East Troy Railroad Museum gets South Shore interurban cars

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EAST TROY, Wis. — The East Troy Railroad Museum took delivery Saturday of five historic Chicago South Shore & South Bend interurban railcars. The museum plans to cosmetically restore the cars and employ them on its excursion and dining car operations.

The five cars were built between 1926 and 1929, and operated on South Shore’s route between Chicago and South Bend, Ind., until 1982. The National Park Service, the cars’ most recent owner, restored one to its 1929 appearance. They’ve been stored at ArcelorMittal’s steel mill at Gary, Ind. [see “Ask TRAINS,” TRAINS, August 2010].

Canadian National agreed to move the cars free of charge from Gary to the East Troy Electric Railroad interchange at Mukwonago, Wis. CN GP38-2 9579 moved the cars as a special train.

Museum Executive Director Beverly Bobholz said the cars will undergo work in carbarns at East Troy and near Mukwonago.

The museum operates the last remnant of the once-sprawling The Milwaukee Electric Railway & Light interurban system between Mukwonago and East Troy. You can find out more at http://www.easttroyrr.org/.
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Canadian National moves five historic Chicago South Shore & South Bend interurban cars past the Gary, Ind., airport. The railroad moved the cars to Mukwonago, Wis., free of charge for the East Troy Railroad Museum.
Mark Llanuza
EAST TROY, Wis. — The East Troy Railroad Museum took delivery Saturday of five historic Chicago South Shore & South Bend interurban railcars. The museum plans to cosmetically restore the cars and employ them on its excursion and dining car operations.

The five cars were built between 1926 and 1929, and operated on South Shore’s route between Chicago and South Bend, Ind., until 1982. The National Park Service, the cars’ most recent owner, restored one to its 1929 appearance. They’ve been stored at ArcelorMittal’s steel mill at Gary, Ind. [see “Ask TRAINS,” TRAINS, August 2010].

Canadian National agreed to move the cars free of charge from Gary to the East Troy Electric Railroad interchange at Mukwonago, Wis. CN GP38-2 9579 moved the cars as a special train.

Museum Executive Director Beverly Bobholz said the cars will undergo work in carbarns at East Troy and near Mukwonago.

The museum operates the last remnant of the once-sprawling The Milwaukee Electric Railway & Light interurban system between Mukwonago and East Troy. You can find out more at http://www.easttroyrr.org/.
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