Lumberjack Steam Train – Laona, Wisconsin

 

Lumber camp in WisconsinLumberjack Steam Train – Laona, Wisconsin

Take a trip back in time with on the Lumberjack Steam Train vintage train from the 1800’s.  You can sit in a rare cupola caboose as you travel into an actual site of a Northwoods logging camp.

The “4-spot” Steam Locomotive was built in 1916 by the Volcan Iron Works in Pennsylvania and purchased in 1926 and brought to Laona for use in the logging industry.  The steam engine pulls two all steel passenger coach cars and three cabooses for your pleasure.

You will board the Lumberjack Steam train at the 1880’s Soo Line Deport where you will buy your tickets just like they did at the time.  The ride will take you out to the site of an Old Logging Camp.  Lumberjacks numbered their camps and the site you will visit was Camp 5. 

The site contains some of the old buildings which were part of the farm such as the old Hog Barn which now serves as a Petting oral, the Blacksmith Shop which is now a part of the Museum and the old Slaughter House.  In the distance is the old Boarding house and several original barns, as well as the “Woods Boss’s House”.   Your ticket is not only for the train ride but also into the logging camp where you can wander around and get the feel of what it was like for the loggers that spent so much of their lives living here.

Visiting the museum you will watch the “Northwoods Saga” video with gives a short history of logging.  It also shows modern logging techniques.  It will help you understand the importance of logging to Wisconsin economy.logging equipment

The museum is filled with artifacts that show the life of the loggers.  There are tools and machinery the farm used to plant and harvest crops.  Antique household appliances, sleighs and buffalo blankets and old dugout canoes.  There are collections of original script and coins along with the original account ledgers.  There is the cumbersome two man saw, cruiser equipment and stamp hammers used by the lumberjacks who struggled in the cold winters to harvest trees.  Framed pictures on the walls depict some of the most arduous tasks performed in the life of these hearty people.  The methods used to transport logs to the railroads and rivers are also featured in the museum.  You will learn how draft horses managed to pull huge sleds piled thirty feet high with logs.  You will learn how the cooks were considered the most important people at the camp!  You will see Paul Bunyan size cooking tools including frying pans three feet across and imagine a cook using them to prepare a lumberjack sized breakfast of flapjacks, eggs and sausage!

Plan on a 2 hour visit to have time to enjoy all the activities available.

Location: ¼ mile west of the junction of Highways 8 & 32 on Highway 8.

Phone: 715-674-3414

Email: info@lumberjacksteamtrain.com

The logging camp is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Schedules & Rates

The 2010 Season runs from June 24th thru August 28th
MONDAY – SATURDAY, CLOSED SUNDAY
Fall Season: September 18, 25 & October 2

The Lumberjack Steam Train runs
rain or shine.

From Laona to
Lumberjack Camp  From Lumberjack Camp
to Laona
11:00 am 11:20 am
12:00 pm 12:20 pm
1:00 pm 1:20 pm
2:00 pm 2:45 pm
Last Train to Laona: 4:00 pm 
Visitors are encouraged to stay a minimum of 2 hours to enjoy all the Lumberjack Camp Museum activities

Adults $ 19.00
Children (Age 4-12) $ 8.00
Family (2 adults and 3 or more children ages 4-12) $ 56.00
Children under 3  FREE

River Wildlife Tour and Boat Trip

Adults $ 5.00
Children (Age 4-12) $ 3.00
Children under 3  FREE

Comments

  1. Robert Abbott says:

    Would like schedule & $ for train rides.

  2. Rate Information

    Schedules & Rates

    The 2008 Season runs from June 19th thru August 23rd
    MONDAY – SATURDAY, CLOSED SUNDAY
    Fall Season: September 20, 27 & October4

    The Lumberjack Steam Train runs
    rain or shine.
    From Laona to
    Lumberjack Camp

    From Lumberjack Camp
    to Laona
    11:00 am

    11:20 pm
    12:00 pm

    12:20 pm
    1:00 pm

    1:20 pm
    2:00 pm

    2:45 pm
    Last Train to Laona: 4:00 pm
    Visitors are encouraged to stay a minimum of 2 hours to enjoy all the Lumberjack Camp Museum activities

    Adults

    $ 19.00
    Children (Age 4-12)

    $ 8.00
    Family (2 adults and 3 or more children ages 4-12)

    $ 56.00
    Children under 3

    FREE

    River Wildlife Tour and Boat Trip
    Adults

    $ 5.00
    Children (Age 4-12)

    $ 3.00
    Children under 3

    FREE

    Special Rates

    Senior Citizen Discount $2 off regular admission.

    Spouses and Children of Active Duty Soldiers Serving Overseas (with proper ID)
    Free admission

    Adult Groups of 20 or more receive $17 admission.

    School Groups of 20 or more, receive $7 admission.

    All Group Tours Must Be Confirmed.

    Please Call or Write:
    Lumberjack Steam train
    PO Box 5
    Laona, WI 54541
    715-674-3414

    The Lumberjack Steam Train operating schedule may be subject to change.

  3. will the train be running in november yet?

    thanks

  4. The train stops running the first part of November.
    The Editor

  5. Bill Beversdorf says:

    Hi, we are planning a September visit to the Leona area but I’m a bit confused regarding the dates the train will be running. Is it only Sept.20th, 27th and October 4th?

    Thanks, Bill

  6. Fall Season: September 17, 24 & October 1

  7. Barbara Radley says:

    We are planing to be in your area the first part of April. Are you open then? If so what are the dates.

  8. The 2012 Season runs from June 21st thru August 25th
    MONDAY – SATURDAY, CLOSED SUNDAY
    Fall Season: September 22, 29 & October 6

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