By Aaron Isaacs, HRA editor
Short news items from all over
Maine’s Downeast Scenic Railroad carried over 8500 passengers in 2019, up from 6631 in 2016. For the first this year, passengers will board at Washington Junction, the railroad’s storage and maintenance site. It’s located next to the restoration of Maine Central locomotive #470.
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After years of deterioration in the hands of a private owner, the Duluth Missabe & Iron Range depot in Knife River, MN is being restored. It sits on its original site next to the ex-DM&IR line from Duluth to Two Harbors, now the county-owned North Shore Scenic Railroad. The county rail authority has taken ownership of the depot and leased it to the new Knife River Heritage & Cultural Center. The restoration is expected to be completed in 2021.