Fox River Trolley Museum

Special Events 2017

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Sunday, May 14, 2017 - Mother's Day

(Opening Day 2017)

The Museum helps celebrate Mother's Day. Mother and the entire family enjoy rides in our antique trolleys along the beautiful Fox River and through the John Duerr Forest Preserve. Have a picnic at either location. Mothers and Grandmothers ride free with paid child's fare.

Saturday and Sunday, June 10 and 11, 2017 - "Rails to Victory"

Remember our veterans this summer during the 73rd Anniversary of World War II by attending the Fox River Trolley Museum's "Rails to Victory" WWII Living History Reenactment. Experience a World War II military encampment, view Period Battles on the banks of the Fox River, be a fan at an actual US Home Front Baseball game with the Rockford Peaches made famous in the 1992 Tom Hanks and Geena Davis film, "A League of their Own", and ride the museum trolleys into occupied France to experience the suspense and drama of the heroism of the American Allies.

It is occupied France, June 1944, just after the landings of D-Day when French Partisans rose up to destroy rail bridges, cut telephone wires and generally disrupt the German rear lines to ease the advance of the Allies. Each day, in addition to the Museum's regular trolley runs before and after the special excursions, the public is invited to ride special fare tours which will recreate the European Interurban rail service that ran between Paris and Rouen, France, along the Seine River during the Summer of 1944.

Passengers will board at Castlemuir Depot (Paris St. Lazare Station) and be required to present their French ID papers to the German Reichsbahn Railroad Conductors. During the hour long round trip journey of 4 miles on the museum's track to Duerr Forest Preserve and back, passengers will experience period WW2 French civilians sharing the ride with them, French Partisans, German and American Allied Military Patrols and skirmishes, and Secret British SOE Spy Operations.

The Occupied France Trolley Adventure is an immersive performance presented by WW2 Actors portraying historical characters from the war and will put passengers right into the action. Passengers will view and experience small performance stops along the trolley's route recreating a variety of scenarios that played out in occupied France during the war. Passengers should be prepared to play along with the actors to fully enjoy the experience. This performance is family friendly; however, it is not recommended for very young children who may be upset by load noises, theatrical gun fire, and battle reenacting.

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Sunday, June 10, 2017 - Father's Day

"Father Knows Best" when he brings the entire family including grandfathers for a pleasant summer afternoon riding the Museum's antique trolleys.  Fathers and grandfathers ride free with payment of a child's fare.  Start the day off with a meal at any one of South Elgin's fine restaurants finishing it off with a ride along the Fox River and through the Jon Duerr Forest Preserve.


Monday, July 4, 2017 - RED, WHITE AND BLUE VALUE DAY!

Have a great Independence Day at the Fox River Trolley Museum and the Village's spectacular Independence Day parade!  Come celebrate with us this year when all rides will only be $2.00A bargain for the entire family.


Saturday and Sunday August 19 and 20, 2017 - South Elgin Riverfest Express 

The Village and the Museum celebrate the long weekend along the Fox River with food, music, trolley rides, viewing historic rail cars and exhibits, carnival rides and FIREWORKS! Village celebration starts Thursday afternoon.


Sundays, September 17 and 24, 2017 - Caboose Days

Ride with the Conductor in the Big Red Caboose or Locomotive!


Saturdays, October 14 and 21 and Sundays, October 15 and 22, 2017

Pumpkin Trolley

The pumpkin harvest is complete and the corn is in the shock ... and Indian summer with beautiful autumn colors decorate the "Ole Pumpkin Patch." Pick up a pumpkin at the patch and enjoy a small treat - great family fun at low cost. Regular Ticket Prices Apply. 

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