Streamliners cruise to Two Harbors to highlight 130th anniversary of iron ore trade

By KBJR News 1

July 12, 2014 Updated Jul 13, 2014 at 11:14 PM CDT

Two Harbors, MN (NNCNOW.com) - This year marks the 130th anniversary of iron ore trains, coupled with a celebration of the streamliner locomotives that eventually replaced steam locomotives in the '30s and '40s.

Earlier Saturday the North Shore Scenic Railroad brought that part of the history to life with their "Streamliners to Two Harbors" ride from the Duluth Depot to Two Harbors.

Engines like the SOO Line's number 2500 and Erie Mining Company's 4211 were the fastest, most powerful engines of the period.

The trip to Two Harbors aimed to bring attention to a pivotal time in 1884, when the fate of the Iron Range mining industry rested on newly–laid rail track.

"July 30th, 1884 represents the date on which the first iron ore was loaded into ore cars for shipment out of the state of Minnesota, and through the port of Agate Bay, now known as Two Harbors," said spokespeople for the Lake Co. Historical Society.

July 30th is still a couple of weeks away, but the celebration was moved to Saturday to align with Heritage Days.

Billy Wagness