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Tourist Railroads

[G2:1557 n=1 frame=none size=640]When the DM&IR quit operations on their line between Duluth and Two Harbors in the early 1980s, it looked as if the track would be pulled up to make way for Interstate 35. Fortunately, the line was saved and today is the foundation for the North Shore Scenic Railroad, a tourist line operated by the Lake Superior Railroad Museum. Using equipment from its collection, the museum offers rides along the line from May-October with daily passenger operation during the peak Memorial Day through Labor Day tourist season. Trains depart from the historic Union Depot in downtown Duluth (both long and short trips are offered). Many scenic trestles along the line provide the rail photographer with a nice backdrop (follow the North Shore Scenic Highway, old highway 61, between Duluth and Two Harbors). CN (DM&IR) does retain trackage rights over this line but seldom uses them.

Radio 160.920
Information: (800) 423-1273
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[G2:1555 n=1 frame=none size=257]Duluth's first excursion railroad is the Lake Superior & Mississippi Railroad. Operating across from the Lake Superior Zoo in West Duluth, this all-volunteer operation runs on weekends during the summer. The LS&M has been in operation since 1981 and travels on the remnants of Duluth's first rail line along the St. Louis River (donated by BN to the city in 1977). Equipment for the railroad consists of a 46-ton GE center-cab diesel, former DM&IR passenger cars, and an open-air observation flat car.

Radio 160.380
Information: (218) 624-7549
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