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 history, both when it was built and when it came to the Friends. American Car & Foundry constructed the car in 1947...

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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 inspect the main roller bearings on the wheel, and to establish a better fit of the wheel on the axle hub. Although the...

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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's own Humboldt yard and Convention Center in downtown. [ngg src="galleries" ids="54" display="basic_slideshow"...

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2011 – Spring – Northern Lines

PASSENGER CAR MODIFICATIONS, UPGRADES MOVE AHEAD This winter, the Friends of the 261 have been busy making modifications and upgrades to our passenger cars. Crews have been working on Skytop lounge observation Cedar Rapids , parlor car Wisconsin Valley and...

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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 renovating the upper level of Super Dome 53. This year we have undertaken repairs of the observation end of the Cedar Rapids....

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2010 Abduction

<<Gallery August, 2010 – Clocker Coaches used in filming of a new movie, “Abduction" The Friends were contacted by a movie company and asked if we had any coaches they could temporarily paint to look like Amtrak cars. In Mid August the cars were sent to...

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2008 BNSF EAS

Every so often the BNSF does Employee Appreciation Specials, in 2008 the Friends was asked by the BNSF if we would do the honors in pulling the BNSF cars from MPLS Junction to Howard Lake, just west of the Cities. [ngg src="galleries" ids="50"...

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