Lake Superior Railroad Museum

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The museum is housed at the Duluth Depot.

The Lake Superior Railroad Museum (reporting mark LSRX)[1] is a railroad museum in Duluth, Minnesota.

The museum has seven steam, fourteen diesel and two electric locomotives, and over 40 other pieces of rolling stock. The collection includes the William Crooks, which became the first locomotive to operate in the state of Minnesota in 1861, and the Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range Railway Number 227, a 2-8-8-4 "Yellowstone" locomotive which was among the largest steam engines to ever operate.

The museum operates a heritage railroad called the North Shore Scenic Railroad.

The building in which the museum is housed is former Duluth Union Depot – now the Saint Louis County Heritage and Arts Center's Historic Union Depot; the building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The depot also houses the Duluth Arts Institute, Duluth Playhouse, the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra, and the Saint Louis County Historical Society.

Museum Collection[edit]

Steam Locomotives[edit]

Locomotive Type Built Retired Donated/Leased On Display Operational
Duluth and Northeastern #28 2-8-0 "Consolidation" 1906 1965 Donated 1974 NO In restoration
Minnesota Steel #7 0-4-0T "Tank Engine" 1915 Donated 1973 YES NO
St. Paul and Pacific #1 "William Crooks" 4-4-0 "American" 1861 1948 Loaned 1974 YES NO
Northern Pacific #2435 2-6-2 "Prairie" 1907 1954 Donated 1978 NO NO
Duluth and Northern Minnesota #14 2-8-2 "Mikado" 1913 1964 Donated 1992 YES 1992 - 1998
Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range #227 2-8-8-4 "Yellowstone" 1941 1960 Donated 1974 YES NO
Northern Pacific #1 "Minnetonka" 0-4-0T "Tank Engine" 1870 1948 Donated YES NO
Soo Line #2719 4-6-2 "Pacific" 1923 1959 Leased 2006 YES 2007 - 2013

Electric Locomotives[edit]

Locomotive Built Retired Donated/Leased On Display Operational
Hanna Iron Mining #307 1928 1968 Donated 1974 YES NO
Milwaukee Road #10200 1915 1974 Donated 1977 YES NO

Diesel Locomotives[edit]

Locomotive Type Built Retired Donated/Leased On Display Operational IMAGE
Soo Line #2500 FP7-A 1949 1986 Donated 1986 YES 1995 -
Soo Line 2500 Streamliner.JPG
Soo Line #700 GP-30 1963 2001 Donated 2001 YES 2005 -
Soo 700 PIZZA TRAIN.JPG
Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range #193 SD-18 1960 1998 Donated 1998 YES 2002 -
DMIR 193.JPG
Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range #316 SD-M 1960 2008 Donated 2008 YES 2008 -
DMIR 316 Duluth.JPG
Great Northern #192 NW5 1947 1996 Purchased 1996 YES 1999 -
GN 192 Duluth.JPG
Duluth, South Shore & Atlantic #101 Alco RS1 1945 2002 Leased 2002 YES 2009 -
Erie Mining Company #4211 F9A 1956 2001 Donated 2002 YES 2003 -
Erie Mining 4211.JPG
Erie Mining Company #4222 F9B 1956 2001 Donated 2006 YES NO
Erie Mining Company #7243 S12 1956 1992 Donated 1992 YES NO
Oliver Iron Mining #900 HH1000 1940 1973 Donated 1974 YES YES
Hallett Dock Company #11 H-10-44 1946 2005 Donated 2005 YES YES
Northern Pacific #3617 SD45 1967 1987/again 2007 Donated 2007 NO NO

Passenger Cars[edit]

Car Type Operating Number Car Name Railroad Company
Coach 33 Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range
Coach 19 Exhibit Car Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range
Coach 68 China Car Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range
Coach 517 Minnesota II Northern Pacific
Coach 1115 Great Northern
Coach 1116 Great Northern
Coach 517 Northern Pacific
Observation 390 Rainier Club Northern Pacific
Business Northland Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range
Business Missabe Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range
Dining 1250 Lake of the Isles Great Northern
Baggage 66 Spokane, Portland and Seattle
Baggage 1000 Lake Superior Museum of Transportation
Baggage 257 Great Northern
Baggage 255 Gallery Car Northern Pacific
Combination W-24 Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range
Railroad Post Office 1447 Northern Pacific
Parlor/Lounge 6700 Chicago and Northwestern
Bi-Level Coach 51 Chicago and Northwestern
Bi-Level Coach 222 Chicago and Northwestern
Bi-Level Coach 321 Chicago and Northwestern
Vista Dome 250 Silver Club Chicago, Burlington, & Quincy (Burlington Route)
Rail-Diesel Car (RDC) 9169 North Shore Scenic Railroad
Rail-Diesel Car (RDC) 712 Alaska Railroad

Cabooses[edit]

Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range #C9

Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range #C12

Duluth, Winnipeg and Pacific #76923

Soo Line #99017

Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range #C205

Great Northern #X452

Northern Pacific #1311

Soo Line #1

Service Equipment[edit]

Northern Pacific Rotary Snow Plow #2 - Built 1887

Burlington Northern Steam Powered Wrecker #D161 - Built 1915

Northern Pacific Wedge Snowplow #19 - Built 1907

Northern Pacific Steam Powered Wrecker #38 - Built 1913

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Railinc, Search MARKs, accessed September 2009

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 46°46′53″N 92°06′14″W / 46.7814°N 92.1039°W / 46.7814; -92.1039