Milwaukee Road 261: Volume one

MILW 261 at speed Long Lake June 15th 2008
In June of 2008 Milwaukee Road Class S-3 4-8-4 261 wheeled a couple BNSF Employee Appreciation specials through Long Lake, MN. This picture is one of my favorites of the bunch; here she is splitting the signals in Long Lake as her crew gives her plenty of steam for the run from Minneapolis Junction to Howard Lake and return. Photo taken by Tony Held on June 15th, 2008.
MILW 261 with BNSF empolyee appreciation train Long Lake June 15th 2008
A wider shot of the 261 splitting the signals. Photo taken by Tony Held on June 15th, 2008.

BNSF Dash 8 515 on hind end of BNSF employee appreciation special Long Lake June 15th 2008
A BNSF Dash-8 (515) was the unit tacked onto the hind end of the 2008 Employee Appreciation runs to Howard Lake. Photo taken by Tony Held on June 15th, 2008.
261 BNSF Employee Appreciation special meeting eastbound sand train Long Lake June 16th 2008
The first three pics were taken on a Sunday evening; I made sure to put in for the next day off from work so I could catch the following shots of the 261. Here the Employee Appreciation Special is easing past an eastbound freight that is making a run-around the westbound excursion via the siding that stretches from eastern Long Lake to western Wayzata on the BNSF Wayzata sub. Photo taken by Tony Held on June 16th, 2008.
Close up of MILW 261 Long Lake June 16th 2008
A close-up shot of the 261 with the westbound BNSF EAS. Photo taken by Tony Held on June 16th, 2008.
Green signal for 261 after see saw meet with sand train Long Lake June 16th 2008
With the eastbound in the clear, the east-facing main track signal at the Long Lake end of the siding glows a welcome green for 261’s crew. Photo taken by Tony Held on June 16th, 2008.
Santa Fe Super Dome Bay View Long Lake June 16th 2008
Here is a former Santa Fe Super Dome -the Bay View- which was included in the 2008 BNSF EAS trips from Minneapolis Junction to Howard Lake. Photo taken by Tony Held on June 16th, 2008.
261 BNSF Employee Appreciation special accelerating for Howard Lake Long Lake June 16th 2008
There goes the EAS special leaving Long Lake behind as Dash-8 515 brings up the rear. Photo taken by Tony Held on 6-16-2008.