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Blast from the past

Train aficionados offer special excursions.

The 261 steam train on tracks outside Red Wing, MN

© Torsten Muller

If you're in love with old trains, train aficionados can give you a ride.

In the fall, Friends of the 261 run special excursions on their 1944 Milwaukee Road steam locomotive (pictured). In October, No. 261 pulls cars down the Mississippi from Minneapolis to Winona and back. It also will run a trip from Winona to La Crescent to turn the locomotive.

Tickets in three classes are $99-$329 for the 278-mile round-trip to Winona, $89 for children. A coach ticket from Winona to La Crescent and back is $39. 

For regular excursions on vintage trains, see 5 great train rides. For more about trains and vintage-train lodgings, see Riding the rails.

Last updated on November 24, 2016