Positioning Move – May 15th, 2019

Join the Friends of the 261 and relax as we travel from Chicago to the Twin Cities behind Amtrak’s Empire Builder. On May 15 we will be traveling from Chicago Union Station to Minneapolis/St Paul.

Take the train for an affordable weekend get away. Current rates for Amtrak from Chicago to MSP are at $66 for coach or if you wish to fly, Spirit is offering tickets starting at $43 one way.*

This trip will be featuring Friends of the 261 equipment, all meticulously refurbished wind in fully restored condition. The cars recall the era when traveling was half the fun and offer a memorable journey you’ll cherish for years to come!

This trip will feature premier rolling stock, including: Super Dome

While riding the rails, enjoy freshly-prepared meals and libations knowing that you are supporting the restoration of the Milwaukee Road Steam Locomotive 261.

These trips will have limited seating, all in premium class. With the recent reduction in air fares between the Twin Cities and Chicago, you may wish to fly one way and take the train the other.


Chicago to Minneapolis/St Paul
Depart Chicago Union Station – 2:15 pm
Depart Milwaukee Amtrak Station – 3:52 pm
Arrive St Paul Union Depot – 10:03 pm


Chicago to Minneapolis/St Paul – $199.00
Milwaukee to Minneapolis/St Paul – $199.00
Chicago to Milwaukee – $75.00

*Due to Amtrak’s new private car policy, we are restricted due to Amtrak’s on-time performance and can not guarantee the train will run as scheduled.

*Terms & Conditions Apply, This is NOT an excursion with the steam engine Milwaukee 261 or diesel Milw 32A