Common Questions From Passengers
Depends on the excursion you choose. Our daily Duluth Zephyr trip goes about six miles up the track to the Lakeside neighborhood of Duluth. The Music and Pizza train and the Summer Barbecue train travel up to around Knife River, about 17 miles, before heading back to the Depot. A full routemap can be found here.
Yes. Restrooms are available on all excursions, except holiday/Christmas winter short trips
Pets are not allowed on any excursions or in the museum. Service animals, as defined by the Americans with disabilities act (ada), are allowed in/on trains and Lake Superior Railroad Museum. Service animals are animals that are individually trained to perform tasks for people with disabilities – such as guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling wheelchairs, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, or performing other special tasks. This does not include therapy or emotional support dogs.
The trains operate rain or shine.
You are welcome to bring snacks and nonalcoholic beverages on the train. However, we do have a concession car where those items will be available and we encourage passengers to take advantage of that.
Strollers are not permitted on the trains due to space limitations. The operating conductor on duty has the authority to approve or deny the loading of any items such as strollers, bags, suitcases, etc. Strollers are suggested to be left in a vehicle or at the station, where they can be parked near the ticket office for pickup after the excursion.
Seating is not assigned for most excursions, and works on a first come, first served basis. You are welcome to sit with any other groups you come with. Seats are assigned on dinner trains and some first-class trips.
There is parking for RV’s located across the highway from the Depot at the DECC (Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center). It is about a 10-15 minute walk away. More information can be found here.
There are two paid parking ramps on both sides of the Duluth Depot building. There is a “Train Passenger” lot which is FREE and has limited parking available. This is the best place to park, but if this lot is full, utilize the two city-operated parking ramps. More information and directions can be found here.