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...

2011 Spring Northern Lines

PASSENGER CAR MODIFICATIONS, UPGRADES MOVE AHEAD This winter, the Friends of the 261 have been busy making modifications and upgrades to our passenger cars. Crews have been working on Skytop lounge observation Cedar Rapids , parlor car Wisconsin Valley and...

1998 October Northern Lines

Information about the rebuilding of Milwaukee Road “Northern” steam locomotive #261 from the”Friends of the 261″ Inc. 5,200 Miles! 261 travels ten states on BNSF, TC&W, WC A tired but happy steam crew pulled into Minneapolis on September...

1996 March Northern Lines

Information about the rebuilding of Milwaukee Road “Northern” steam locomotive #261 from the”Friends of the 261″ Inc. Snow Train: truly spectacular! 261 heads up winter excursions at Steamtown Its been along time since railroad fans and the...

1995 December Northern Lines

Information about the rebuilding of Milwaukee Road “Northern” steam locomotive #261 from the”Friends of the 261″ Inc. 261 COMPLETES A GREAT SEASON AT STEAMTOWN! 261 is currently enjoying a well deserved rest after flawlessly traveling well over...

1994 December Northern Lines

Information about the rebuilding of Milwaukee Road “Northern” steam locomotive #261 from the”Friends of the 261″ Inc. Pullin’ that New River Train! 261 heads up excursions through West Virginia Milwaukee Road.4-84 261 made its longest...