A regional railroad company that operates in North Dakota and Minnesota is treating its customers to free rides in an antique locomotive as it celebrates its 30th anniversary.

A regional railroad company that operates in North Dakota and Minnesota is treating its customers to free rides in an antique locomotive as it celebrates its 30th anniversary.

The Red River Valley & Western Railroad began its celebration Wednesday and will continue Friday and Saturday, the Daily News (http://bit.ly/2swFjOV ) reported.
Passengers have the opportunity to experience a special trip on the Milwaukee Road 261 steam locomotive that takes North Dakota residents from Wahpeton to Colfax and back.

Dan Zink is the president of economic development and community affairs for Red River Valley & Western Railroad. He said the locomotive was provided by the Minneapolis-based Friends of the 261, a nonprofit volunteer group that aims to promote public understanding of the history of the railroad in the Midwest.

"They are a non-profit volunteer group that has accomplished amazing things with this equipment," said Zink.
The volunteer group rides with the customers to answer questions about the locomotive.

The Red River Valley & Western Railroad is an independent railroad that owns track on the Burlington Northern Railroad. It helps businesses and industries in the region transport their products.

"What we and other short-line railroads do better than anyone else is that we keep communities alive," Zink said.