Charter train to raise funds for Fox River Trolley Museum

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SOUTH ELGIN, Ill. – The Fox River Trolley Museum is sponsoring a charter train this weekend to raise funds to repair museum equipment vandalized last summer. The “North Shore Limited Charter” will operate Nov. 10 on the Chicago Transit Authority and feature cars from CTA’s Heritage Fleet of four 2400-series Boeing cars built in 1976.

The charter is a fundraiser for the museum’s vandalism recovery project. In July two boys ages 11 and 13 used pick axes to break through a wall and did over $110,000 of damage to seven cars inside the museum’s car barn.

The charter will board at the Linden Avenue CTA Station in Wilmette at 9:30 a.m. returning at 1:00 p.m. It will run on the Evanston Purple Line to the Chicago “L” Loop. A photo stop will be made at the Quincy Loop “L” Station. The train will then circle the Loop L to head back north with photo stops at Addison in front of Wrigley Field and Sheridan Road. The train will then run express from Sheridan Road back to Linden Avenue station in Wilmette.

The Fox River Trolley Museum in South Elgin was incorporated in 1961 as R.E.L.I.C. (Railway Equipment Leasing and Investment Co.). It opened in 1966 and became the Fox River Trolley Museum in 1984. The museum maintains a collection of 30 electric trolleys, railcars, and locomotives. The majority of the collection is focused on railways and electric transit lines of the Chicago area.

Tickets are $29.70 each and can be ordered on line through Nov. 9. On Nov. 10 tickets can be purchased on the platform at Linden Avenue for $30 (cash only) prior to departure. For more information go to
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