RAILS TO VICTORY, a WWII Living History Reenactment and Encampment, is once again being hosted by the Fox River Trolley Museum and the WWII Historical Re-enacting Society.
Ride the Berlin Express, an hour-long theatrical battle reenactment trolley ride, into history and witness the final days of the war when the Allies had the Third Reich on the run. From the trolley, passengers will be able to watch a battle between the advancing Americans and British pushing their way into Berlin, and from the East, the Soviets who pushed the Germans back into Berlin trapping the German Army with no escape. The battles and military encampment are brought to life by 200 plus historical actors portraying soldiers and civilians who fought and endured the Second World War. On board the trolleys, all passengers will need to have their papers inspected by our period German Police and Reichsbahn (German Railway) conductors. These performances are family friendly; however, not recommended for very young children who may be upset by loud noises, theatrical gun fire, and battle scenes.
Before and after your ride on the Berlin Express, feel free to walk to the military encampment and talk to the soldiers and period civilians one on one learning about the equipment, vehicles, and weapons.
There will be three trolley battle performances during the weekend: two on Saturday and one on Sunday. Holders of the Standard Ticket will view the battle from the safety of their rail car. For those interested in a more immersive experience, we will offer a limited number of Premiere Tickets in the afternoons. This trip will feature docent presentations, then you leaving your trolley car to occupy front row seating on the edge of the battlefield. [This will include walking a short distance along railroad tracks and then down a gently sloping hill.]
Spaces will be limited. Please order your tickets early to secure your place on board the Berlin Express.