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We happened to be in Duluth when the North Shore Scenic Railroad Steam Train was running. We encountered it a number of times and at various locations. We noticed it when we were in the Duluth Rose Garden and could see the smoke as it was leaving the depot. We happened to be in Two Harbors and could see the smoke as the train made its way up from Duluth. It was around noon so we drove down to the Depot and arrived just before the train was pulling in. As we watched the train and all of the pollution it produced we could only imagine what Duluth was like when all of the trains were burning coal and most of the houses were heated with coal.

We happened to be in Canal park on several occasions when the steam train passed through. In the first photo is is going backwards. There is no turntable anymore so the train pulls the cars as it heads north and then pulls them as it returns to Duluth.

As we were driving through Two Harbors we noticed that there was already a ship in the harbor and another was just arriving. It is always fun to watch the ships in Two Harbors because you get a close view of them entering the harbor. It takes them a long time to get into the docks. In this case the Erie Trader-Clyde S. VanEnkevort was just arriving and the Presque Isle was in the docks and loading Tackonite. The Erie Trader-Clyde S. VanEnkevort is basically a barge (Erie Trader) pushed by the tugĀ  (Clyde S. VanEnkevort). We don’t see a lot of tug barge combinations on Lake Superior but the are apparently far less expensive to operate that the traditional great lakes ship.

As I mentioned ship watching is a popular pastime. It is rare when we stop at the harbor not to find others watching the ships. On this trip even the Ground Squirrel was watching the ships.


It was going to be a beautiful day so we decided to drive up to Gooseberry Falls State Park. We wanted to get an early start so we decided to stop at the Vanilla Bean Restaurant in Two Harbors for some Swedish pancakes. As we were just about to leave I noticed a Coast Guard Boat go by on the highway. After breakfast we drove out to the harbor to see what as going on. There were a lot of cars in the parking lot. Apparently the fish were biting because there were quite a few fishermen around. The Coast Guard was just putting their boat in the water when we arrived so we stopped to get a few photos. Apparently they were going out on their first training run of the year. Normally the harbor is covered in ice but not today.




It was a beautiful day out, one of the few we have experienced. We decided to take a short trip up the North Shore. As we neared Two Harbors we noticed on Marine Tracker that a ship was just about to enter the Harbor and another ship was already in the docks loading taconite. When we arrived there were already quite a few boat watchers on hand. I don’t think I ever visited Two Harbors and not found a fair number of people watching ships.


The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. was already loading and the Presque Isle was just about to enter the harbor.


Walter J. McCarthy Jr. 16-4-_1906