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Blast from the Past

Posted at: 05/11/2013 10:54 PM
By: EMILY HAAVIK
ehaavik@wdio.com

Saturday was Amtrak's National Train Day, and Duluth had a visit from a very unique train to celebrate.

Milwaukee Road Steam Locomotive #261 is an actual working steam engine that rolled into the Depot from the Twin Cities today. It weighs nearly 1 million pounds, can travel at speeds of up to 90 miles per hour, and can pull a mile-long freight train. Steve Sandberg, the chief operating officer, has been working on the locomotive for 20 years.

"The #261 was built in 1944 right at the peak of World War II, so it's an actual American hero," Sandberg said. "It was built to haul war troops."

The steam locomotive is here as part of the Lake Superior Railroad Museum's Train Day events. It'll be on display at the Depot today and tomorrow, along with another working steam locomotive operated by the North Shore Scenic Railroad.