All aboard! North Shore Scenic Railroad begins its 2021 season

The railroad offers several excursions throughout the summer for kids and adults.
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The North Shore Scenic Railroad is leaving the station for the season. 

After a shortened season last summer due to the pandemic, the popular Duluth-based railroad began its season on Friday with its Duluth Zephyr and Music and Pizza Train excursions.

The Duluth Zephyr is the shortest excursion, staying in the City of Duluth, and the Music and Pizza Train is a 2.5-hour evening ride that runs 32 miles up the North Shore and back. 

The railroad's excursions depart the historic Duluth Union Depot, which is also home to the Lake Superior Railroad Museum. Capacity will be limited to 75% to start the summer, the website says (up from 50%), but the railroad may increase capacity depending on how things go with the pandemic.

“There exists a lot of pent-up demand — we can see that in our online ticket sales,” General Manager Ken Buehler told the Duluth News Tribune. “I’m optimistic about this summer being very good.”

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Later this summer, popular routes return, including the Two Harbors Turn, which begins July 2 and offers a full-day trip in which you stop in Two Harbors for lunch and touring, and then head back to Duluth. 

And events that were canceled last year due to the pandemic will return, including the extremely popular Day Out with Thomas in August. 

There will also be the Grandma's Marathon Viewer on June 19, the Murder on the Disoriented Express, elegant dinner trains, and the return of the dome car (a glass-ceiling car). 

The railroad also bought a SkyView dome car that seats more people, the Duluth News Tribune notes. It bought it earlier this year and is just one of 30 ever made. 

You can find the train schedule and make reservations here

Duluth is home to two scenic railroads. The other is the Lake Superior and Mississippi Railroad, which runs along the St. Louis River. It's closed this year due to cleanup at the U.S. Steel Superfund site, but will return in 2022, the website says. 

Bring Me The News has reached out to North Shore Scenic Railroad for more details on this season.

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