Duluth steam operations planned for five late-summer weekends

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D&NE No. 28 on a chartered photo freight at Palmers in September 2017.
Steve Glischinski
DULUTH, Minn. – The North Shore Scenic Railroad and Lake Superior Railroad Museum have announced dates Duluth & Northeastern 2-8-0 No. 28 will operate this season. The Consolidation was returned to service in 2017 following a seven-year restoration effort.

No. 28 will power excursions between Duluth and Two Harbors, Minn., through five weekends in August and September. Trips will operate Aug. 17-19, Aug. 24-26, Aug. 31-Sept. 3, Sept. 7-9, and Sept. 14-16. Trains depart Duluth at 10 a.m. and lay over in Two Harbors for two hours. Return to Duluth is at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $54 for adults and $29 for children ages 3 to 13.

American Locomotive Co.’s Pittsburgh Works built the engine in 1906 for the Duluth, Missabe & Northern as No. 332. It was operated by successor Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range until 1955, when it was sold to short line Duluth & Northeastern based in Cloquet, which renumbered it 28. The locomotive remained in service on D&NE until 1964. It was donated to the museum in 1974.

This spring the museum is planning to conduct wheel work on No. 28. An inspection over the winter revealed that both tires on the number three axle driving wheels are not in proper position on the wheel. This spring the tires will be moved back into proper position, and a hub liner will be replaced while the wheel is off the locomotive.

The 27-mile North Shore Scenic Railroad between Duluth and Two Harbors is a former Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range line No. 28 once operated over in regular service.

For more information, go to www.northshorescenicrailroad.org.

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