Wisconsin electric tourist railroad re-opens May 29

East Troy Electric Railroad resumes service with cashless ticketing, safety measures
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Former Chicago, South Shore & South Bend car No. 13, left, and Sheboygan Light Power & Railway No. 26 are posed in East Troy, Wis., for a nighttime photo shoot in 2017. The tourist railroad is re-opening to the public with extra health safety measures on May 29.
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EAST TROY, Wis. — The East Troy Railroad Museum announces that it will open its 2020 regular season on Friday, May 29th. Trains will depart East Troy at 10 a.m., Noon and 2 p.m. each Friday and Sunday and at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., Noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturdays. Social distancing signage will allow for safer boarding. All the volunteers at the railroad will be wearing masks and the railroad will require that our visitors wear masks while riding our trains. Masks will also be for sale in our East Troy Depot.

“We have taken extra time to plan a thoughtful reopening strategy,“ said Ryan Jonas, President of the East Troy Railroad Museum. “It’s crucial that everyone take an active role in maintaining each other’s safety.”

“We will also be selling and scanning tickets electronically,” Jonas said, “so there should be no need for anyone to exchange cash. We have replaced all our bathroom toilets and faucets with 'touch-less' equipment and will have hand sanitizers available in convenient locations in the depot and on the station platforms.”

You must purchase tickets ahead of your visit to assure a place on one of our trains, so please go to www.easttroyrr.org/tickets. You will be able to select the date and time you plan to visit, the number of adult, child or senior tickets that you need, purchase the tickets using a major credit card and then print the tickets at home. As an alternative, you may show the bar code from the tickets on your cell phone when you arrive to board one of our trains. Please note that only this weekend’s trains are shown on the ticketing site. We will be adding additional dates in the days ahead.

Dinner Train Update

Dining service will look a bit different this year, as we don't feel it is safe to operate our dining cars with sealed windows and recirculating air. This does not mean we are canceling, only that our dining services team is brainstorming creative ways to still provide a train ride "coupled" with a great meal. More details will be shared when finalized.

About us:

The East Troy Railroad Museum operates 14-mile round trip train rides from its historic East Troy depot and museum to Indianhead Park in Mukwonago, Wis., with a stop at the popular Elegant Farmer store and deli. We are celebrating 113 years of riding the rails through southeast Wisconsin’s countryside. Our not-for-profit museum is operated, maintained and managed by over 130 volunteers dedicated to engaging visitors in the heritage of electric interurban railways and trolley systems through restoration, preservation and operation of historic equipment.

More information is available online.
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