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Spent last weekend chasing Milwaukee Road #261 on its first trip after being rebuilt. The weather was weird with everything from sun, clouds, wind, snow and sleet. What a mixed bag but all in all a nice trip.

Below are some of my shots from the trip and Night Photo Session.

First shot of the rebuilt #261 northbound near Bethel, MN looking nice and shiny on its way to Duluth, MN by kschmidt626, on Flickr

#261 just north of Cambridge enters a dust storm caused by strong cross winds. May 2013 by kschmidt626, on Flickr

The Skytop Observation Cedar Rapids brings up the rear of the #261 Excursion train from Minneapolis, MN to Duluth, MN by kschmidt626, on Flickr

Beginning of the night photo session still some blue in the sky and nice exhaust from #261. by kschmidt626, on Flickr

Milw #261 steams in Duluth after completing a successful trip from Minneapolis, MN by kschmidt626, on Flickr

What a pair of faces only a steam fan could love. #261 and #2719 meet for the first time in Duluth, MN by kschmidt626, on Flickr

Milw #261 poses with Soo #2719 at Railroad Museum in Duluth, MN by kschmidt626, on Flickr

#261 southbound on the High Bridge at Holyoke, MN returning to Minneapolis, MN on a cloudless May 12, 2013 by kschmidt626, on Flickr

Blue skies behind the colorful consist behind Milw #261 on the bridge over Kettle Creek by kschmidt626, on Flickr

Looking good in the early evening sun and steaming once again after being rebuilt. GOOD LUCK !! on another 15 years. by kschmidt626, on Flickr

There is more to come, Hopefully.

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