‘Northern Lights Express’ Supporters Hopeful For Federal Funding

DULUTH, Minn. — Backers of high-speed rail service from Duluth to Minneapolis are hopeful President Joe Biden’s new infrastructure proposal could make the rail project finally happen. The Northern Lights Express project has stalled for years because of a lack of funding. It’ll cost $500 to $600 million to complete, and supporters hope $80 billion in funding for rail projects…

Lake Superior Railroad Museum Gearing Up For Reopen

"I think when people come back they will be surprised and very very happy with what we have done," Buehler says. 

DULUTH, Minn. – With plans to reopen April first, the Lake Superior Railroad Museum is getting the chance to make some much-needed changes. “Right now when people come in they will be able to come to the brand new ticket window here in the lobby of the north shore scenic railroad. Be able to buy train tickets for the north…

North Shore Scenic Railroad Thinking Ahead To Fall and Christmas Season

Right now, the North Shore Scenic Railroad is one of the only railways operating in the Midwest during the pandemic. 

DULUTH, Minn. – The North Shore Scenic Railroad in Duluth has been open since July 1st. They are currently operating at 50% capacity and about 70% of those tickets have been selling. Railroad management is unsure if trains will be departing this Fall and Christmas season. “An older group comes for fall colors. Whether or not those people travel, is…

Lake Superior & Mississippi Railroad Officially Shuts Down, Optimistic About 2021 Season

The Lake Superior and Mississippi Railroad has been in operation since 1985. 

DULUTH, Minn. – Covid-19 is officially derailing the Lake Superior and Mississippi Railroad’s Season. Organizers say, they simply can’t operate safely during the pandemic in part because of a volunteer staff which are all considered in the high-risk category. The railroad’s president says the closure is a disappointment. “Because our people enjoy doing this. We enjoy sharing the ride with…

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…

Hop Aboard the Christmas City Express This Holiday Season

The Christmas City Express will Open for Passengers Friday, November 23 and Close Saturday, December 22

DULUTH, Minn. – What better way to see the holiday sights of the Northland than aboard the Christmas City Express. Starting Friday, November 23, passengers are welcome to purchase tickets to experience the magical excursion. New this year, trains will board and depart at the Duluth Depot. The holiday fun of the Christmas City Express begins in the Lake Superior Railroad Museum….

Lake Superior & Mississippi Railroad Calls for More Volunteers

Historic Railroad Rides Expected to Start in June

DULUTH, Minn. – History will be chugging down the tracks once again this summer as the Lake Superior and Mississippi Railroad enters its 38th season. The original LS&M built the first railroad into Duluth in the 1870s. Train rides are expected to begin June 23 and now they’re looking for volunteers. There will be a meeting discussing opportunities for new…

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,…

Lake Superior Railroad Museum On Track With Railcar Restoration Projects

Most of the work is expected to be done by May 1

DULUTH, Minn. – Four major restoration projects with the Lake Superior Railroad Museum (LSRM) are gearing up to hit the tracks. Volunteers are putting in overtime to make it all happen and get the rail cars ready for the summer season. These rail cars travel along the shorelines of lake superior all the way to two harbors. The next time…

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 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 Timekeepers Featured at Lake Superior Railroad Museum

Northland Uncovered: Railroad Watch History

DULUTH, Minn – Railroad tracks cover thousands of miles throughout Minnesota including routes for freight rail, passenger rail and rail transit. Back in the day, railroad companies helped many industries throughout the area to grow and prosper. The trains are on time at the Duluth Depot thanks to a new exhibit featuring the watches responsible for railroad success. “It allows…