First Steam Excursion in Four Years!

Notice: The Radisson in downtown Duluth is expected to remain closed through May 15th after a water line broke and flooded parts of the hotel’s basement causing its guests to find other accommodations. For those of you that have reserved a room at the Radisson,...

2012 Winter Northern Lines

MILWAUKEE 261 STEAMS AGAIN! After a four-year rebuild effort by the Friends of the 261, Milwaukee Road 4-8-4 No. 261 steamed again on Sept. 29, 2012. The locomotive last operated on Sept. 14, 2008, when it pulled a round trip excursion from Minneapolis to La Crosse,...

Lamberts Point Project

Over the last few months, Friends of the 261 employees and volunteers have been busy working on the business car Lamberts Point. The car was always ‘ready to roll’ and was kept up to Amtrak standards, but the Friends decided 2012 was a good time to finish updating the...

2012 Spring Northern Lines

MILWAUKEE ROAD 261 GETS ITS WHEELS BACK, BOILER WORK PROCEEDING On Dec. 9, 2011, the rebuilding of Milwaukee Road 261 reached a milestone when the locomotive was placed back atop its four sets of driving wheels. No. 261 had been separated from its wheels since...

Milwaukee Night at Model Railroad Club

Final Night Trains  Join the Friends of the 261 & the Twin City Model Railroad Museum on a special Saturday night “excursion” to see the final episode of Night Trains for the 2011-2012 season on Saturday, February 25. Featuring The Milwaukee Road for...