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Where did the Caboose go?!?!?!?
Our next project is 4288 click for donation information
Come to ride newly restored 4451 we are open Sundays 11 am - 5 pm.

The Polar Express is back!!! Tickets go on sale 7/1/21 at 10 am

Polar Express Information

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

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

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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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

    Contact us:
    (847) 697-4676

    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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