PDD Quiz: Railroads, Trains and Depots

Photo courtesy of the Northeast Minnesota Historical Collections, Kathryn A. Martin Library, University of Minnesota Duluth.

All aboard for this week’s PDD quiz! Test your knowledge of local railroads, depots, and other train-related trivia.

The next PDD quiz will review this month’s headlines; it will be published on Sept. 27. Submit question suggestions to Alison Moffat at [email protected] by Sept. 27.

#1 This railroad, organized in 1981, offers train excursions in West Duluth along the St. Louis River; it takes its name from Duluth’s first railroad.

2020 marks the sesquicentennial of the completion of the original Lake Superior & Mississippi Railroad; read more about its history on the Duluth News Tribune website.

#2 In what year was the North Shore Scenic Railroad dedicated?

Read more about the dedication on the Zenith City website.

#3 This 1994 Disney film features Superior’s Soo Line Passenger Station and the Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range Business Car Northland.

The Northland is notable for its interior steel bulkheads, which are painted to look like mahogany; read more about it here. Find PDD’s annotations to Iron Will here.

#4 In what year was the first railroad freight depot built in Duluth?

The Lake Superior & Mississippi Railroad freight depot was located at 300 E. Michigan St. Read more about it on the Zenith City website.

#5 Though it no longer sports a caboose, you can still grab a Bloody Mary at this Superior watering hole.

Learn more about the Choo Choo on this Flickr photostream.

#6 Which business now occupies Superior’s Soo Line Passenger Station?

Read more about the station’s history on the Zenith City website.

#7 This railroad tycoon, known as the Empire Builder, is commemorated in a bust at the BNSF railyard in Superior.

The bust was previously located at Superior’s Central High School.

#8 The 1891 construction of which building is shown here?

The building replaced the previous Union Depot, which was constructed in 1870. Read more about the history of the Union Depot on the Zenith City website.

#9 Which area high school’s mascot is the Rail?

Proctor was the site of the world’s largest iron ore railyard; read more about its history here.

#10 In 1910, the Duluth, Winnipeg, and Pacific Railway had a tunnel excavated under this landmark.

View drone footage of the tunnel in this PDD video.

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