261 heads into Union Station for the filming of "Public Enemies" with no Amtrak power and an all-Milwaukee consist. The clouds were thwarting most attempts at good shots, but right as the 261 reac... (more)
It's not so often that you can see a 4-8-4 hauling freight tonnage on the same R.O.W. it did back in the 1940's and 1950's!
Underway - the start of a new day.
Rain, steam, and speed. In the middle of a downpour #261 roars through Stewart.
Waiting to start the days work.
An attempt to put the 261 through some tight curves on the Wisconsin Central caused to rails to start turning over. You can see the rails are at an angle. Crews were frantic, but engineer stopped ... (more)
A steam special ties up for the night. After nearly rolling the rails at tower B12 in Franklin Park when attempting to turn the engine the 261 was returned to Schiller Park. Crews contemplate on w... (more)
This image is from Pete Lerro's great 261 charter on the Twin Cities & Western with this perfectly matched MILW consist. I like this picture but the smoke is all wrong. There was a 10 mph track r... (more)
Headlight and Number boards of 261.
Through the fog. With the westbound photo charter over and the weather getting worse, Milwaukee Road 4-8-4 261 prepares to drop its gondolas in the siding near the Buffalo Lake grain elevat... (more)
261 is heading back to the Twin Cities on the return leg of her "Circle Trip," which went down the on the CP on the Minnesota side of the Mississippi and returned on the BNSF in Wisconsin. Runnin... (more)
Nature didn't provide the sun today, so I had to go with "sunflowers" instead.
If you capture motion in a wide shot, do you call it a panscape? 261 stretches her legs in light rain south of Kellogg, MN.
The sun didn't exactly cooperate this weekend, but 261 still put on a pretty good show.