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There's one more chance to ride the western rails

Photo: Lake Superior & Mississippi Railroad

The Lake Superior & Mississippi Railroad, a sightseeing train in West Duluth, expected 2015 to be its final year. The train runs through the former U.S. Steel plant in Morgan Park, which is due for environmental cleanup. During the process of two to three years, the tracks must be removed.

Work was expected to start last summer, but has been delayed until this fall, giving the railroad at least one more season.

Whether the tracks will be replaced is yet unknown. The decision depends on input from the community, City Council and the Parks and Recreation Commission. Other options for the site include trails and parks. The long-term development of the St. Louis River corridor is also a factor.

Opening date will be mid-June. A new season means the need for new volunteers.

An informational meeting on the volunteer positions is 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 23 at Iron Mug Coffee House, 88th Ave. W. in Morgan Park.

Numerous volunteer positions are needed to maintain and operate the LS&M Railroad: engineers, conductors, firemen, ticket agents, car hosts, narrators, track workers, building/maintenance, restoration/repair, communication, marketing and more.

Railroading is a wonderful experience. The beauty along the tracks and river is astounding. Sharing history of the Lake Superior & Mississippi Railroad and St. Louis River Corridor is highly gratifying. Check the volunteer page on the LS&M website or call (218) 624-7549.