Illinois Railway Museum to showcase Chicago electric trains, trolleys

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UNION, Ill. — The Illinois Railway Museum will celebrate Chicago’s electric railroad history with a special review during the Independence Day holiday weekend. Dozens of historic streetcars, interurban coaches, and elevated passenger cars will be available for museum visitors to ride.

On July 1, the museum will kickoff the event by operating several historic Chicago ‘L’ cars, starting with a recently restored Pullman car built in 1898 for the city’s interurban rail system. On July 2, the museum will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the last day of service on the Chicago Aurora & Elgin Railroad. The electric line, which operated through Chicago’s western suburbs, abruptly shut down in July 1957.

“We’re inviting all of our visitors to help us with a reenactment of this historic event,” says Nick Kallas, executive director of the museum. Kallas lived along the route.

Other rarely seen electric trains will also operate July 3 and 4 along with historic Chicago-area streetcars. The museum’s Nebraska Zephyr streamliner and electric trolley buses will also make an appearance on July 1 while the museum’s steam locomotive, Frisco 2-10-0 No. 1630 will be pulling tourist trains on museum grounds throughout the weekend.

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