Railroading Heritage of Midwest America, Inc.

London Calling

Join the Friends of the 261 as we head overseas for a once in a lifetime British steam and countryside tour. This unique 9 day / 8 night tour will feature a four day steam tour of Southern England using three different mainline steam locomotives. This late summer trip is to the most southern point of England. The “Cornwall” region has plenty to offer both the steam enthusiast and those seeking a British vacation – with sun, sand and sea as well as glorious scenery and the British countryside. Read More

Fall Colors to Duluth

This Fall the “Friends of the 261,” in cooperation with Amtrak, BNSF Railway and Lake Superior Railroad Museum, will operate the Milwaukee Road 4-8-4 No. 261 pulling an excursion from Minneapolis to Duluth, Minnesota.

The trip will utilize BNSF’s ex-Great Northern Railway Hinckley Subdivision, which saw its last regular passenger service in 1985, when Amtrak’s “North Star” made its last run. The line boasts several large steel trestles, including the tall bridge over the Kettle River at Sandstone, Minn…Read More

Fall Foliage tour

This October, Friends of the 261 is offering you the opportunity to ride vintage passenger cars One Way from the Twin Cities to Milwaukee or Chicago on October 11th, or Chicago or Milwaukee to Minneapolis/St. Paul October 31st. Our fully restored passenger cars offer a memorable journey you’ll cherish for years to come! Meticulously refurbished, these cars recall the era when traveling was half the vacation.

Our restored cars will be pulled behind Amtrak’s Empire Builder over the scenic former Milwaukee Road route along the Mississippi River, one of Amtrak’s Top 10 scenic rail journeys in America….Read More