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Forum News Service, Published May 06 2013

Steam trains arrive for celebration in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. - Duluth will be the place to be for steam locomotive enthusiasts this weekend.

And for the first time in years, more than 500 of them will arrive from the Twin Cities on a train pulled by the historic Milwaukee Road 261 locomotive.

The 261’s two-day visit will be its first to Duluth in several years and its first trip following a four-year overhaul. It is operated by the Minneapolis-based Friends of the 261.

“We love coming to Duluth; it’s an extremely popular trip, and the overnight thing works well,” said Friends COO and 261 engineer Steve Sandberg.

Planning for the 261’s post-overhaul inaugural excursion began some time back. Visit Duluth helped advertise the trip, which sold out.

The passengers will ride in 15 cars, all dating from the 1940s and 50s.