Fox River Trolley Museum

Special Events 2018

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August 2018 - The Trolley Museum recently hosted a fund-raising event by the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

See videos on our youtube channel

 See videos on our you tube channel

Michael J. Fox is the star of the 1985 movie “Back to the Future”, and its sequels, in which a specially outfitted DeLorean automobile is able to travel backwards and forwards in time upon reaching a critical speed of 88 miles per hour and using a fusion power generator. He also suffers from Parkinson’s Disease.

Volunteers from the Foundation brought their DeLorean, appropriately modified to resemble the movie car, to a convention of DeLorean owners and collectors being held in Saint Charles, IL. Through a contact with one of the Museum members, they inquired about operating their car on our tracks, raising funds through offering rides simulating the rail running depicted in later movies. We were able to accomodate them.

The car was highway driven to the Museum, where the regular tires were removed, and railroad flanged wheels were attached. They made multiple trips up and down the line. Riders in the car could donate (or not) as they wished.

Fox River personnel were on hand to ensure a safe and enjoyable event for all involved.

The car never reached 88 miles per hour, and thus always remained in the present time.


Saturday and Sunday, April 28 and 29, 2018 - "Rails to Victory"

Remember our veterans this summer during the 74th Anniversary of World War II by attending the Fox River Trolley Museum's "Rails to Victory" WWII Living History Reenactment. Experience a World War II military encampment, view Period Battles on the banks of the Fox River, be a fan at an actual US Home Front Baseball game with the Rockford Peaches made famous in the 1992 Tom Hanks and Geena Davis film, "A League of their Own", and ride the museum trolleys into occupied France to experience the suspense and drama of the heroism of the American Allies.

It is occupied France, June 1944, just after the landings of D-Day when French Partisans rose up to destroy rail bridges, cut telephone wires and generally disrupt the German rear lines to ease the advance of the Allies. Each day, in addition to the Museum's regular trolley runs before and after the special excursions, the public is invited to ride special fare tours which will recreate the European Interurban rail service that ran between Paris and Rouen, France, along the Seine River during the Summer of 1944.

Passengers will board at Castlemuir Depot (Paris St. Lazare Station) and be required to present their French ID papers to the German Reichsbahn Railroad Conductors. During the hour long round trip journey of 4 miles on the museum's track to Duerr Forest Preserve and back, passengers will experience period WW2 French civilians sharing the ride with them, French Partisans, German and American Allied Military Patrols and skirmishes, and Secret British SOE Spy Operations.

The Occupied France Trolley Adventure is an immersive performance presented by WW2 Actors portraying historical characters from the war and will put passengers right into the action. Passengers will view and experience small performance stops along the trolley's route recreating a variety of scenarios that played out in occupied France during the war. Passengers should be prepared to play along with the actors to fully enjoy the experience. This performance is family friendly; however, it is not recommended for very young children who may be upset by load noises, theatrical gun fire, and battle reenacting.

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Sunday, May 13, 2018 - Mother's Day

(Opening Day 2018)

The Museum helps celebrate Mother's Day. Mother and the entire family enjoy rides in our antique trolleys along the beautiful Fox River into the John Duerr Forest Preserve. Have a picnic at either location. Mothers and Grandmothers ride free with paid child's fare.

Sundays, June 3 and 10, 2018  - Spring Caboose Days

Ride with the conductor in the Big Red Caboose or with the engineer in the locomotive!

Saturday, June 9, 2018 - Hobo Night

Experience the thrill of the old fashioned lifestyle, reliant upon the rails! Visit the hobo camp
and enjoy some eats, treats, and stories, from our very own hobos! Tickets may be purchased
in advance from the museum’s web site.

Sunday, June 17, 2018 - Father's Day

"Father Knows Best" when he brings the entire family including grandfathers for a pleasant summer afternoon riding the Museum's antique trolleys.  Fathers and grandfathers ride free with payment of a child's fare.  Start the day off with a meal at any one of South Elgin's fine restaurants finishing it off with a ride along the Fox River and through the Jon Duerr Forest Preserve.

 Saturday and Sunday August 18 and 19, 2018 - South Elgin Riverfest 

The Village and the Museum celebrate the long weekend along the Fox River with food, music, trolley rides, viewing historic rail cars and exhibits, carnival rides and FIREWORKS! Village celebration starts Thursday afternoon. See the Riverfest site for additional information on village activities.

Sundays, September 9 and 16, 2018  - Fall Caboose Days

Ride with the conductor in the Big Red Caboose or with the engineer in the locomotive!


Saturdays, October 20 and 27, and Sundays, October 21 and 28, 2018

Pumpkin Trolley

The pumpkin harvest is complete and the corn is in the shock ... and Indian summer with beautiful autumn colors decorate the "Ole Pumpkin Patch." Pick up a pumpkin at the patch and enjoy a small treat - great family fun at low cost. Regular Ticket Prices Apply. 

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