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)
When the crew would blow Milwaukee Road 261's whistle for the Zebra Avenue crossing, the cows on the farm would get scared and run away from the planned set up and photo line. By moving to the oth... (more)
The Sept. 13 MILW 261 excursion bound for La Crescent, MN departs the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area on CP tracks.
Sisters in steam pose at Red Wing.
The fireman of 261 shovels coal into the boiler.