A blast from the past: Steam engine’s visit to Willmar captures history, romance of the railroad
WILLMAR — A piece of history chugged into town Saturday with a visit by the Milwaukee Road No. 261, a steam locomotive restored to the heyday of the steam-powered train.
Spectators waited in a cold rain Saturday morning for a sight of the train, which was carrying more than 300 passengers on a 186-mile round trip excursion from Minneapolis to Willmar and back.
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