North Shore Scenic Railroad to operate ‘streamliner’ excursion with F units

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Soo Line FP7 No. 2500A and Erie Mining Co. F9 No. 4211 team up for a previous excursion along the Duluth waterfront.
Steve Glischinski
DULUTH, Minn. – The Lake Superior Railroad Museum’s North Shore Scenic Railroad will operate Soo Line FP7 No. 2500A and Erie Mining Co. F9 No. 4211 on a Streamliner Special round trip from Duluth to Two Harbors on July 14.

The one-day excursion will commemorate the 134th anniversary of the first load of iron ore bring delivered to Two Harbors by rail. On July 31, 1884, the first shipment of iron ore moved on the Duluth & Iron Range Rail Road from the Soudan Mine near present-day Tower to Two Harbors pulled by 2-8-0 No. 8.

No. 2500A was built as an EMD demonstrator in 1949, and was purchased by the Soo Line in 1950. It was donated to the Lake Superior Railroad Museum in 1986 and restored to operating condition by museum volunteers in 1995.

EMD built No. 4211 in May 1956 as Erie Mining No. 101. It was used to move taconite pellets processed at Erie’s plant in Hoyt Lakes plant over its 73-mile private railroad to Taconite Harbor, where they were loaded on lake boats. The last train carrying pellets produced before the plant was closed ran on June 22, 2001, and was led by No. 4211. The last train to be operated was an 82-car trainload of pellet “chips” (broken and non-spec pellets) on July 19, 2001, and was also led by the 4211. The unit was donated to the museum in 2002.

In addition to the F units, the train will include Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range heavyweight business car Northland. The car is normally only operated on charters and special occasions, so this is a rare chance to ride the car, which was built by Pullman in 1916. Also in the train will be Burlington dome car Silver Club, Great Northern streamlined coaches Nos. 1115 and 1116, GN-painted baggage/power car No. 1109, and DM&IR heavyweight coach No. 33.

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