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Video: Knife River Depot returns to the tracks

Jul 19, 2020 05:52AM ● By Editor

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From WDIO-TV - July 18, 2020

After undergoing extensive renovations, the Knife River Depot returned to its tracks Saturday for a scenic picnic.

The train departed from the Historic Depot and traveled to Knife River. Guests on board learned about the history of the train while traveling along the Northshore.

“Knife River was probably the busiest railroad town on the Northshore and that's because two rail lines intersected here,” Paul Von Goertz, board member president of the Knife River Cultural Heritage Center said. “Logs were shipped out by boat down at a dock that's still here and then the boats would bring in coal for the railroads.

According to Von Goertz, restoration efforts on the Knife River Depot began on May 13th of last year and just recently wrapped up. He said most of the money generated for the restoration was donated by locals.

The Knife River Depot hopes to host two more scenic railway picnics in August.

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