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The Fox River Trolley Museum

 
The Fox River Trolley Museum offers a nostalgic trip back to an era when the electric trolley car was a vital part of American life. The museum operates a variety of antique trolleys, many from lines long vanished, over trackage that once connected Carpentersville, Elgin, Aurora, and Yorkville. A visit to the Fox River Trolley Museum can be educational and fun for the entire family.
Address: South Elgin, IL, 60177    
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The Fox River Trolley Museum
While a trolley ride is a new occurrence for many of the museum's young riders, the Fox River Line itself is not new, dating back to 1896. At the turn of the century this interurban line was part of the Elgin, Aurora and Southern Traction Company and ran about 40 miles along the Fox River from Carpentersville to Yorkville. It also included and was connected to the streetcar systems of Elgin and Aurora.
The Relic Trolley Museum was opened July 4, 1966. The first rides only went about as far as the present day car barn which was as far as the trolley wire had been strung. Over the next few months the wire was extended to the present day southern end of the line, other cars acquired and ridership increased.
Now the Fox River Trolley Museum is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to perpetuating the memories of Chicago's once-burgeoning electric railroad industry. Cars in operation or on display represent all of Chicago's major interurban (inter-city) electric railways, "L" and streetcar lines. All museum workers are volunteers dedicated to recreating a bygone era.
The Fox River Trolley Museum is a great place for the whole family - Education through demonstration and fun. There are now two destinations - The Jon Duerr (Blackhawk) Forest Preserve and Castlemuir in South Elgin. The Jon Duerr (Blackhawk) Forest Preserve line opened in June 2002 is a new way to observe and enjoy nature as well as offering a nostalgic trip back to an era when electric trolley cars were part of everyday life. A genuine old-time trolley transports you along an authentic railway which has operated ever since Independence Day, 1896.
In addition to the ride, you can inspect a variety of antique trolleys which cover a span of history from 1891 to 1952. Picnic tables are available are available at the Museum and Jon Duerr (Blackhawk) Forest Preserve. Hiking trails, fishing, bird watching, observing prairie plants and just plain relaxing are part of the Blackhawk Forest Preserve educational experience.
Hours of Operating:
Sundays - From May 11 to November 2 - Hours 11am to 5pm
Saturdays - From June 28 to August 30 and Oct 11th, 18th, and 25th. - Hours 11am to 5pm
Holidays - Memorial Day, Independence Day (July 4) and Labor Day
The Fox River Trolley Museum is not open on weekdays.
The Museum Store, located in the depot at Castlemuir, offers a variety of merchandise related to the trolley era.
Celebrate birthdays and anniversaries on chartered trains at the Museum!

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361 South LaFox Street South Elgin, IL, 60177

Website: The Fox River Trolley Museum  The Fox River Trolley Museum offers a nostalgic trip back to an era when the electric trolley car was a vital part of American life.

 

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