Steam Train Trips - U.S. Midwest The CPR Empress (2816), Canadian Pacific Railway's restored steam locomotive, makes its first visit to the Midwest. We expect the July 2 roundtrip to Red Wing will be especially popular because the steamboat flotilla and the Milwaukee Road 261 steam locomotive will visit there that day as part of the Grand Excursion 150th anniversary celebration. See below for more details. Watch for future announcements about more opportunities to ride. When & Where: Wednesday, June 16 – Bensenville - Milwaukee – 09:30 – Board for 1000 departure at Bensenville Yard 12:30 – Board for 1330 departure at Milwaukee Amtrak Depot 16:00 – Arrive Portage Yard. Transportation from the yard is on your own Thursday, June 17 – Portage – Tomah – La Crosse – Winona – Red Wing – Shoreham one-way trip for CPR employees & guests. Transportation back to point of origin is on your own. 07:30 – Board for 08:00 departure at Portage Yard 09:30 – Board for 10:00 departure at Tomah Amtrak depot 11:15 – Board for 11:45 departure at La Crosse Amtrak depot 12:45 – Board for 13:15 departure at Winona Amtrak depot 14:45 – Board for 15:15 departure from Red Wing Amtrak depot 17:15 – Arrive Shoreham transload area in northeast Minneapolis. Transportation from the yard is on your own. Saturday, June 19 – CPR 2816 hauls two CPR and four Milwaukee Road 261 coaches carrying Milwaukee Road Historical Association ticket holders from Shoreham to La Crescent and back. Sunday, June 20 – Three roundtrips for CPR employees and guests from Shoreham to Cardigan Junction in Shoreview and back. 11:30 – Board at Shoreham transload area for 12:00 departure, return at 14:00 14:30 – Board at Shoreham transload area for 15:00 departure, return at 17:00 17:30 – Board at Shoreham transload area for 18:00 departure, return at 20:00 Friday, July 2 – One roundtrip for CPR employees and one guest each from St. Paul to Red Wing and back. The CPR 2816 train for employees will leave Lowertown St. Paul following the departure of the Milwaukee Road 261 Grand Excursion train from the same location at the upper level of the All-Right parking ramp at the corner of Broadway and Kellogg. This is east of the old post office and under the Highway 52 (Lafayette freeway) bridge. The Delta Queen and Mississippi Queen will be among the steamboats docked July 2 in Red Wing as part of the Grand Excursion 150th anniversary celebration. 09:00 – Board at upper level of All-Right Parking Ramp at Broadway & Kellogg in Lowertown section of St. Paul for 09:30 departure 11:30 – Arrive at Red Wing Amtrak depot and board shuttle buses to go to Baypoint Park for Grand Excursion food tents 1515 – Return by shuttle buses to begin re-boarding at Red Wing Amtrak depot ahead of the arrival of the Grand Excursion train, Milwaukee Road 261, which will follow the 2816 on the return trip to St. Paul 1545 – Depart Red Wing for return to St. Paul 1700 – Arrive in St. Paul. Saturday, July 3 – Empress 2816 steam locomotive is attached to the Milwaukee Road 261 locomotive and coaches and carries Grand Excursion passengers from St. Paul to La Crescent over BNSF and returns to St. Paul via CPR.