This group of kids waiting to board a late Amtrak Empire Builder got an unexpected living history lesson when Milwaukee 261 showed up at their platform. Some were terrorized by the hissing black ... (more)
A film crew gets some footage while 261 gets serviced in Portage. Note that even the cement hopper is lettered "MILW" and the last 2 digits are "61".
On home rails Milwaukee 261 heads west.
The only active RR tunnel in Wisconsin sees a special train.
Our train has stopped to throw a switch. Mr. Dan McFadden adds the following: "That is a CNJ switcher (RS-3) off in the distance. They had quite a business with local industry in High Bridge. The... (more)
Looking at the back of our CNJ steam special in 1953 before departing Dover, the human element is most facinating. Mr. Dan McFadden adds this caption info, "the trip covered the Rockaway Branch. ... (more)
A train full of railfans on the CNJ departs Dover. The man by the switch with the hat is probably the Trainmaster puffing on his cigar making sure we are having a good time. The steam was all go... (more)
Railfans from the '50s record the 810 before reboarding and departing Dover, on what may have been a N. Jersey Chptr. NRHS excursion. From correspondance with viewers, we surmise the trip covere... (more)
The Buick is only 4 years younger than 261 and makes a classy chasing vehicle.
MILW 261 is headed east about to duck under I-39 after passing 'the electrics' (the x-overs in the distance) leaving Mendota for Chicago in the evening glint.
A friendly wave from the head end greets onlookers and railfans as the MILW 261 hustles through Alma alongside the Mississippi. This was the 'circle trip' coinciding with the 2004 NRHS Convention... (more)
MILW 261 steams it up nicely returning to Chicago from Galesburg.
The NRHS 'circle trip' with MILW 261 departs St. Paul after a flurry of traffic at Hoffman clears, the last of which is an empty hopper train. To see the action a few minutes before, click more)
The 2004 NRHS "circle trip" saw the 261 run downriver from St. Paul to LaCrosse on the BNSF, then on the CP back up the Minnesota side of the river. Here the 261 highballs LaCrosse.
MILW 261 crosses the St. Croix River into Wisconsin under the eye of the bridgetender.