Donation Options

Our Current Fundraising Campaigns

  • Lake Superior Railroad Museum Foundation

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    The Lake Superior Railroad Museum's Foundation has a mission to secure the future of our museum, by investing today to preserve yesterday’s memories for tomorrow’s generations.

    With a donation, a monthly, or annual commitment, or a legacy gift to the Lake Superior Railroad Museum Foundation, you can continue the efforts of so many others who understand, as you do, that the Railroads of America helped to build America.

    To learn more about larger donations or estate planning. Please contact us directly! Ken Buehler at 218-733-7502

  • Contribute an extra buck to the Shop Fund

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    shopThis railroad is fortunate to have hundreds of dedicated volunteers who keep our historic trains in the best shape possible. Ongoing efforts to restore and repair these trains requires funds to buy parts and complete projects.

    A few extra dollars contributed today can have lasting effects for future generations. Please consider a donation to the shop projects.

    Inside the Draper Maintenance Facility at the Railroad Museum, there is always a project going on, currently with a repair on a very important GP30 locomotive, a cosmetic restoration for a unique steam locomotive display, as well as safety repairs on the open-air car used on excursions. 

  • General Railroad Museum Donation

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    Support the Lake Superior Railroad Museum with a donation to our general fund. Donations sent here go to the general operating funds of the museum and are usually allocated towards projects that support the mission of the museum to Preserve, interpret, and present to the public, the history of railroading, especially as it relates to the area.

     The best way to support is by becoming a member, but if you don't want to do that, this is a great place to donate and remain anonymous.

  • Restoring MNS #11

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    Locomotive MNS #11 has been slated for cosmetic restoration to restore it to its original Minnesota, Northfield, & Southern (MNS) livery in the coming year.

    Retired as Hallett Dock #11, it was donated to the Lake Superior Railroad Museum in 2005. It is one of only three remaining intact models of this locomotive type in existence and served its entire operating life in Minnesota.

    Your support will go directly into a fund for the restoration of this special engine to its original look when it entered service in 1946. Contributions to this project go directly to its designated fund, and work is planned over the 2023-2024 winter. At the same time, we will do an inspection to potentially get it operational again. But for now, it is planned a cosmetic restoration for display.


  • Car 19 Restoration

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    There are many interesting and historic artifacts in the collection of the Lake Superior Railroad Museum. How they came to be here starts with the two railroads that turned Northeastern Minnesota into the world’s largest iron mine. Car #19 tells that story and is now in need of restoration.