Windy City Weekends May 2015

The Friends of the 261 operated the “Windy City Express” round trips from St. Paul to Chicago on two weekends in May 2015 behind Amtrak’s Empire ...

2015 National Train Day

The Friends of the 261 and BNSF Railway teamed up to participate in the annual Amtrak Train Day at the Union Depot in St. Paul on May 9, 2015. BNSF ...

2015 – Spring –

Fall Color Excursion dates set, Windy City Express to roll Mark your calendars! The Friends of the 261 are planning to operate two days of Fall ...

2014 – December – Northern

261 pulls sold out fall color excursions on BNSF to Duluth Perfect autumn weather was on tap as Milwaukee Road 4-8-4 No. 261 pulled a successful ...

Old locomotive’s trip to Duluth

Judy Sandberg was the backbone of the Friends of the 261, a nonprofit group that owns and operates a rebuilt steam locomotive and its fleet of ...

Cedar Rapids Restoration

Steve Glischinski Shoreview, MN MINNEAPOLIS – Milwaukee Road 4-8-4 No. 261 was steamed up Sept. 13 for the first time since October 2013. Friends of ...

2014 – June – Northern

London Calling: Friends of the 261 to offer tour of English Heritage railways The Friends of the 261 is sponsoring a tour to England this September ...

Restoration work progressing on Milwaukee

By Steve Glischinski Published: January 31, 2014 MINNEAPOLIS – The Friends of the 261 are progressing on the restoration of former Milwaukee Road ...

2013 – Winter – Northern

Private car trip to Washington, D.C. planned for spring Following the successful trip to Whitefish, Mont. last summer, the Friends of the 261 will ...

Station2Station

Friend’s car fleet travels cross-country on “Station to Station” artist train “Station to Station: A Nomadic Happening” an Avant-garde traveling ...

Bonton Model Shoot

September 2013, the Friends of the 261 opened the Cedar Rapids up to Bonton to use as a background for their fall catalog. Their theme for the fall ...

261 Test Runs

Milwaukee Road No. 261 makes test runs, preparations continue for Duluth excursion By Steve Glischinski Published: April 22, 2013 MINNEAPOLIS – On ...