North Dakota Train Rides

The Railroad Nation


Canadian Pacific and BNSF are the two main railroads in North Dakota traveling two thirds of the state's 3500 plus route miles. The state's first railroad was the Northern Pacific reaching Fargo on June 6,1872.
Amtrak's Empire Builder makes several stops at Fargo, Grand Forks, Devils Lake, Rugby, Minot, Stanley and Williston.
We found several steam locomotives on display at city parks in North Dakota, including Soo Line 4-6-2 No. 735 in Minot, and the 4-4-0 Northern Pacific Railroad, No. 684 in West Fargo.

 


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Mandan

Fort Lincoln Trolley

Hourly departures between 1-5pm daily. 701-663-9018

North Dakota State Railroad Museum

The North Dakota State Railroad Museum in Mandan was designated the official state railroad museum of North Dakota in 1989. Large and small railroad artifacts fill all corners of the museum, demonstrating the uniqueness of items designed and made specifically for the operations of the railroads. Open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Admission is free.

Minot

Old Soo Depot Transportation Museum

The Old Soo Depot Transportation Museum is located in a restored 1912 Soo Line depot. Excellent for train watching. Open weekdays. PH.701-852-2234

Railroad Museum of Minot

701-853-7091

West Fargo

Bonanzaville USA

The Bonanzaville Cass County Historical Society operates an historical depot with rolling stock. The Train Shed next to the depot houses the 1883 Northern Pacific Railroad 4-4-0 locomotive #684, a caboose, a Russell snow plow, Northern Pacific 80-passenger coach car from 1930 in addition to other railroad operated vehicles. Visitors are able to walk through the coach car and caboose to view how passengers and railroad employees spent their time while riding the rails.Directions