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The Museum Needs You for Giving Tuesday and Giving December

Your Financial Support Matters

Your contributions over the years has seen significant improvement in the Museum's Historic Collection, Campus, and Demonstration Railroad

During 2022, Donations from Members and the Public were critical for

  • The almost complete restoration of Chicago Aurora and Elgin car 458, which hopefully will start Museum Service in 2023.  We need your help to finish the interior restoration
  • A significant Investment in our 1896 demonstration railroad to continue safe operation.  Each year, we need support to continue the work of replacing at least 200 railroad ties a year
  • The continued restoration of 1913 built Chicago Aurora and Elgin car 316.   A wood car that is being restored to its 1920s appearance.  
  • The construction of a high level ADA accessible platform on Track 2 to allow wheel chair bound people to enjoy a ride into history.  We still need to update our last platform for ADA accessibility so your donations truly matter for making the Museum more accessible

For 2023, we need your donations even more for

  • New Wheels for 1902 built Chicago Aurora and Elgin car 20.   After 56 seasons at the museum (1966 - 2022) and 55 years in commercial service (1902 - 1957), Car 20, which turned 120 years old in 2022, needs new wheels.   The current wheels are worn out and must be replaced before the car can once again take people for a ride along the Fox River.  Work on putting new wheels on Car 20 will need to be contracted out.  Your help and contributions today and tomorrow are critical for bringing back car 20 as soon as possible for another 50+ years at the Fox River Trolley Museum  

Your contributions matter
for keeping the Museum in your future for years to come.   Please click the link below to invest in your museum by making a contribution today.   You can donate a single amount or set up a monthly donation program.   Remember, the Fox River Trolley Museum is a 501(c)(3) registered Illinois Not For Profit Corporation.   Donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law

See you for our 57th season in 2023

Thanks to all of our Visitors, Members, and Volunteers for making out 56th Season one of the best ever.   Looking forward to a fantastic 2023

Our 57th Season - See you Next Year

Opening Day Next Year - Sunday May 7, 2023

What to do This Weekend at the Museum... 

Now Closed for the Season.!


Bunny Train starts Saturday, March 25.   Tickets go on sale 02/01/2023

Sunday May 7, 2023 - Opening Day

Historic Trolley Excursions - 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
The whole family will enjoy our Antique Historic Trolley Excursions along the banks of the Fox River to the heart of the Jon J Duerr Forest Preserve.   Trains leave South Elgin Castlemuir Station every 45-minutes starting at 11:00 AM

Cars Running: To Be Determined

See our economical all day admission prices for unlimited train rides, location, and schedule

Sunday May 14, 2023 - Mothers Day - Mom's Ride Free

Historic Trolley Excursions and Free Admission for Mom - 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

The Museum celebrates Mother's Day where Mom, Grandma, Great Grandma and more will have free admission for free all-day rides when accompanied by 1-paid admission.   All Mom's Grandmas, and Great Grandmas will receive a FREE Red Carnation.
Mom and the  whole family will enjoy our Antique Historic Trolley Excursions along the banks of the Fox River to the heart of the Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve   Trains leave South Elgin Castlemuir Station every 45-minutes starting at 11:00 AM

Cars Running: To Be Determined

See our economical all day admission prices for unlimited train rides, location, and schedule

What to Do in the Fox River Valley?

See What Chicago Parent has to say about the Fox River Trolley Museum

Chicago Parent - A Trip Back in Time at the Fox River Trolley Museum...


WTTW's Geoffrey Bear Visits the Fox River Valley and the Fox River Trolley Museum  
Museum video starts at 54-minutes in.

Private Charters Also Available - See Below...

Regular Operating Day - Sunday May 15, 2022   11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Antique Historic Trolley Excursion along the banks of the Fox River to the heart of the Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserv.   Trains leave South Elgin Castlemuir Station every 45-minuts starting at 11:00 AM

Polar Express is SOLD OUT


Where did the Caboose go?!?!?!?
Our current restoration project is 4288; click for donation information
POLAR EXPRESS TICKETS ON SALE JUNE 1 2022 AT 12:00 AM CDT
POLAR EXPRESS TICKETS ON SALE JUNE 1 2022 AT 12:00 AM CDT
Come to ride newly restored 4451 we are open Sundays 11 am - 5 pm.
Open July 4th - Happy Birthday America


Private Charters available!!

Currently our private charters start at $250 donation for the first hour. The charter includes exclusive access to one of our trolley cars for an hour on any weekend (weekdays may be available for an additional fee, based on volunteer availability) of your choosing.  A 2-person crew (motorman and conductor) would be provided to take you anywhere along our railroad that you’d like. Please fill out information below, include date and time requested and best contact number.

**Capacity of trains will be restricted to follow CDC guidelines on the date and time of the charter. 


Opening Day 2021






Spring P and family enjoyed their private charter on 3/14/21 to celebrate son turning 2!!!!


Trainmaster Damin posing with the Birthday boy and sister.


Board Meetings 

All meetings are held at
Elgin Township

729 S. Mclean Blvd
Elgin, IL 60123

If you are a member that would like to attend, please reach out to

info@foxtrolley.org

Saturday, January 28, 2023 at 1:30 PM



Membership

Become a Fox River Trolley Museum member today and receive updates and discounts about museum events. Click below for more information.

Join us Today!

Annual Membership Meeting
To be Scheduled September / October 2023
Elgin Township Hall
729 S. Mclean Blvd
Elgin, IL  60123

Contact us:

General Information (847) 697-4676  Info@foxtrolley.org

Event and Ticket questions (312) 473-0993 Foxtrolleytickets@foxtrolley.org


Address:
365 S La Fox St, South Elgin, IL 60177           

P.O. Box 315

The Fox River Trolley Museum is an IRS 501(c)(3) Illinois Not for Profit Corporation.
Donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. 

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