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Closed for the remainder of 2020

Please read information provided below before visiting.

To our Friends and Guests;

In the wake of COVID-19 the museum is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all.

  • In accordance with Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, all of our staff will be wearing masks and promoting social distancing.
  • Other steps that we are taking to keep everyone safe include providing a hand washing station and hand sanitizer for use by our guests.
  • We will be cleaning surfaces regularly around the grounds and cleaning cars after each trip. 
  • To ensure we can properly clean our equipment between each trip,  the museum will be running all trains on a schedule with departures every hour from our Castlemuir Station on the museum grounds in South Elgin, IL. Trains will depart at 11:05 am, 12:05 pm, 1:05 pm, 2:05 pm, 3:05 pm and 4:05 pm.
  • Trains will be limited to 25 passengers per trip until restrictions put in place by the Governor are lifted. Tickets for these trips can still be purchased on a walk-up basis. 
  • The health and safety of our guests and staff are our top priority in these times. We ask that our guests please wear masks while visiting and adhere to social distancing guidelines of staying at least 6 feet away from others. Washing hands or using hand sanitizer after touching surfaces is highly recommended.
  • An important part of keeping everyone safe is that if you or any member if your party experience any COVID-19 symptoms, such as coughing, fever, difficulty breathing, or other flu-like systems, to please stay home. It is up to everyone to keep each other safe and healthy and that all starts with you!
  • The museum has come up with many other procedures, which we will be following in the coming months. As restrictions are lifted or put back in place, we will be adapting, as appropriate new procedures, and we will be sure to keep everyone up to date with the latest information. Links to the IDPH and CDC can also be found on our website. 
  • We thank everyone for their continued support and cooperation and look forward to continuing to provide our mission statement of Education through Demonstration for many years to come!

Edward J. Konecki


Fox River Trolley Museum

    THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Rides are cancelled for 2020

    It is with a heavy heart that we, unfortunately, must inform you that our annual THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Rides  have been canceled this year. Circumstances beyond our control have caused us to reach this decision. The Crew, cast, and especially Santa were all looking forward to this event and seeing everyone. We truly appreciate all of the support and patronage everyone has shared with us during this very trying year.

    Due to recent increases in COVID-19 positivity rates, Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are announcing COVID-19 resurgence mitigations to be implemented in Region 8 (Kane and DuPage counties), beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, November 11, 2020.

    As part of these mitigation efforts, group gathering will be limited to 10 people. Unfortunately, we will not be able to run this event in compliance with these new restrictions. The safety of our patrons and volunteers is our top priority.

    All orders have been cancelled and all refunds have been issued as of 11/10/20 1:15 pm

    Upcoming events

    Dates are subject to change due to Covid-19, please check back before visiting us.

    • No upcoming events

    Miss Heather and Miss Janelle came to visit on 8/28/20 to record some stories. These stories will be posted in September or October on their website 

    Board Meetings 

    All meetings are held at Elgin Township

    729 S. Mclean Blvd Elgin, IL 60123

    Until further notice:

    Meetings will be held via Zoom. If you are a member that would like to attend, please reach out to

    SEPTEMBER 12 2020 1:30 pm- Via Zoom


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    (847) 697-4676

    365 S La Fox St, South Elgin, IL 60177           

    P.O. Box 315

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