After a great season in 2022 and a busy off-season getting ready, we have now officially begun our 2023 operating season! For our opening day, we ran North Shore car 715 and Chicago Transit Authority car 4451. In addition, we had Chicago Transit Authority cars 40 and 43 and Illinois Central caboose 9648 on static display.
For a little more added excitement, the car department has also been hard at work on Chicago, Aurora, and Elgin car 458 and was performing test runs on the line while we were carrying passengers on 4451 and 715.
After several months of the off-season, we saw many smiling faces today, ready to see railroad history brought to life.
Jan poses with North Shore 715
Car 4451 being prepared for service
Chicago Transit Authority cars 40 and 43 being prepared for display
Passengers disembarking from Chicago Transit Authority 4451 after a trip down to Blackhawk
Passengers are all smiles on North Shore 715
Passengers boarding North Shore car 715
Chicago, Aurora, and Elgin car 458 is taken out of the barn for testing
Changing ends on car 458
Sneak peak of the restored interior of 458