chugging down the tracks with a big title. Web portal MSN has named the Christmas City Express of the North Shore Scenic Railroad one of the 10 best Christmas train rides in America. The ride received this honor due to a combination of the train ride and the…

North Shore Scenic Railroad Prepares Trains for Winter

Northland Uncovered: Transitioning Trains for Cold Months

DULUTH, Minn. – As the leaves continue to fall of trees and temperatures stay chilly, many of us are getting ready for winter. Some museums in town are also making a transition for the cold months. North Shore Scenic Railroad officials tell us they need to use several hundred gallons of antifreeze to get all the radiators ready for winter….

Train Ride Leads to Hidden Pumpkin Patch

Coffee Conversation: Pumpkin Patch Express

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend the Pumpkin Patch Express at the North Shore Scenic Railroad will be bringing families to a secret field to find the perfect pumpkin. There will be narration during the train ride and a chance to pick out a pumpkin at the destination. At the depot there will be magic shows, coloring, movies, bounce houses and…

Thomas and Percy Take Over the North Shore Scenic Railroad

For the Next Two Weekends, Thomas the Tank Engine and His Friend Percy will be Chugging Throught the Northland

DULUTH, Minn. – Thousands are expected to welcome two special guests to the Northland this weekend all the way from the Island of Sodor. The largest crowd ever is anticipated this year for the “Day Out With Thomas,” at the North Shore Scenic Railroad. “We’re very fortunate to have Thomas back with us again this summer for the Friendship Tour…

Railroad Museum to Celebrate Locomotive #28 with “Steam Weekend”

Northland Uncovered: Lake Superior Railroad Museum

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend Northlanders and tourists will have the chance to hit the rails of the North Shore Scenic Railroad with a very special locomotive in charge. Steam power is back in the Northland with the restoration of locomotive #28. The train will take passengers to Two Harbors and will stay in town for about two hours. Passengers will…

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…