First Steam Excursion in Four

Notice: The Radisson in downtown Duluth is expected to remain closed through May 15th after a water line broke and flooded parts of the hotel’ ...

2012 – Winter – Northern

MILWAUKEE 261 STEAMS AGAIN! After a four-year rebuild effort by the Friends of the 261, Milwaukee Road 4-8-4 No. 261 steamed again on Sept. 29,. ...

Lamberts Point Project

Over the last few months, Friends of the 261 employees and volunteers have been busy working on the business car Lamberts Point. The car was always ...

2012 – Spring – Northern

MILWAUKEE ROAD 261 GETS ITS WHEELS BACK, BOILER WORK PROCEEDING On Dec. 9, 2011, the rebuilding of Milwaukee Road 261 reached a milestone when ...

Milwaukee Night at Model Railroad

Final Night Trains  Join the Friends of the 261 & the Twin City Model Railroad Museum on a special Saturday night “excursion” to see ...

2011 Engine Lift

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2011 Winter Project

This summer the Friends of the 261 completed work to upgrade coach No. 203, the Nokomis, to full Amtrak compatibility. This car has a fascinating ...

Super Dome Make Over

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Wheel Pressing

During the week of March 6, a special custom-built machine was used to press apart the main driving axle on Milwaukee Road 261. The work was done to ...

Loram Specail

In 2011, Loram, along with CP, ran a special train as part of the Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association show held at Minneapolis& ...

2011 – Spring – Northern

PASSENGER CAR MODIFICATIONS, UPGRADES MOVE AHEAD This winter, the Friends of the 261 have been busy making modifications and upgrades to our ...

2010 Winter Projects

Every year, the Friends take on some of our bigger projects during the winter and early spring months. Last year we took on the challenge of ...