Ironhorse Railroad Park

Ironhorse Railroad Park We are open by appointment only. We have over a mile of track including a 3/4 mile loop which we traverse two times, giving a 1.5 mile scenic train ride .
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We have over 25 pieces of railroad equipment. We are still out in the country so we have plenty of scenic areas for nice photos. Besides a full size train ride, we also have a 1895 Saint Paul And Duluth Railroad depot, a miniture train ride, a petting zoo and 50 acres of nature. The depot is where most of the collection of railroad artifacts is located. We have over 100,000 artifacts so displays are changed out frequently.

Operating as usual

 Our Koppell dump car arrived today, A special thanks to everybody that helped.
09/04/2020

 Our Koppell dump car arrived today, A special thanks to everybody that helped.

07/01/2020

Due to the current conditions and the new threats of more COVID-19 Ironhorse railroad park is closed until further notice. Please check back on the site for updates. 

Well our third Hopper Car arrived today around 3 o’clock in the afternoon. It unloaded just fine and joined number 602 a...
06/13/2020

Well our third Hopper Car arrived today around 3 o’clock in the afternoon. It unloaded just fine and joined number 602 and 604. I made sure that 603 went in between 602 and 604.

Today we moved two of the three Hopper Car‘s we purchased from the Sisseton Milbank Railroad shortly after they were pu...
06/12/2020

Today we moved two of the three Hopper Car‘s we purchased from the Sisseton Milbank Railroad shortly after they were purchased by The Twin Cities and western. The other one is arriving tomorrow around noon. They were originally New York Central/Pittsburgh and Lake Erie cars. They were built in 1952. They were then sold to hallott and used for transporting Bentonite. The string of cars used to go through on the Skally line close to our museum. They were then sold to the Sisseton Milbank railroad and used to haul rock for the track.  

Ironhorse Railroad Park has received a nice donation of a US and S railroad signal. The former owner was planning on put...
05/30/2020

Ironhorse Railroad Park has received a nice donation of a US and S railroad signal. The former owner was planning on putting it up in his yard but never did. He says it Came from the Illinois central railway in Illinois. Thank you very much Bill it is going to look nice here!

Ironhorse railroad park has received a M14 one lunger speeder car. I am not sure if I will have time to get it running ...
05/19/2020

Ironhorse railroad park has received a M14 one lunger speeder car. I am not sure if I will have time to get it running this summer but there’s always next year right… I am curious if anybody has the database of Fairmont and can check the number and let me know when it was built and for what railroad. It used to be that you had to pay $30 to $40 and they would send you the history of the car, but I’m not sure if they still do that or not.

Thanks to a well-known local company we received this former maritime dock/ship winch that was used for pulling railca...
05/16/2020

Thanks to a well-known local company we received this former maritime dock/ship winch that was used for pulling railcars on a spur. The company that made the winch went out of business when it was purchased by another company in 1945. It must have been sold as surplus to them after World War II and Used to pull cars on the spur. It hadn’t been used since the 1980’s but was still hooked up 30+ years after the track was removed. It was in its own little building/shack and was set in concrete. 

03/27/2020

Our first move of the year, other than running light.

Our upright lift has arrived. We purchased this from the Canadian Pacific Railway for use at our museum. It will be a ve...
02/19/2020

Our upright lift has arrived. We purchased this from the Canadian Pacific Railway for use at our museum. It will be a very welcome tool here.

One of the more fun original pieces in our collection that was used to drum up support on the Twin City and Lake superio...
01/09/2020

One of the more fun original pieces in our collection that was used to drum up support on the Twin City and Lake superior Railway.

Soo Line combine 397 made its first Ironhorse Central train trip from North Topside to Groningen Station.
11/16/2019

Soo Line combine 397 made its first Ironhorse Central train trip from North Topside to Groningen Station.

November sixth and seventh we moved our Chesapeake and Ohio/ Soo Line triple combine to Ironhorse Railroad Park. We prep...
11/08/2019

November sixth and seventh we moved our Chesapeake and Ohio/ Soo Line triple combine to Ironhorse Railroad Park. We prepped it starting the fourth and received a little snow. It was quite an operation and we had some top people working on the project thank you everyone who helped. This car has been in Ladysmith Wisconsin for many years it was stored out at the mine and then we had it moved to town a few years ago. We recently lost our “free parking” so we had to move it. It is a heavy car with a weight of 155,000 lbs. it was built in 1930 by The St Louis car company for the Chesapeake and Ohio railroad. It was purchased in 1950 by the Soo Line railroad from the Georgia car and locomotive company. It was retired from passenger service in the early 1960s and became a work train car. It was given to the city of Ladysmith in the early 1980s.  We purchased it around four years ago.

We went to Thief River Falls today and picked up a Fairmont Motor Car Tow we purchased from the Canadian Pacific Railr...
10/12/2019

We went to Thief River Falls today and picked up a Fairmont Motor Car Tow we purchased from the Canadian Pacific Railroad. It will come in handy hauling extra people who will be helping this next Summer when we redo more track. 

Caboose 583’s frame and trucks salvaged from the Minnesota and Western Ry in Annandale, MN, has just left for Wisconsin...
10/09/2019

Caboose 583’s frame and trucks salvaged from the Minnesota and Western Ry in Annandale, MN, has just left for Wisconsin to be part of a caboose restoration. We saved it from scrap for just such a purpose. It is going to to be used to restore a sister South Shore caboose found in upper Peninsula Michigan.

An interesting forgotten part of the Soo Line connecting the east.
10/01/2019

An interesting forgotten part of the Soo Line connecting the east.

The tarp’s blew off and needed to be repositioned on the Delaware and Hudson 35222 so I pulled it out and decided to tes...
09/18/2019

The tarp’s blew off and needed to be repositioned on the Delaware and Hudson 35222 so I pulled it out and decided to test her out on the curves of our line. The car really handles well,I was quite surprised. I have been planning out the rubber roof application and hope to put it on, in the next month or two.

Photo of the day: Steam locomotive freight at Jackson Street 1939.
09/08/2019

Photo of the day: Steam locomotive freight at Jackson Street 1939.

Photo of the day: The C&NW 400 going by Jackson Street.
09/06/2019

Photo of the day: The C&NW 400 going by Jackson Street.

My historical photo of the day. Found this one in an old 1930s album of highway department pictures.
09/04/2019

My historical photo of the day. Found this one in an old 1930s album of highway department pictures.

09/04/2019

Some video of our new Geismar Hydraulic Spiker.

A nice “new to us” piece of track machinery for us to make life easier. It is a Geismar hydraulic spiker manufactured in...
09/04/2019

A nice “new to us” piece of track machinery for us to make life easier. It is a Geismar hydraulic spiker manufactured in 2010.

Friday night we allowed our parking area to be used for a wedding. The wedding was a couple miles away so they charted t...
08/26/2019

Friday night we allowed our parking area to be used for a wedding. The wedding was a couple miles away so they charted trolley bus service to and from the wedding from our parking area. It was interesting having a scheduled run from our museum to another destination.

The tank from Soo Line locomotive #2425 which is actually the tank from 2426 remained behind and will stay in our collec...
08/20/2019

The tank from Soo Line locomotive #2425 which is actually the tank from 2426 remained behind and will stay in our collection. Apparently moving costs exceeded value.

Soo Line Locomotive 2425 finally left for upper Peninsula Michigan and a new life to be restored to run on the mineral r...
08/20/2019

Soo Line Locomotive 2425 finally left for upper Peninsula Michigan and a new life to be restored to run on the mineral range railroad.

Our 1942 Whitcomb and our 1918 CB&Q/C&S 2 chamber hopper car on “Dress Parade” today.
05/31/2019

Our 1942 Whitcomb and our 1918 CB&Q/C&S 2 chamber hopper car on “Dress Parade” today.

Another sinkhole along the right-away but thankfully our old Fairmont ton and a half Derrick Car with a handcrank did th...
05/31/2019

Another sinkhole along the right-away but thankfully our old Fairmont ton and a half Derrick Car with a handcrank did the trick to get us out.

The new storage track is shaping up quite nicely and now just needs to be leveled and to have traprock added.
05/26/2019

The new storage track is shaping up quite nicely and now just needs to be leveled and to have traprock added.

Building some much-needed storage space.
05/15/2019

Building some much-needed storage space.

05/08/2019

My latest dilemma.

04/10/2019

Out and about on the line this past weekend.

A nice back up of water along the Highline adds a nice view and refuge for wildlife thanks to the spring thawing of the ...
03/27/2019

A nice back up of water along the Highline adds a nice view and refuge for wildlife thanks to the spring thawing of the snow.

Our two railroad buildings arrived from Plummer, MN last week and today. We purchased them from the Canadian Pacific Rai...
03/21/2019

Our two railroad buildings arrived from Plummer, MN last week and today. We purchased them from the Canadian Pacific Railway. One is technically a Section House and the other a Tool House and work place with a nice interior for parts.

The snow just keeps piling up.
02/21/2019

The snow just keeps piling up.

12/29/2018

Out and about on the line enjoying the snow.

We operated the 1942 20 ton US Army Whitcomb switcher this afternoon/evening. It ran well.
12/28/2018

We operated the 1942 20 ton US Army Whitcomb switcher this afternoon/evening. It ran well.

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24980 Morgan Ave
Chisago City, MN
55013

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(651) 357-3394

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I heard that the Iron Horse RR Park bought the cab and short hood from a Soo Line RSC2 is that true?
What hours are you open?
I found some old video of your Railroad:
Here is a Flickr video of the bubbler we bought from Erik at the Iron Horse Central that we renovated and installed in the Waupaca, WI railroad depot. Just a small thing but the details make all the difference.
My buddy shot some great video of this place:
Any pictures of the 2425 Engine?
When do you guys run your steam locomotive!