2020-Covid Update

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In December 2017 the Friends of the 261 purchased two dome cars from Canadian National. The cars are former Western Pacific California Zephyr dome ...

2019 – November – Northern

North Pole Express on the ready track 2018 North Pole Express at Union Depot in St. Paul. The 2019 trips will operate Dec. 6-8 and Dec. 12-15. ...

2019 – Spring – Northern

Friends of the 261 now proud owner of Milwaukee Road E9A No. 32A By Don Crimmin Through the hard work of long-time members and volunteers Dr. Robert ...

2018 Car Shop Report Fall

2018 has brought big changes to the fleet of the Friends of the 261. 2 new domes and a complete overhaul on the Fox River Valley, former Henry. ...

2018 – September – Northern

Frank E. Sandberg, Jr. 1941-2018 One of the founders of the Friends of the 261, Frank E. Sandberg Jr. passed away June 13 at age 77. Together with ...

2018 – Car Shop Report

In December 2017 the Friends of the 261 purchased two dome cars from Canadian National. The cars are former Western Pacific California Zephyr ...

PTC Could End Mainline Steam

Now that we have your attention we want you to know how critical PTC is to the future operations of the 261. Without it operating a steam powered ...

2018 Dues Notice and Appeal

It’s dues time again for the Friends of the 261, but before I speak briefly about our activities and goals, I want to say thank you to all our ...

2016 – Spring – Northern

261 heading to Duluth in June On Saturday, June 4, Milwaukee Road 261 will kick off the 2016 excursion season when its steams north from Minneapolis ...