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261 in Chicago!
Posted by NDMatt on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 4:09 PM

I was working in the South Loop when I heard a steam locomotive whistle.  I used my lunch break to hunt down the source, and found Milwaukee Road 261 in the Amtrak yards!  It only had 5 cars or so behind it, and I didn't see anything about a Chicago trip on the 261  website, so I'm wondering why it's in Chicago...private excursion perhaps?

 Anybody know why it's in town?  More importantly, any know when it's leaving town?  Hopefully I can get some pics of it on its way north.

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Posted by Noah Hofrichter on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 4:33 PM

It was in town to film a movie at Chicago Union Station over the weekend. Unfortunately it's already headed towards home. It's overnighting in Milwaukee tonight (Tuesday), and will continue towards home on Wednesday.

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Posted by NDMatt on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 5:44 PM
What movie was it?  I drove through some of the filming for the Dillinger movie, I wonder if it was for the same one.
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Posted by Noah Hofrichter on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 5:52 PM

That was the one I believe, though I don't remember what the name of the movie is off hand.

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Posted by WSORatSussex on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 8:04 PM
Does anyone know when it is pulling out in the morning?
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Posted by Soo 61245 on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 8:56 PM

Someone at trainorders.com said they will leave Milw tomorrow mid morning, without a diesel.

 

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Posted by NDMatt on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 10:01 PM
There wasn't a diesel on the train in Chicago, so I would think it would be the consist all the way home.
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Posted by Boyd on Wednesday, May 21, 2008 12:46 PM
If anyone finds out if it will come back through Hudson Wi on the UP (old CNW line) and south of Bayport and Stillwater, please call my cell phone as it would be neat to see it. 651-210-2894

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Posted by WSORatSussex on Wednesday, May 21, 2008 2:22 PM
There was no diesel and it was spectacular at Pewaukee at high noon.
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Posted by wjstix on Friday, May 23, 2008 9:58 AM

 Boyd wrote:
If anyone finds out if it will come back through Hudson Wi on the UP (old CNW line) and south of Bayport and Stillwater, please call my cell phone as it would be neat to see it. 651-210-2894

Well too late now (I just heard about this trip, and the recent photographer's special - dang!) but normally when coming from Chicago 261 goes on CP's former Milwaukee line on the west bank of the Mississippi all the way up to Hastings, where it crosses over to the east bank for the last few miles to the Twin Cities.

I understand they're doing a trip this fall where 261 will go down the west bank and cross at LaCrosse WI and come back on the former CNW UP line up the east bank, but I assume that will cross the St.Croix at Prescott WI area and continue up the east bank of the Mississippi.

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Posted by FranklinC55 on Wednesday, May 28, 2008 10:48 PM
There was a P42 on the rear when it left CHicago. Amtk 51 was coupled to the Cedar Rapids car.
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