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

Re/Max Advantage Plus is one of the preeminent real estate brokerages in central Minnesota. Founded by Eric Malmberg over 10 years ago, it has grown and flourished from one office location in Lakeville to more than 13 offices across the Twin Cities area.

Bell Mortgage is a division of Bell State Bank & Trust, and has helped its customers purchase homes for more than 130 years. Bell is the largest independently owned bank in the upper Midwest, and one of the largest in the nation, with assets of more than $3.5 billion and business in 50 states.

Trademark Title Services, Inc. helps its clients through the complexity of real estate title and closing processes. The company has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and has 13 offices in the Twin Cities metro area.