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Ghost Story Train

Come join us for an evening full of family friendly frights. Gather around the roaring fire and listen to spooky stories and sing campfire songs.

Ride the Ghost Story Train on Saturdays, October 16th , 23rd, and 30th 2021, with departures at 5:00 pm, 6:15 pm and 7:30 p.m.

Costumes are welcome! Suitable for all ages.

Tickets on-sale online and day-of subject to availability.

All Ghost Story Train tickets will be available for pick up at will call before you board the train the day of your event. Tickets are NOT mailed.

Ghost Story Train General Information, Event Terms and Conditions 

If you have additional questions, please contact us at:, or call 312-473-0993.

Reservations for October 16th

Reservations for October 23rd

Reservations for October 30th

Precautions due to Covid-19

1. 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.

2. Trains will be 40 passengers per car.  We will run a Two car train, only 80 tickets per run will be sold.

3. Seating for stories and fire will be set up to accommodate social distancing.

4. Trains will be cleaned and sanitized before and after each run.

5. These conditions are subject to change based state and local public health guidelines.


  1. ALL passengers (i.e. ALL infants, children, adults and seniors), regardless of age, size, or seating location (seat or lap) are required to purchase and display a valid ticket. If you anticipate a joyous arrival prior to your anticipated trip, please be sure to plan your ticket purchase accordingly.

  2. Ticket prices for infants, children, and adults (including seniors) are $16.50 each for all trains.

Seating Arrangements

  1. Seating is provided for two adults or the equivalent per seat. Persons of size requiring additional space must purchase additional tickets as required at the time of initial ticket purchase.

  2. By virtue of the historic equipment utilized, no specific seats/ locations can be reserved, and community-style seating is practiced.
  3. NO specific location, seating arrangements or contiguous seating for ANY group or individual can be guaranteed.

  4. Please note that there is no on-board storage for strollers, wheelchairs or other large items.

Groups/ Group Seating

  1. The museum will make reasonable attempts to accommodate groups of eight (8) or more when tickets are purchased under ONE name, and ONE transaction for the same train and ALL members of the group are present and available to board in the designated group boarding area at least 20 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time.

  2. Incomplete/ late groups and/ or late group members will be seated at the museum’s discretion.

  3. NO specific location, seating arrangements or contiguous seating for ANY group or individual can be guaranteed.

    Handicapped Accessibility

    • Unfortunately, due to the historic nature of the equipment, The Ghost Story Train is NOT handicapped accessible. A ramp is provided at the Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve for those that are ambulatory.

    General Information

    • Please note that there are no on-board restrooms. Camp-style lavatory facilities are provided in the Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve shelter, adjacent to the Blackhawk station.

    Event Duration

    • The Ghost Story Train is approximately one hour in duration.

    Boarding Location: Fox River Trolley Museum

    • ALL Ghost Story Trains board at the Fox River Trolley Mueum, 365 S. LaFox (IL Route 31), South Elgin, IL. See Google Maps for individualized directions.

    Area Restaurants

    • The Fox River Trolley Museum is located in South Elgin, IL, near a host of restaurants catering to almost every taste and budget.


    Inclement Weather, Refunds and Cancellations

    1. All ticket sales are non-refundable unless a train is canceled. Generally, trains are canceled only in the case of extreme inclement weather as defined by the museum, and/or equipment failure.

    2. Patrons should plan on arriving at least 20 minutes before their scheduled departure time for Hobo Night. Please factor the possibility of inclement weather into your travel plans.

    3. We are not able to hold trains for late arrivals. Trains operate as close to their published departure times as possible.

    Ticket Delivery

    1. Tickets Ghost Story trains will be distributed at boarding time. To facilitate pick-up, please bring a paper or digital copy of your purchase receipt.

    2. When purchasing tickets, the address entered MUST match the address on-file with your financial institution.

    3. Please be sure to provide a valid e-mail address when ordering online to ensure that you receive your e-mail confirmation for your ticket purchase. You may also wish to set your junk or SPAM filter to accept email from and other email addresses.

    Ticketing System/ Reservations

    1. Our Internet-based reservation system reflects all of the trains and seats available in real-time. If the system indicates “0” seats available for a train, no additional seats for that train are available. Other values are as indicated, (i.e. 20 seats remaining for a train reflects 20 seats available for that specific train).

    2. We happily accept Discover, MasterCard, and Visa for ticket purchases. Please note, we do not accept American Express.

    Privacy Information

    1. Personal information is generally collected to support your access of museum products or services (i.e. purchase of tickets, charter requests, joining or renewing a membership, donations to the museum, etc.). To this end, we may collect personally identifiable information ("Personal Information") which may include your name, family member names, dates of birth, contact and credit or debit card information and other related information necessary to fulfill related functions.

    2. By providing personal information, you consent to our collection and use of it, as described in the museum’s privacy policy. We use your personal information to confirm your identity for eligibility for museum related products and services, process related payments and/ or donations and administer your participation in museum events and activities.

    3. The museum, its agents and/ or related third parties may take still and/or video images of children, adults, and/ or families at the museum, riding museum equipment or participating in museum-related activities or events for use in legitimate business purposes such as, but not limited to fund raising, and promoting the museum and/ or related activities or events online and/ or in-print.

    Event Questions

    Changes or Updates

    • The museum reserves the right to update policies, procedures, schedules, equipment, and other event related items without prior notice.

    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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