blog, Trackside With Tony (Blog) Milwaukee Road 261: volume two May 12, 2013 Tony It is not often you see a steam locomotive from your apartment! Here is the 261 as she runs in reverse as the 2008 BNSF employee appreciation special passes through Long Lake on the BNSF Wayzata sub bound for Minneapolis Junction. This would be my last photo of the engine for a long time. Photo taken by Tony Held on 6-16-2008. The long dry spell ended on a blustery National Train Day 2013 in Andover, Minnesota. As she appeared chugging around a curve south of the Bunker Lake Blvd grade crossing on the BNSF Hinckley Sub, I took my first photo of her since that Monday back in 2008. This and following photos all taken by Tony Held on 5-11-2013. Then I proceeded to take an even better one … … then this really cool shot of that classy Milwaukee Road Class S-3 4-8-4 (who looks even better without her Mars light!) … … then I wound up being like O. Winston Link quite by accident (that’s Amtrak Genesis number 12 behind her by the way) … … and made sure to catch the Skytop obs “Cedar Rapids” as it brought up the markers with a grand total of four (count ’em, four!) big dome cars ahead of it. Too bad it blurred around the Mars light a little. Note the spectators in the right background.