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THE POLAR EXPRESS™ train rides tickets

THE POLAR EXPRESS™ train rides tickets are currently sold out. 

Facemasks are required while onboard our trains regardless of vaccination status.  Facemasks are not required while outdoors where social distancing can be maintained.  We are currently not limiting the capacity of our trains.

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 Passing of Ed Tredup

Edward Tredup and his late wife Helen were not only neighbors to our railway but members of the museum as well.  He constructed an outbuilding which looks like a motorcar shed along our line at a place which he called “Woodcliff” after the street up on the bluff that parallels the Aurora Elgin and Fox River tracks.  He was a very supportive community member and a collector of railroad hardware of all kinds, from switch stands, concrete markers, crossing signals and signs which line the path from the river up to his house.  His mailbox up on Woodcliff Drive is a representation of our CA&E car 20.  We assisted him in getting a motorcar and a push car, the latter which he converted into a picnic table.  He always decorated the shed area at Halloween and Christmas and was very kind in letting our “Rails to Victory” World War II re-enactors stage scenes at Woodcliff.  Our conductors always point out his yard as our trolleys head down to Blackhawk station in the Jon Duerr Forest Preserve and should we catch him outside we would always exchange waves.  My personal fondest memory was being able to show he and Helen our AE&FR car 304 shortly after it arrived at the museum and not long before she passed away.  Until I read his death notice I did not know that he was born in Dundee about the time 304 was being assembled by the St. Louis Car Company.  Perhaps he rode our line as a young boy which may account in part for his interest in all things historic.  May he rest in peace and we will always cherish his support and encouragement of our endeavors along the Fox River.

Edward Tredup Memory

Joseph Hazinski – Curator   Fox River Trolley Museum

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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General Information (847) 697-4676

Event and Ticket questions (312) 473-0993

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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