|North Shore Scenic Railroad - the diesel engine, open air car, and part of the converted boxcar that serves as a concession stand.|
With this in mind, I invited some of my young friends - Silas and Oren - along with their mom - my good friend Amanda to take a day outing to ride the North Shore Scenic Railroad based in Duluth. I had often seen this train go down the shore when I lived in Duluth many years back, but never had a chance to try it out.
|Oren and Amanda at the playground|
|Silas "drives" the ship at the playground.|
We started our day in Duluth with a leg-stretching stop at the playground near the Great Lakes Aquarium. After this, Silas wanted to take me out (he had a pocket full of change) to Red Lobster - I suspect that the lobster tank was the main attraction since we spent quite a bit of time examining its inhabitants.
|Waiting in line to board - the double decker car is in the background.|
|Oren and Silas are ready to start their adventure.|
|I can't recall the name, but the tour operator said this ship is currently the largest on the Great Lakes.|
|Oren acts as super ship spotter while Silas points out the smaller craft.|
The trip lasted 90 minutes - including time spent on the siding as the engine moved from one end of the train to the other to head back to the station. We used this time to explore some of the other cars - including a trip to the concession car which has been converted from a boxcar. I have to admit that when reading the Boxcar Children books as a child, I always imagined the boxcar as much smaller - no wonder they thought it would make a good house. We spend the last part of our trip in the most elegant (and coolest) car watching Duluth slip by.
After some time exploring the adjacent museum and the engines and cars you could actually enter and explore (my favorite was the incredibly high seat in the snowplow engine), we were all ready for the trip home.
|Our drive home featured some interesting cloud formations!|