Fully restored, the 261 is the centrepiece of The Friends of the 261. This group, formally incorporated as Railroading Heritage of Midwest America, is a 501 (c)3 non-profit educational organization. Our mission is to promote public understanding of the great history of railroading in the Midwest. We preserve, restore, operate, and interpret historic locomotives and railcars. We make history dramatically come to life!

Not only is it exciting to watch and ride our excursions, but it is fun to participate in our educational programs and to learn how railroads were – and are today – important to your Nation and your City.

Benefits of membership include:

The informative newsletter Northern Lines is emailed to all members on a bi-annual basis. The newsletter lets members know about upcoming 261 trips, new products, activities, and events.

Members receive advance mailings, informing them of excursion trips pulled by 261 and periodic discounts on tickets.

Membership in the Friends is tax deductible. All proceeds from memberships, excursion trips, and souvenir sales go to keeping 261 in top operating condition. Fill out the application at the right to become a member and help keep the memory of Midwest steam railroading alive!

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Current 261 Supporters



Due to Overwhelming request to no longer have membership login, we have simplified the membership application/renewal & donation process. Simply fill out the form below and we will take it from there. Don’t worry you will still be able to see newsletters online and get the same benefits, just in a more user friendly way for all of our supporters.