Saturday, and Sunday, June 12-June 13 - "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.
Sunday, May 9, 2021 - Mother's Day
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.
Sunday, June 20, 2021 - 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.
2021 Cancelled - 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.
Ride with the conductor in the Big Red Caboose or with the engineer in the locomotive!
Haunted Ghost Story Train
Ride a spooky trolley down to the haunted forest preserve. Listen to chilling stories around the campfire while enjoying monstrously good treats. Suitable for all ages
The Polar Express is Back for 2021.