Ironhorse Railroad Park

Ironhorse Railroad Park Starting in July 2019 we will be open Saturdays 10 to 5 and Sunday 1 to 5:30 we will close at the end of October 2019 for the year.

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 . 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.

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.

A couple years ago we received some billboard tarps. We put grommets on them in preparation to cover the miners car. Upo...
12/20/2018

A couple years ago we received some billboard tarps. We put grommets on them in preparation to cover the miners car. Upon on unfolding one of them we discovered it was advertising a show for Lynyrd Skynyrd. Today we applied the tarps. From the side it looks like we are advertising for shooting star casino. From the air, airplanes will see Lynyrd Skynyrd/Josh Turner concert information.

A brochure that they used to give away at Steamtown that I think is quite useful today.
12/09/2018

A brochure that they used to give away at Steamtown that I think is quite useful today.

D&H RR miners car photos from Indiana to Minnesota
12/08/2018

D&H RR miners car photos from Indiana to Minnesota

12/08/2018

Delaware and Hudson Railroad miners coach/paycar #11 arrived at IRP today after a long journey from Indiana.

The mid morning (2nd)load of traprock became stuck because of the rising temperatures. Part of the load had to be manual...
11/15/2018

The mid morning (2nd)load of traprock became stuck because of the rising temperatures. Part of the load had to be manually unloaded. Our new M816 wrecker got its first Ironhorse Railroad Park task of pulling the truck out. We had to use a track jack to stabilize the trailer to keep it from tipping sideways allowing us to remove another half the load using the dump feature. After becoming unstuck we were able to put the last quarter of the load where the first load had been dumped.

An early morning Traprock delivery for some late fall track work.
11/15/2018

An early morning Traprock delivery for some late fall track work.

11/13/2018

A song on a record in our record collection. Merle Haggard “The Silver Ghost”

11/10/2018

Current Delaware and Hudson Railroad paycar number 11 progress in Noblesville, Indiana.

We received a new piece of equipment at our Museum a 1974 M-816 Kaiser/Baldwin Lima Hamilton military wrecker. It can li...
11/06/2018

We received a new piece of equipment at our Museum a 1974 M-816 Kaiser/Baldwin Lima Hamilton military wrecker. It can lift up to 10,000 pounds and will be used for projects around the museum.

We loaded twin branch 4 in Noblesville, Indiana on Tuesday and unloaded it today (Wednesday) at Ironhorse Railroad Park ...
10/24/2018

We loaded twin branch 4 in Noblesville, Indiana on Tuesday and unloaded it today (Wednesday) at Ironhorse Railroad Park in Chisago City.

10/24/2018

Twin branch Railroad electric locomotive #4 has arrived from Indiana

A typical seen along the lines of the Ironhorse Central Railroad
10/21/2018

A typical seen along the lines of the Ironhorse Central Railroad

Some nice fall photos on the “Highline”
10/21/2018

Some nice fall photos on the “Highline”

10/21/2018
10/21/2018

An afternoon run to the “Highline” to drop off equipment.

I caught two kittens hiding out in our diesel locomotive shed. I warned them about  trespassing but for some reason they...
10/20/2018

I caught two kittens hiding out in our diesel locomotive shed. I warned them about trespassing but for some reason they didn’t listen to well.

I visited the twin branch electric number 4 yesterday in Indiana checked overall condition and took a few measurements t...
10/12/2018

I visited the twin branch electric number 4 yesterday in Indiana checked overall condition and took a few measurements thanks to the help of the guy in charge of the grounds. She is a beautiful battery/electric locomotive and I’m not sure how many still exist of that type. She was built in 1928 by Baldwin Westinghouse and had a builders number of 60688. She is 34 feet long knuckle to knuckle And just a little over 12 ft tall.

This is the Soo Line/former C&O triple combine we are moving to our place. It was built in 1930 and served branch lines ...
10/04/2018

This is the Soo Line/former C&O triple combine we are moving to our place. It was built in 1930 and served branch lines most notably the famous Soo Line Duluth to Thief River Falls train giving this car the nickname the Plummer combine.

Some photos of our new equipment
10/04/2018

Some photos of our new equipment

Photos of twin branch electric number 4 we acquired from Indiana and are looking to move soon.
10/04/2018

Photos of twin branch electric number 4 we acquired from Indiana and are looking to move soon.

09/01/2018

Ironhorse Railroad Park is pleased to announce that it has sold steam locomotive number 2425 formerly of the Soo Line Railroad. 2425 was purchased to save it from being scrapped and it was intended on being on display at our Museum. After several experts came in and inspected the locomotive it was determined to be an excellent candidate to be restored to steam operation. 2425 is being moved to Michigan this month(September) and restoration efforts will commence immediately. 2425 is to be returned to operational condition and will be used occasionally on the Mineral Range Railroad for freight operations(owner enjoyment).

The winter storm is here and NP Russell Plow 31 is wishing it could plow again.
04/15/2018

The winter storm is here and NP Russell Plow 31 is wishing it could plow again.

Heavy snow along the Ironhorse Central main line.
02/27/2018

Heavy snow along the Ironhorse Central main line.

10/02/2017

QRyL&P Railroad passenger car 124 arrived this afternoon from Philadelphia, PA 124 was built in 1889 by Jackson and Sharp Company in Wilmington, DE

08/02/2017

The university of Minnesota raptor center released our Osprey today we had rescued from the ground as a result of the tornado destroying the osprey nest. They played pre-recorded osprey sounds for a little while then finally they made the decision to just release "America" ,The name I gave him. As he flew up he was almost immediately reunited with the rest of his family.

07/28/2017

Train shed cleanup Slo-Mo.

We were hit last night with some severe winds which I think included a tornado. I heard the roar and the damage and down...
07/13/2017

We were hit last night with some severe winds which I think included a tornado. I heard the roar and the damage and downed trees and grass seem to indicate that. The Excel energy lineman told me that the Doppler indicated a hook at the end of the storm as it passed through this area. Our shed is 20% destroyed that houses are passenger cars and a tree went to the roof of the 1870 NP business car. There are 20+ trees down on the property including one resting on the roof of one of our Milwaukee Road cabooses. Things are not looking too good and it does not seem that we will be able to open in August like I had planned.

11/12/2016

Loading the NP plow in McHenry, ND

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Chisago City, MN
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