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Cloquet Train Rides on the Fourth

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Saw a sign for the train rides in Cloquet again this year on the Fourth of July. Saw some shots of the short rides last year in the Junction so I thought I would check them out with the family. My four year old son really enjoyed the ride.

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As part of Cloquet's Fourth of July celebration train rides were offered from Dunlap Island east toward the Sappi mill for the second year in a row. Equipment was provided by the Lake Superior Railroad Museum and they handled quite a few passengers by the looks of it.

CTRR 31 leads a strange mixed train consisting of an ore car, LSRM generator boxcar, bilevel and Soo caboose 1 over the St. Louis River. What the train may lack in looks, it made up for it in fun. Both Marcus and I each got our $2 worth on this ride in that Soo caboose.

It is not that easy to get a train on this bridge so was worth a shot after riding, making it the third passenger train for me over the holiday weekend.

Wish they would run these Fourth of July trips in the fall, when the light would be better for shots, but I suppose that won't happen!

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After the Fourth of July parade in Cloquet, Marcus said we better head right towards the train ride so we don't miss it (even though they ran 12:30-16:30).

He was right in his enthusiasm as the rides were lots of fun and well worth the $2 tickets.

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Even though it is slow, short ride, we really enjoyed the ride on the Cloquet Terminal on their Fourth of July train rides.

Can't say enough how friendly the CTRR people were around this train. Marcus exchanges a wave with the regular CTRR job just west of the Sappi paper mill.

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Cloquet Terminal 31 crosses the St. Louis River and heads back into Dunlap Island with one of the July 4th excursions.

The 31 is a SW1 built for the EJ&E in 1941 and has served around Cloquet since CTRR's predecessor Duluth & Northeastern bought it during dieselization in 1963-1964.

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CTRR 31 heads west with one of the Fourth of July train rides operated by the Cloquet Terminal (with help from Lake Sueprior RR Museum) as a fundraiser for the Kiwanis.

The Voyageur is an about 20' tall fiberglass statue on Cloquet's Dunlap Island.

The 31 is a SW1 built for the EJ&E in 1941 and has served around Cloquet since CTRR's predecessor Duluth & Northeastern bought it during dieselization in 1963-1964.

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Cloquet Terminal 31 leads the July 4th excursion train just east of the CTRR shops in Dunlap Island in Cloquet.

The Northeastern Hotel was built right beside the Duluth & Northeastern in 1903. It survived the terrible Cloquet fire of 1918 to remain standing today. It still is one of the two watering holes left on Dunlap Island. I can verify it still serves half of what is advertised on the brick wall. They no longer serve food.

The Duluth & Northeastern became the Cloquet Terminal in 2002.

The 31 is a SW1 built for the EJ&E in 1941 and has served around Cloquet since CTRR's predecessor Duluth & Northeastern bought it during dieselization in 1963-1964.

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Max looks ahead from Soo caboose 1 in Cloquet on July 4, 2011.

Was Max's job to babysit the LSRM equipment during the CTRR Fourth of July train trips. Looked like he was having fun with the CTRR guys.

Kevin Madsen
Superior, WI