Duluth & Iron Range Depot Museum
As its name implies this museum is housed inside the town of Two Harbor's restored Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range depot. They have a large collection of historic displays on-hand as well as a small fleet of rolling stock, which includes Duluth & Iron Range 2-6-0 #3 built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1883. The depot museum is part of the larger Lake County Historical Society complex that includes the Edna G. Tugboat, 3M Museum, and Two Harbors Light Station.
Kandiyohi County Historical Society
historical society has preserved the former Great Northern depot in
Willmar, which is now home to a library and exhibits. Along with
railroad artifacts there is displays relating to military and
agricultural history among others. Finally, the museum houses preserved
GN 4-8-2 #2523 under-shed, built by Baldwin in 1923.
Lake Superior & Mississippi Railroad
The Lake Superior & Mississippi Railroad based in Duluth
operates on trackage that was originally built by the railroad known as
the Lake Superior & Mississippi Railroad, later owned by Northern
Pacific. Today, this 1 1/2-hour ride also is available to large groups
and for charter.
Lake Superior Railroad Museum
This museum, located in Duluth at the town's beautifully restored Union Station, is the state's largest such facility featuring an impressive display of artifacts, exhibits, and rolling stock on the premises. They are also home to the popular North Shore Scenic Railroad. The museum is open throughout much of the year and certainly worth the visit!
Part of the Minnesota Transportation Museum in Minneapolis, this small depot is the restored Milwaukee Road facility that once served that town. The MTM includes numerous displays and pieces of rolling stock on its property, which includes the Osceola & St. Croix Valley excursion train, Jackson Street Roundhouse, and Twin City Line classic buses. To learn more please visit the MTM's website.
North Shore Scenic Railroad
The North Shore Scenic Railroad is part of the Lake Superior Railroad Museum and is the state's most popular tourist train. The 26-mile route was originally part of the Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range and today the railroad operates its trains using both steam and diesel locomotives, along with featuring special trains and events throughout the season.
Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway
Based out of Osceola, Wisconsin, right along the border with Minnesota this tourist railroad is operated by the Minnesota Transportation Museum with a typical operating season running between May and October. Their longest excursion is a 20-mile round trip and passengers are onboard for nearly two hours. They offer a wide range of special holiday excursions and brunch/dinner trains.
The Depot Visitors Center And Railroad Museum
This museum, located in Wadena, is housed inside the Northern Pacific's restored brick depot here. Inside there are exhibits and historic displays while tours are also given of the premises. Finally, there is a gift shop (even wireless Wi-Fi internet connections are available!) and the group continues its restoration of the property. They are open from late May through September. To learn more about the museum and visit the location please visit their website.
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