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Northern Rail Traincar

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A getaway unlike any other - a truly unique, year 'round lodging experience awaits you!
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Northern Rail Traincar Inn Sign
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Northern Rail Traincar Inn
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Boxcar in Woods
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Dining Room
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Boxcar Room

a One-of-a-Kind Experience

Made up of authentic train boxcars, the Northern Rail Traincar Inn offers a unique one-of-a-kind experience for our guests, who come from all over the world to stay in our Boxcars!

We are on Peter Greenberg's list of the "Worlds 10 Most Unusual Hotels"!
Northern Rail Traincar Inn offers a very unique experience! Made up of authentic train boxcars renovated into lovely guest accommodations, our Traincar Inn is nestled in the wilderness. We are just 3 miles north of Two Harbors, Minnesota, near the intersection of Hwy 61 and County Hwy 3.  
At 35 minutes from Duluth, guests enjoy quick, convenient access to all of the North Shore's amazing activities including the Superior Hiking Trail, State Snowmobile Trails, Ski Trails, Gooseberry Falls, Split Rock Lighthouse and much more! Northern Rail features 16 rooms in authentic train boxcars and each room is one of several themes: Victorian, Oriental, Safari, Fishing, Lighthouse, Bear & Moose. 
Our rooms are connected by a charming enclosed hallway that is reminiscent of an old fashioned train station platform. The depot-style main building serves as our guest relations and breakfast area as well as a place for guests to play games or sit by the fireplace with a good book!

Northern Rail has welcomed thousands of guests and visitors from all over the world. Visitors from as near as our backyard and as far away as New Zealand, Russia, Ireland, Germany, Poland, Japan, England, Netherlands and Switzerland have experienced our one-of-a-kind accommodations. Spring, summer, fall or winter... the natural beauty and peaceful serenity of the area combine for a wonderful place for you to stay on the North Shore for a great getaway!

What an amazing place! Truly unlike any other. We are on vacation, escaping our busy schedules at home, and boy did we come to the right place! The decor, the bed, the scenery; everything was perfect. We truly felt like guests in someone’s home. The extra thought and creativity put into this room to make guests feel welcome is evident. We will surely be back!
Randy P & Leah M, Twin Cities, MN
We like to travel and find things to see & places to stay that are off the typical tourist radar, and these railcars fit the bill! It’s great that you are off the highway, middle of the woods, surrounded by birch and pine, and deer. We used this as a home base to hike & bike up and down the North Shore. And we really appreciated the friendly advice & directions our hosts provided. We’ll be back by the fireplace at night, sure was fun!
Tom C & Louaine V, Louisville, KY
What a wonderful time we had!! We came here to celebrate our 11 year anniversary. No kids all week. Grandma has them so we decided to B&B it all week up the North Shore. So far we’re very impressed with our 2nd stop at the RR. What great hospitality. Friendly management, very helpful on getting you info on what’s going on. Definitely will return for some R&R. Thanks!
Lory & Wikki S, Belle Plane, MN
Boxcars do not usually conjure up visions of luxury and fun; however, from now on I will think of this place when I see a passing freight train. What a unique idea for a hotel- I will be telling everyone I know about you! Thanks for an interesting stop here!
Lana King, Corinth, TX
A warm summer’s motorcycle trip brought us to this wonderful hotel. Rode out a raging thunderstorm snug in our boxcar. Love this place & hope to return.
Sarah, Jim & Colin T, Menomonie, WI
We love the idea of the train cars. My husband built trains with his father as a child with many fond memories. I always read The Boxcar Children books as a child and couldn’t help but remember them while staying here. We’ll be back!
Jen & Kit, Elk River, MN
We had seen this place on the TV show “On the Road” with Jason Davis and were anxious to stay here. We thoroughly enjoyed the railcar experience and will highly recommend it to others.
Tony & Bonnie O, Spice, MN
What a beautiful place to spend a first anniversary. We loved the beauty of the shoreline and hiking. But – Wow – Nothing beats the lightning and thunderstorms in the area! Thanks for sharing this incredible place with us.
Amber Hanson
Wonderful, comfortable bed! Great comforter to snuggle under one of the BEST thunderstorms we ever heard! The thunder could literally be heard rolling down the hills. And the power stayed on despite the lightning and heavy rain! Nice breakfast too with friendly conversation.
Jeff and Kathy
Sometimes it gets so quiet that the silence wakes you up. Sometimes the rain is so peaceful that it keeps you sleeping. Sometimes the beds are so comfortable that the sheets hold you down. Any way you put it, we slept beautifully here and look forward to coming back. The North Shore is the place for us. Thank you to everyone involved.
Bill F



Northern Rail features 16 rooms in authentic train boxcars. Choose from one of our uniquely themed boxcars for your stay: Victorian, Oriental, Safari, Fishing, Lighthouse, Bear & Moose
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