Available excursions


British Steam Tour – May 6th – 15th, 2020

Join Friends of the 261 and experience some of the most remote parts of England and Wales. We will travel by steam and vintage diesel trains in private luxury rail cars, through some of the most unspoiled countryside in Britain visiting the West Country Moors, Cambrian Mountains, Snowdonia, the Lakeland Fells, and the Moors and Dales of Northern England. The tour allows plenty of private time to sight see and will offer extra guided tours of some of the most famous attractions. Read More…


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Gourmet Express

Everyone enjoys a delicious meal with properly paired wines or cocktails in an inviting setting. What if you could combine wines, cocktails and dining with a constantly changing landscape passing before your eyes as you enjoy a rare culinary experience?
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Windy City

Join Friends of the 261 and relax as we travel from Twin Cities to Chicago, or even Chicago to the Twin Cities behind Amtrak’s Empire Builder. Ride with us from Minneapolis/St. Paul to Milwaukee or Chicago, round trip or one way, the choice is up to you. Read More…


North Pole Express

Children and trains go together during the Holiday Season like colorful lights, brightly iced cookies, festively wrapped gifts, family and friends. Please join the nonprofit Friends of the 261 annual journey on the North Pole Express. The North Pole Express is our group’s largest yearly fundraiser enabling us to continue to operate and maintain the star of the show the Milwaukee Road #261 steam locomotive, built in 1944, and experience a ride in one of our of historic rail cars. Read More…


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