There are many ways to help support the Friends of the 261, click on any option for further details.

Become a member

Members receive periodic newsletters updating them on all thing 261, from the engine itself to the fleet, to trips and more. Members also have exclusive rights to volunteer working on the equipment whether it be helping in restorations, to cleaning, and even helping on one of our many excursions. Members also receive occasional discounts on sale items and advance notification of some excursions.


Every little donation helps, from screws to brake shoes, to soap and paint, it all adds up, and as the cars get older the repairs become more costly. Your donation will go a long way in helping keep history alive for generations to come. Friends of the 261 is a registered 501(c)3 Non-profit organization, which means you are able to right off your donation on your taxes.


Looking for a way to get your company involved? Help sponsor a trip or an event! Your sponsorship means more trips, more lights on the North Pole Express, more cookies and cocoa for the kids and oh so much more. Contact us today on how you can help sponsor the 261!

Some of our current sponsors