You will travel the entire route of the North Shore Scenic Railroad’s track to the end of the line in Two Harbors. There you will have a delightful stop stay in the beautiful lakeside town, while you shop, eat, and explore. The train reboards around 2:30, and before your return to the Duluth Depot.
This is a full day excursion and a chance to see the whole railroad line. Free shuttle buses in Two Harbors are provided most days for you to get around town easily. Information on restaurants and things to do while in town are provided on the train.
Entrance to the Lake Superior Railroad Museum is included with your ticket prior to departure. Doors open at 9am. The Two Harbors train excursion is subject to delays to due Canadian National Railway (CN) freight traffic. Please consider this when making plans for after the train ride. Delays are rare, but can be an hour or more.
This trip is not wheelchair accessible due to the historic nature of the railroad equipment. Pets are not allowed. Ages 2 and under are free and do not need a ticket. All tickets are round-trip. Most excursions are powered by diesel-electric locomotives.
KNIFE RIVER PICINIC TRAIN
Travel to the North Shore village of Knife River aboard the railroad's historic Rail Diesel Car on this special excursion limited to only 60 passengers.
Upon arrival, guests can choose a walking tour to some historic railroad ruins (good footwear required), walk to the beautiful beach, or visit some of the local shops in Knife River.
Tickets INCLUDE a box lunch, which will be served shortly after some recreation time. If the weather is good, there is some time to explore after lunch, or the train will head back to Duluth.
Schedule for the day: 10am - Depart Duluth, attached to the Two Harbors excursion 11am - Arrive Knife River, detaching from the other train. Explore Knife River, have lunch, and enjoy the day. 12:30-1:30pm - Depart Knife River for Duluth (depends on weather) 2-2:30pm - Arrive back to Duluthth
Unfortunately due to the historic nature of this excursion, this is not yet a wheelchair accessible excursion. Children 2 and under are free and simply ride along and do not need a reservation. Pets are not allowed on this excursion.
Box lunches will be assorted flavors (Turkey, Ham, etc). Please make note in the "comments" field if you wish for a vegetarian, vegan, or gluten free meal.
First Class Option: Ride in the private railcar called "Dagny Taggart" a round-ended observation sleeper car. Each pair of guests gets their own "roomette" suite as well as a nice lounge for the select group of 6 people + 1 car attendant to enjoy.
THE DULUTH ZEPHYR
Our most popular trip, this excursion brings you through downtown Duluth, a little way up the North Shore, through Congdon Park, and to the neighborhood of Lakeside, where the train stops briefly to turn around. The perfect standard trip for you and your family, lasts about 1 hour and 15 minutes, covering about six miles each way.
First Class Option: Ride in the Dome Car and enjoy the unique upstairs viewing area, with an attendant designated just for you. Space is limited to just 24 passengers per trip, but you have the entire Dome Car (including the downstairs lounge) to yourself. Enjoy complimentary snacks and drinks while you experience the spectacular views from above in the Dome Car. Note: Due to the historic nature of the traincar, First Class seats are not wheelchair accessible. Children ages 0-13 must purchase tickets for first class (2 and under are free in coach only), and must be supervised at all times while on the train for the courtesy of other passengers. All passengers in first class are expected to behave in a first class fashion for the respect of other patrons.
Coach Seats: Ride in one of several historic coaches. Some have open windows, some have air conditioning/heat, it is up to you! All seats are general boarding, so you are free to explore the train for the perfect seat. A concession car is also available to enjoy that has large open-air doors. Children ages 2 and under are free and do not need tickets for coach.
Reservations are strongly recommended but not required for this excursion. Tickets may be purchased up to 20 minutes prior to departure. This train can sell out, so it is recommended to pre-purchase your tickets.
This train is Wheelchair Accessible most days, but there are no wheelchair accessible restrooms (and first class is not accessible). Wheelchairs are lifted into the concession/open car. Pets are not allowed. All tickets are round-trip. There are restrooms on the train.
Children: Ages are 3-13 in Coach. Ages 2 and under are free in coach and do not need a ticket/reservation. All passengers in First Class (ages 0+) must purchase a ticket.
Doors close 2 minutes prior to departure for safety checks. Any passengers who arrive after this time will not be permitted to board and will not receive a refund.
CABOOSE CREWZ PACKAGE
Ride for a flat rate fee for up to 10 people in the caboose, attached to the Duluth Zephyr, 75 minute ride. Enjoy the narrated tour, while exploring and climbing in the caboose. A cooler of soda/water and chips are available to you, included with the ride.
You can have anywhere from 1 person to 10 people on the ride, for the flat-rate fee of $175 for the trip. The caboose is not accessible to/from the rest of the train. So riders are confined to the caboose and it is a private space, along with a car attendant who will ride with everyone to answer questions and assure your safety.
Please note that this is a historic working caboose. It is not a luxurious Pullman car. It is the chance to experience what life is like for the workers on the railroad.
Unfortunately, due to the historic nature of the caboose, this is not a wheelchair accessible ride. However, folks with limited mobility can access the caboose with 3 short steps to enter the lower level of the caboose.
A cooler of non-alcoholic beverages is available for caboose passengers, and light snacks (chips/candy).
Admission to the Lake Superior Railroad Museum is included with a purchase of a "caboose crewz package" for you and your group.
ELEGANT DINNER TRAIN
Chefs from the area's finest restaurants prepare unique menus onboard our Lake of the Isles Dining Car. Enjoy delicious cuisine and beautiful scenery along the Lakefront Line. Reservations are required for these excursions. Elegant dining in the grand railroad tradition! Menu selections are made on the next page, and are listed below.
The Dinner Train consists of the Dining Car and the Dome-Lounge, where you can visit before or after dinner for a unique place to enjoy the passing scenery.
Due to the historic nature of the railroad equipment, this is not a wheelchair accessible excursion. Children 10 and under are not recommended. Suggested attire is business casual. Admission to the Railroad Museum is included with your ticket on the same day of departure (if you come early).
MENU SELECTIONS 2020:
Zenith City Beef Wellington
Northwoods Pork Loin
Fresh Italian Pesto Penne Pasta (vegetarian)
MidCoast Falafel (vegan) - with cucumbers, mixed greens, pickled onions, and a vegan tzatziki
All foods locally sourced when possible, and proudly crafted by Executive Chef Jonathan Reznick & Mid-Coast Catering.
All meals served with appetizers, MidCoast house salad of mixed greens, goat cheese, cranberries, candied pecans, balsamic vinegar. Along with Savory Bread Basket, coffee, and dessert of French style Chocolate Pot de crème, all included. Beef and Pork are accompanied by Duchess Potatoes and Chef’s choice vegetables. Foods locally sourced when possible, by Executive Chef Jonathan Reznick & Mid-Coast Catering.
Tables in the Diner are seats of 4, so this is a perfect double date! If you have another party you would like to sit with, please make a comment on the reservation. ex: “seat with the Smiths”
MUSIC AND PIZZA TRAIN
A 2.5 hour evening excursion up the North Shore of Lake Superior. Enjoy pizza and fun for the whole family! A Domino's Pizza and a soda for each person is included with your ticket fare, and on the way back enjoy live music in the baggage/concession car!
A cash bar of beer and wine is also available on most excursions.
Reservations are required for this excursion by 2pm on the day of the excursion.
This trip is wheelchair accessible in an open aired car (limited space), but there are no wheelchair accessible restrooms on the train. Pets are not allowed. Ages 2 and under are free and do not need a ticket. All tickets are round-trip, coach-only excursion. There are restrooms on the train.
Dome-Car seats (Available on select trips M-W): For an additional fee, you can gain access to our Silver Club Vista Dome Car, with a limited number of passengers per trip with better viewing and comfortableseats. This is generally only available on select trains Monday-Wednesdays in August.
PRIVATE TRAINCAR DINNER EXPERIENCE
Ride aboard the Dagny Taggart, a private Loungecar: Available on select excursions only. This sleeper-lounge observation car called the "Dagny Taggart" is available as a "1 ticket for up to 6 people" experience.
You'll have a private dinner at the dining table onboard. Enjoy the beautiful lounge area, and even explore the sleeping roomettes, complete with your own designated attendant.
Only 1 ticket flat rate for up to 6 people. Please specify in the comments how many people you have.
The dinner for all guests by default is:
Zenith City Beef Wellington:
Begin with a delicious appetizer plate, Savory bread basket, MidCoast house salad of mixed greens, goat cheese, cranberries, candied pecans, balsamic vinaigrette.
Then, enjoy Beef Wellington, topped with buttery Bearnaise sauce – all served medium-rare. Served with Duchess Potatoes and Chef’s choice vegetables.
Top of the meal with a yummy french style Chocolate Pot de crème, coffee included.
If any parties have dietary restrictions or preferences, please specify in the comments. Vegetarian and vegan options are available.
North Shore Scenic Railroad
506 West Michigan Street
Duluth Minnesota 55802