2013 – Winter – Northern Lines

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 be offering another luxury private rail car trip in spring 2014. The Capitol Express will depart Minneapolis/St. Paul for...

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Station2Station

Friend’s car fleet travels cross-country on “Station to Station” artist train “Station to Station: A Nomadic Happening” an Avant-garde traveling music, film, and art extravaganza hired the Friends of the 261 to assemble an assortment of cars that traveled...

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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 catalog was Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, Among the Cedar Rapids where many vintage aircraft and cars. [ngg...

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261 Test Runs

Milwaukee Road No. 261 makes test runs, preparations continue for Duluth excursion By Steve Glischinski Published: April 22, 2013 MINNEAPOLIS – On April 20, Milwaukee Road 4-8-4 No. 261 successfully pulled a five-car test train from Minneapolis to Glencoe on the Twin...

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First Steam Excursion in Four Years!

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's basement causing its guests to find other accommodations. For those of you that have reserved a room at the Radisson, we...

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2012 – Winter – Northern Lines

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, 2012. The locomotive last operated on Sept. 14, 2008, when it pulled a round trip excursion from Minneapolis to La Crosse,...

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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 ‘ready to roll’ and was kept up to Amtrak standards, but the Friends decided 2012 was a good time to finish updating the...

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2012 – Spring – Northern Lines

MILWAUKEE ROAD 261 GETS ITS WHEELS BACK, BOILER WORK PROCEEDING On Dec. 9, 2011, the rebuilding of Milwaukee Road 261 reached a milestone when the locomotive was placed back atop its four sets of driving wheels. No. 261 had been separated from its wheels since...

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Milwaukee Night at Model Railroad Club

Final Night Trains  Join the Friends of the 261 & the Twin City Model Railroad Museum on a special Saturday night "excursion" to see the final episode of Night Trains for the 2011-2012 season on Saturday, February 25. Featuring The Milwaukee Road for the entire...

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