Please consider donating to our fundraisers where all proceeds go to improving the tracks (which were severely damaged during the fall storms of 2019), buildings and our rolling stock.
The LS&M is a 100% Volunteer organization, operated and maintained by Volunteers only. All money raised goes directly towards running our operations.
We look forward to season 2022 to again provide a safe, beautiful ride along the St. Louis River Estuary.
See our photo gallery for views of the trip along the river.
YOUR DONATIONS WILL HELP US CONTINUE OUR WORK TO MAINTAIN THIS IMPORTANT HISTORICAL LEGACY OF WEST DULUTH!
Every donation counts, and we appreciate it very much!
Thank You to our Major Supporters
The Andrew Webb Estate
Help Support Our Upgrades & Restorations by Donating to these Projects :
Locomotive 46 is a General Electric Center Cab 50T Type Industrial Switcher built in 1946. The locomotive needs the wheels and trucks rebuilt, a new floor and the exhausts raised. Total cost is approximately $100,000. We have raised some funding through generous donations and hope to obtain donated labor to complete these upgrades.
Coach 29 & 85 were built in 1912 by the American Car and Foundry for the Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range Railway. The coaches are being cleaned with interiors and windows repaired / painted, and brakes maintenance updated.
Once a flat car built by Siems - Staubel Co of St Paul MN in 1928 for the Northern Pacific Railway. The Safari Car is being rebuilt from the frame up. This work includes new decking and railing and redesign to allow for more passenger seating. Volunteers with carpentry skills will be needed for this project.
Our tracks run along a portion of the original route of the Lake Superior and Mississippi Rail Road into Duluth. The tracks and railbeds need ongoing maintenance. We will continue to focus on work to repair damage from previous storms, removal of brush and tie replacement. The track crew replaced 500 ties last year and would like to replace a similar number this season. We need to dump ballast and to contract for a tamping crew to surface what we repaired last season. Volunteers are always needed for this ongoing work.
Station and Shop
Our Station needs to be painted and the Shop needs security upgrades. Volunteers will be needed for painting the station.