Duluth adds ‘cool train’ to milieu of arriving transportation antiquities

Milwaukee Road 261

This Saturday at about 3 p.m. the Milwaukee Road 261 stream engine will pull into Duluth with about 500 passengers and a heaping load of history. The Duluth News-Tribune reports that the train’s appearance for “National Train Day” might well be regarded by railroad enthusiasts with the same fervor as this summer’s upcoming tall ships arrival and next fall’s hot air balloon festival.

National Train Day commemorates the meeting of the Union and Central Pacific railroads to complete the transcontinental railway. If you happen to be in Duluth to see the Milwaukee Road 261, be sure to check out the Historic Union Depot and Lake Superior Train Museum. There you can see the William Crooks steam engine, the first steam engine to run in Minnesota — a state that was practically owned by the railroads in its early days.

My sons Henry, Doug and George in front of the William Crooks last summer.

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