Northfield Depot

The Northfield Depot sits at its new location on the edge of the Q-Block in Northfield. On July 17, Union Pacific’s Big Boy 4014 steam locomotive will make a brief stop at the depot as part of a celebration of the 150th anniversary of the transcontinental railway. (News file photo)

The Northfield Depot will host events celebrating the 150th anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railway from noon to 1:30 p.m. July 17.

At 12:45 p.m., Union Pacific’s recently restored Big Boy 4014 steam locomotive will make a 15-minute stop at the Second Street intersection. The locomotive was built in 1944 and is the largest of its kind in the world; that morning, it will make stops in Albert Lea and Owatonna before arriving in Northfield on its way to St. Paul.

Raggin’ at the Depot will perform a free brass quintent concert from 12–12:30 p.m. and 1–1:30 p.m. at the Depot. As part of an Artists on Main Street program, Fletcher Coolidge and his band will feature music of the late 1800s and early 1900s.

This activity is part of Artists on Main Street, a partnership between the Northfield Downtown Development Corporation, Minnesota Main Street and Springboard for the Arts, with support from the Bush Foundation. 

The Save the Northfield Depot preservation organization will provide a small display of the history of Northfield railroads and a limited number of depot tours. In case of rain, Raggin’ at the Depot will be at the nearby St. John’s Lutheran church. Visit for updates.

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