Howard Lake-Waverly Herald, Sept. 20, 1999
Engine No. 261 'on time'
By William Deiter
Deiter, formerly of Howard Lake, is a volunteer member of the engine service crew.
For those of you who were in Howard Lake Sept. 11 and 12, you received a special treat.
Not only did you have the opportunity to see the Milwaukee Road Steam Locomotive No. 261, you also witnessed firsthand the last special excursion pulled by a steam locomotive anywhere in North America on a Class 1 mainline, of this century.
I have compiled some facts and figures about the locomotive for those of you who are interested.
Milwaukee Road No. 261
Engine class: S-3 4-8-4
Engine weight: 460,000 pounds
Engine and tender loaded weight: approximately 855,000 pounds
Tractive effort at start-up: 62,800 pounds
Maximum horsepower: approximately 1,000
Cylinder bore: 26 inches
Cylinder stroke: 32 inches
Boiler pressure: 250 psi
Wheel diameter: 74 inches
Boiler main barrel capacity: 8,000 U.S. gallons
Tender capacities: 33 tons of coal to the top of the sideboards; 20,000 gallons of water
Approximate range: 300 miles
For more information, contact Friends of the 261, 4322 Lakepoint Court, Shoreview, MN 55126.
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