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Fox River Trolley Museum
361 South LaFox Street
(Illinois Route 31)
South Elgin, IL 60177
(847) 697-4676

Event Public Hours:
Saturday: 10:00am - 9:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 5:00pm


SCHEDULE
Occupied France Trolley Adventure
& Bridge Battles
Scheduled Trolley Runs on
Saturday only.

10:30,11:00,11:30,

2:00, 2:30, 3:00, and 3:30p
Excursion Ticket Required.

All-American Girls Baseball Game
featuring the Rockford Peaches.
Sunday @ 12:30p
 


Sponsoring Entities:

SOUTH ELGIN PARKS
& RECREATION DEPT.

KANE COUNTY FOREST
PRESERVE DISTRICT

WWII HISTORICAL
RE-ENACTMENT SOCIETY

 

Remember our Veterans this summer by attending the "RAILS TO VICTORY" WW2 Living History Reenactment presented by the Fox River Trolley Museum's and ride the infamous "Occupied France Trolley Adventure into occupied France to experience the suspense and drama of the heroism of the Allies and French Citizens. Continue your immersion in history by walking through a WW2 military encampment, viewing period Battles, and being a fan at an actual US Home Front Baseball game with the Rockford Peaches made famous in the 1992 Tom Hanks and Geena Davis film, "A League of their Own".
FREE ENTRY to the Museum Grounds for the event which includes BATTLES, PERIOD MILITARY ENCAMPMENTS, DEMONSTRATIONS, and a ROCKFORD PEACHES BASEBALL GAME.
2018 EVENT HIGHLIGHTS
- Trolley Adventure Tours into Occupied France
- Battle Reenactments on Museum Grounds
- Historical Presentations and Demos
- Army Medical Demonstrations
- All-American Girls Baseball Game
- Military Vehicles
- Period WW2 Bicycle Parade & Trail Ride

PERIOD BICYCLE RALLY ALONG FOX RIVER TRAIL

 

 

Period bicycle parade and rally down the Fox River Bike Trail to Duerr Forest Preserve. All period vintage bicycles welcome; military and civilian.


Occupied France WW2 Trolley Adventure and Battle

Remember the sacrifice made by the Allies 72 years ago by taking a ride into occupied France, June 1944, just after the landings of D-Day when French Partisans rose up to destroy rail bridges, cut telephone wires and generally disrupt the German rear lines to ease the advance of the Allies.
  The public is invited to ride special excursion tours which will recreate the European Inter-urban rail service that ran between Paris and Rouen, France, along the Seine River during the Summer of 1944.  Passengers will board at Paris St. Lazare Station (Castlemuir Depot) and be required to present their French ID papers to the German Reichsbahn Railroad Conductors.  During the hour long round trip journey on the museum's 3 miles of track to Duerr Forest Preserve and back, passengers will experience scenarios that include the French Resistance, German Patrols, Captured POWs, and an Allied Liberation battle. "Papers Please!"

The Occupied France Trolley Adventure is an immersive performance presented by WW2 Actors portraying historical characters from the war and will put passengers right into the action. Passengers will view and experience small performance stops along the trolley's route recreating a variety of scenarios that played out in occupied France during the war. Passengers should be prepared to play along with the actors to fully enjoy the experience. This performance is family friendly; however, not recommended for very young children who may be upset by load noises, theatrical gun fire, and battle reenacting.

Passenger Reservations for these Fund Raising Special Excursions can be made through the museum main web site at: Fox River Trolley Museum Special Events . All proceeds shall go to maintain the museum and its collections. Thank you.

"Occupied France" WW2 Trolley Adventure and Bridge Battles Timetable:
Saturday April 28 Departure Times:

Morning: 10:30a, 11:00a, 11:30a
Afternoon: 2:00p, 2:30p, 3:00p, 3:30p


THE AMERICAN HOME FRONT - A SALUTE TO OUR AMERICAN WW2 VETERANS
"Rockford Peaches will play a game of All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Sunday afternoon April .


  

 


 
WW2 Reenactors belonging to the Historical Reenactment Society (HRS), Tactical Studies Group/Living History Reenactment Association (LHRA), the WWII Girls Baseball Living History League, or other approved and recognized WW2 reenacting groups are invited to participate in this event by registering for the event at our Eventbrite Registration Web Page.  Reenactors Please visit the REENACTORS DETAILS AND REGISTRATION PAGE for more information regarding this event
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