In the summer of 2017, Milwaukee
Road 261 traveled from Minneapolis to Breckenridge, Minnesota to take
part in the 30th anniversary of regional railroad Red River Valley &
Western. RRV&W operates nearly 500 miles of former Northern Pacific
and Great Northern routes in North Dakota. On its 30th anniversary, the
railroad invited the Friends of the Milwaukee Road 261 to operate
special excursions over parts of its system.
Our program covers the
equipment moves on BNSF trackage to and from Breckenridge without
passengers, plus four sunny days featuring multiple trips over several
different lines of the RRV&W. Several of these excursions were
during evening hours, resulting in stunning lighting on some of North
Dakota’s longest days of the year.
We also take a side
trip to nearby Dalton, Minnesota for a special visit to the Lake Region
Pioneer Threshermen’s Association, where we see their 1914 steam
locomotive in operation.
This was new territory for 261 - great weather and long summer days make this one of the most memorable 261 adventures ever!