Sheyenne River Valley Hiawatha

June 1-3, 2017




On July 19, 1987, the Red River Valley & Western began operations on track it acquired from Burlington Northern Railroad. Since that time the railroad has added more customers, upgraded its track, and been recognized as one of the most successful regional railroads in the United States.

To mark its 30th Anniversary, Red River Valley & Western and the Friends of the 261 are teaming up to offer a series of special anniversary excursion trains pulled by Milwaukee Road steam locomotive No. 261. This will be a rare opportunity to ride several rail lines that have seen only freight service for decades. The trips will offer Coach, First Class, Dome Class and Premium Class seating, including dome car seating in the Friends of the 261’s Super Dome 53 and the Lake Superior Railroad Museum’s Silver Club, making its first trips.


The days and routes the 30th Anniversary excursions will operate are as follows:

Thursday June 1 and Friday, June 2, 2017
Each day No. 261 will pull a three-hour, 74-mile round trip evening excursion from Fargo/Davenport to Lisbon, N.D. Trains will depart Davenport at 6 p.m. for the journey over the former Northern Pacific Railway’s Fargo & Southwestern Branch, now Red River Valley & Western’s Fourth Subdivision. Just outside Lisbon the railroad enters North Dakota’s first nationally recognized scenic byway, the scenic Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway. The tree-lined, rolling hills of this valley are speckled with quaint towns and farmsteads, lending to its American charm. In addition to nature and scenery, archaeology, history, culture, and recreation are all found along this byway. The Davenport to Lisbon route has not seen passenger service since 1960-61.

Round trip mileage from Fargo/Davenport to Lisbon is 74 miles.

Saturday, June 3, 2017
Milwaukee Road 261 will pull a sunset excursion train departing from Wahpeton, N.D. to Kindred, ND. This train will run northwest to Kindred on RRV&W’s ex-Great Northern Second Subdivision. The line to Kindred is the only former Great Northern route operated by the RRV&W, and once served as a cutoff from the Great Northern main line at Breckenridge and the Surrey Cutoff at Nolan, N.D.

Round trip mileage from Wahpeton to Kindred is 71 miles.

Plan to be along as Milwaukee Road 261 returns to North Dakota for the first time since 1998, and makes its first trips ever on the Red River Valley & Western Railroad, North Dakota’s Regional Railroad.

Coach, First Class, Dome Class & Premium Class tickets available, with seating in Milwaukee Road’s glass backed Skytop Lounge observation car Cedar Rapids.

Boarding for all trains begins at 5:00 pm, departure at 6:00 pm with approximate arrival at 9:00 pm.

Soft drinks, wine and beer will be available on the train, and a concession car will include snacks and souvenirs available for purchase.


Friends of the 261 Passenger Classes
available for purchase

Coach Class Tickets:
June 1, 2017
Fargo/Davenport to Lisbon
Coach – $39.00
June 2, 2017
Fargo/Davenport to Lisbon
Coach – $39.00
June 3, 2017
Wahpeton to Kindred
Coach – $39.00
First Class Tickets:
June 1, 2017
Fargo/Davenport to Lisbon
First Class – $59.00
June 2, 2017
Fargo/Davenport to Lisbon
First Class – $59.00
June 3, 2017
Wahpeton to Kindred
First Class – $59.00
Dome Class Tickets:
June 1, 2017
Fargo/Davenport to Lisbon
Silver Club – $99.00
June 2, 2017
Fargo/Davenport to Lisbon
Silver Club – $99.00
June 3, 2017
Wahpeton to Kindred
Silver Club – $99.00
Premium Class Tickets:
June 1, 2017
Fargo/Davenport to Lisbon
Super Dome – $99.00
Cedar Rapids – $109.00
June 2, 2017
Fargo/Davenport to Lisbon
Super Dome – $99.00
Cedar Rapids – $109.00
June 3, 2017
Wahpeton to Kindred
Super Dome – $99.00
Cedar Rapids – $109.00


Detailed class descriptions here

All tickets are round trip (Children 3 to 14 require ticket, children under 3 free if not occupying a seat)



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