Friends of the 261 National Railroad Day 2012 Excursion

261 Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids, newly renovated one-of-a-kind observation car

This May,  Friends of the 261 is offering another “trip back in time” opportunity to ride vintage passenger cars from the Twin Cities to Milwaukee and then on to Chicago behind Amtrak’s Empire Builder. Comfortably relax aboard fully restored luxury cars offering an all premium class journey that you’re sure to cherish for years to come! Meticulously refurbished, these cars recall the era when traveling was half the fun of a vacation. Dining and beverages are included in this memorable travel experience.

Featured cars include:
 Super Dome 53

Super Dome 53

Super Dome 53: Premium Class Dining and Dome Car
Cedar Rapids:  NEWLY-RENOVATED, one-of-a-kind observation car
DATES: May 11 – May 13, 2012

TIME: Departure on May 11 at 7:50 am
Depart Chicago Union Station May 13 at 2:15 pm
Return to MSP on May 13 at 10:31 pm

Proceeds from this excursion are used in supporting the restoration of Milwaukee Road Steam Locomotive 261.

For reservations and more on the 2012 National Railroad Day excursion, click here.


The Friends of the 261 Skytop Cedar Rapids inside looking aft at the Milwaukee Station Recorded on July 13, 2010 using a Flip Video camcorder.

2012 Amtrak National Train Day – The Friends of the 261

DATES: May 11 – May 13, 2012. TIME: Depart Amtrak MSP Station on May 11 at 7:50 am* (map) Arrive at Chicago Union Station on May 11 at 3:55 pm* Depart Chicago Union Station on May 13 at 2:15 pm* Return to Amtrak MSP Station on

Publish Date: 01/17/2012 10:00

MILW 261 sold to RHMA / Friends of 261 | SteamCentral

(Photo by Aaron Jors.) The Green Bay Press Gazette reports that the National Railroad Museum has sold ex-Milwaukee Railroad 4-8-4 261 to.

Publish Date: 05/08/2010 8:51

Private rail car – Friends of the 261 Inc. | Flickr – Photo Sharing!

RHMA accomplishes this goal by preserving, restoring, operating and interpreting historic locomotives and rail cars. RHMA got its start in 1991 as the “Friends of the 261 Inc.” a volunteer group that supported the operation of

Publish Date: 11/08/2011 15:27

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