Duluth museum adds new train ride

DULUTH The Southeastern Railway Museum opened its latest attraction, a park train ride, on Saturday. The trains will run on Saturdays throughout the year, some summer weekdays, and Sundays when the museum is open.

The trains were donated to the museum by Ben and Joy Black, of Birmingham, Ala., and their son, Bryan Black, of Atlanta. The Black family bought the trains in 1976 from the Birmingham Zoo to entertain family and friends on their Birmingham property.

"My family has enjoyed these trains for 25 years," said Bryan Black, who volunteers at the museum. "With my parents in Birmingham and me now in metro Atlanta, it seemed like a good time to find them a new home, and the Southeastern Railway Museum was a perfect fit."

The trains were an attraction at the Birmingham Zoo from 1957 until they were replaced in 1976.


Mack711 2 years, 12 months ago

This is a great feature to add. However you can see this type of train at most amusement parks around the area. What you could not see so often was the small scale steam operated trains that were at the old site before they moved to this location. Now that was a site to see they should have the scale modelers there and would draw more in attendance. They were an operating museum at that time with both sizes operating on the property versus a static display as they are today. We took several friends that were visiting the area to the new location and were disappointed that there were no large train rides like the ones at the former location. Also canceling the Willie Nelson may not help in attendance, wish that show had not been canceled was look forward to seeing it. Wonder where they were going to put that large train on that property?


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