Remember our Veterans this summer during the 70th
Anniversary of World War 2 by attending the Fox River Trolley
Museum's "Rails To Victory" WW2 Living History Reenactment.
Experience a WW2 military encampment, view Period Battles on the
banks of the Fox River, be a fan at an actual US Home Front
Baseball game with the Rockford Peaches made famous in the 1992
Tom Hanks and Gena Davis film, "A League of their Own", and ride
the museum trolleys into occupied France to experience the
suspense and drama of the heroism of the American Allies.
FREE ENTRY to the Museum Grounds for the event
which includes BATTLES, PERIOD MILITARY
ENCAMPMENTS, DEMONSTRATIONS, and a ROCKFORD
PEACHES BASEBALL GAME.
Highlight Reel From 2012 Occupied France Trolley
Adventure and Skirmish.
EVENT HIGHLIGHTS AND SCHEDULE
- Large Battle Reenactment daily at 4pm on Museum Grounds.
- Weapons & Uniforms Demo
daily at 12:30pm
- Signal Corps Pigeons Presentation daily at 2pm
- Fashions of the 40s daily at 3:15pm
- Army Medical Demonstration daily at 4:30pm
- All-American Girls Baseball Game Saturday Evening at 7pm.
France WW2 Trolley Adventure and Skirmish
It is 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
Each day, in addition to the Museum's regular
trolley runs, 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 Castlemuir Depot (Paris St.
Lazare Station) 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 Allied Liberation
Skirmishes. "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
Fox River Trolley Museum Special Events . All proceeds shall go to
maintain the museum and its collections. Thank you.
THE AMERICAN HOME FRONT - A
SALUTE TO OUR AMERICAN WW2 VETERANS "Rockford Peaches will play a
game of All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Saturday evening
at 7 P.M.
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
DETAILS AND REGISTRATION PAGE for more
information regarding this event.