Illinois museum to host Milwaukee transit day

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UNION, Ill. — The Illinois Railway Museum is holding a “Milwaukee Transit Day” on Sat., Oct. 7. This is the first time an event to specifically recognize equipment that served in, to and from Milwaukee has been held. It is designed to encourage fans of Milwaukee transit operations to visit the museum to see, ride and photograph North Shore Line equipment and the interurbans, streetcars and trolley buses that operated in Milwaukee — the largest such collection in the world.

A North Shore Electroliner, which is currently undergoing an estimated $1.5 million restoration, will be open to attendees — the first such opportunity since the restoration project began in 2013. Milwaukee streetcar No. 972 returned to limited service late in 2016, and trolley bus 441 — the only operational Milwaukee trolley bus — will both be in operation all day. Milwaukee freight and maintenance equipment will be on display, including electric locomotive L7 with a simulated coal train like those that served the Lakeside Power Plant on Milwaukee’s south side until the late 1960s. Certain pieces of that equipment will also be operational.

Two large storage barns that are not normally open to the public will be open for the day. A collectible “pass” will be issued to all visitors who identify themselves as Milwaukee Transit fans, and will admit holders to the two restricted access barns mentioned above. A schedule of events will be issued to each attendee so they can coordinate their day to allow them to observe all events.

More information is available online.
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