Fox River Trolley Museum

Rails to Victory

Remember our Veterans by attending the Rails to Victory Living History Reenactment on Saturday, April 27 or Sunday, April 28, 2019 (please note different events for each day).

Saturday, April 27, 2019: Rails to Victory: Operation Market Garden, The Dolle Dinsdag Express

Trains depart at: 11 a.m., 12:30 2, and 3:30 p.m. from the Fox River Trolley Museum

Tickets: $16.50 Please note that all persons regardless of size or age must be ticketed.

Ride the infamous Dolle Dinsdag Express back in time into occupied Holland on September 19 and 20th, 1944 to experience the suspense and drama of the heroism of the Allies and Dutch citizens as the Allies try to capture bridges over the Waal River during Operation Market Garden.

Passengers start their immersive journey into 1944 Holland during the Operation Market Garden Allied Offensive. Experience the Allied attack on the Nijmegen Bridge.

Passengers will board vintage trolleys in Amsterdam (Castlemuir Depot) where passengers are required to present their Dutch ID papers to the German Reichsbahn Railroad Conductors. During the hour-long round-trip journey on the museum's 3 miles of track to Colonge Germany (Jon Duerr Forest Preserve) and back, passengers will experience scenarios that include the Dutch Resistance, the Allied Monuments Men, German Patrols, Captured POWs, and the attack on the Nijmegen Bridge.

Sunday, April 28, 2019: Rails to Victory, Nijmegen Bridge Battle

Train departs: 1 p.m. from the Fox River Trolley Museum

Tickets: $11 Please note that all persons regardless of size or age must be ticketed.

Board a vintage electric trolley for a trip back to 1944, and a front-row seat to a reenactment of the Battle for the Nijmegen Bridge.

After the battle, continue your immersion in history by walking through a WW2 military encampment and watching an actual U.S. Home Front Baseball game with the Rockford Peaches made famous in the 1992 Tom Hanks and Geena Davis film, A League of their Own.

Rails to Victory General Information, Event Terms and Conditions


  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 on Saturday, April 27, and $11 for all trains on Sunday, April 28.
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. To try to facilitate keeping relations as close together as possible, we reserve the right to fill empty/ unused seating space, (including but not limited to half-occupied seats).

  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, Rails to Victory is NOT handicapped accessible.

General Information

  • Passengers should be prepared to play along with the reenactors to fully enjoy the experience. This performance is family friendly; however, it is not recommended for very young children and/ or those who may be upset by load noises, theatrical gun fire, and battle reenactments.

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

Event Duration

  • Saturday, April 27: approximately one hour for a round-trip

  • Sunday, April 28: approximately one half-hour for a round trip

Boarding Location

  • ALL Rails to Victory trains board at the Fox River Trolley Museum, 365 S. LaFox (IL Route 31), South Elgin, IL. Please see Google Maps for customized directions.

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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 Rails to Victory. 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 for Rails to Victory 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.

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Scenes from Previous Rails to Victory Reenactments

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