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Saturday June 16, 2018
Depart Time Name  
5:45 AM Grandmas Marathon Viewing Train Coach Seats First Class     SOLD OUT
Watch Grandmas Marathon in the most unique and comfortable way, onboard the coaches of the North Shore Scenic Railroad.

The train will be at the starting time with enough time to find your favorite runner, and watch the start of the race. We will then parallel the race course and keep pace with the lead runners for the first few miles, before we head back to Duluth so you can get to the finish line in time for the first marathoners to cross.

A truly unique experience you won't want to miss!

All First Class seats include a hot breakfast, snacks, dessert, Mary's Bloody Marys and other beverages of choice. Additionally a dome-lounge car will be available for you to wander in and relax for a unique vantage point on the race. Coach seats include complimentary doughnuts and coffee, and additional beverages available for sale. All tickets are round-trip.

Please note that all First Class seats are tables of 4 and couples or individuals will be seated with other passengers.

Planned Schedule for 2018:
5:45am: Depart Duluth Union Depot, enjoy food and drinks on the way to the starting line.
7:30am: Watch the race begin! Follow alongside the elite runners for the first few miles of the race
8:30-9:00: Option to de-board for Canal Park to catch the first Finishers of the race.
9:00am: Return to Duluth Depot.


Due to the nature of this excursion and limited seating, all passengers must be ticketed, including babies and children. We are sorry but this is not a wheelchair accessible event due to the nature of the historic rail equipment.

3:00 PM The Duluth Zephyr Coach Seats First Class Dome     SOLD OUT

Our most popular trip, this excursion brings you through downtown Duluth, a little way up the North Shore, through the majestic North Woods, to the neighborhood of Lakeside, and finally to the Lester River, where the train stops to turn around. The perfect standard trip for you and your family, lasts about 90 minutes.

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 (in coach, 2 and under are free), and must be supervised at all times while on the train for the courtesy of other passengers.

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 30 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.

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.

6:30 PM Music and Pizza Train Coach       SOLD OUT

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.

This trip is wheelchair accessible in an open aired car (limited space), but there are no handicap 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.