Milwaukee Road 261 to pull steam excursion to Duluth

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MINNEAPOLIS – Milwaukee Road 4-8-4 No. 261 will steam again this fall, pulling a 300-mile round trip over BNSF Railway from Minneapolis to Duluth. The Minneapolis-based nonprofit Friends of the 261 owns the locomotive, which is marking its 70th anniversary this year.

The American Locomotive Co. completed the locomotive in 1944, but it was only used in regular service until 1954.

Preliminary plans, subject to necessary agreements and approvals from Amtrak, call for No. 261 to depart Minneapolis at 9 a.m. on Sept. 27, traveling via BNSF Railway’s ex-Great northern Hinckley and Lakes subdivisions to the Lake Superior Railroad Museum in Duluth for a 3 p.m. arrival.

After overnighting at the museum, the excursion will return to Minneapolis on Sept. 28 on the same route, leaving Duluth at noon and arriving in Minneapolis at 5:30 p.m.

The excursion will include coach, first class, and premium class seating. Premium class includes seating in ex-Milwaukee Road Skytop observation Cedar Rapids or Super Dome 53.

No. 261 is the largest coal-burning steam locomotive in operation in the U.S. The Friends of the 261 purchased the engine in 2010 from the National Railroad Museum of Green Bay, Wis. The Milwaukee Road donated the engine to the museum in 1956.

For more information, go to www.261.com.

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