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The Duluth Depot, Duluth

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4.2/5 based on 70+ reviews on the web
The Duluth Depot is a historic train station in Duluth, Minnesota, United States. The union station was built in 1892, served seven different rail lines, and accommodated 5,000 passengers. In 1973 it re-opened as the St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center, housing the Duluth Art Institute, Lake Superior Railroad Museum (which operates the North Shore Scenic Railroad), St. Louis County Historical Society Museum, a Veteran's Memorial Hall, and five performing arts organizations. Amtrak (the National Railroad Passenger Corporation) provided rail service to the station from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s.DescriptionThe Depot is located at 506 West Michigan Avenue in the shadow of the elevated I-35, which runs immediately southeast of the depot. (On the southeast side of the Duluth Harbor Basin of Lake Superior.) The depot is easily accessible from northeast bound I-35 by way of the Michigan Avenue interchange (exit 256A). It is also fairly accessible from southwest bound I-35 by way of the Lake Avenue/5th Avenue West interchange (exit 256B). (However, since West Michigan Avenue is a one-way street, vehicular traffic must turn northwest onto South 5th Avenue West, southwest onto West Superior Street, and then southeast onto South 6th Avenue West before reaching West Michigan Avenue.) The station has one side platform and three island platforms that provide access to its seven tracks. The outer southeast active track is utilized by the North Shore Scenic Railroad, with the remainder being used to display various trains and train cars by the Lake Superior Railroad Museum.
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  • The history of trains and the people who came to Duluth. A nice ride on the North Shore Scenic railroad. 
  • I'd stopped at the Duluth Depot before and I agree with all the other reviews: A must see if you're at all interested in trains. See how the word worked for your great-grandparents. However, for this ...  read more »
  • We went on a 90 minute train ride and pad extra for first class tickets. it was well worth the extra money! We had no idea we'd be offered drinks and snacks! Also, the audio was very informative and t...  read more »
  • Lots of trains and equipment to look at. Lots of information on the different types of trains and cars used by the railroad. Definitely worth the visit if you enjoy trains.
  • Friendly people and a great museum. Of you're in Duluth, you could get a good afternoon out of coming here!
  • We went to the Depot to ride the 'Pizza Train' and the experience was disappointing. One of our folks is handicapped. The web sit indicates handicapped accessible but they had no available equipment. Conductor said we needed to call ahead. No warning of that on the web site nor signage on site. The train left about 30 minutes late. The bulk of the ride is through the woods and the lakeside woods should be cleared. Music was supposed to be provided but needed to be sent through the speakers on the cars. No music heard in my car. Not a good experience to show off Duluth to tourists.
  • Nothing but good memories!
  • Railroad Museum was amazing. The train tour was over priced and wasn't much to see. Walk the lake path instead of taking this train.
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