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APRIL 26 - 28, 2019
Fox River Trolley Museum Web Site

Event Reenactment Staff:
-Event Co-Directors:
Bob Hodill, 3rd Gebirgsjaeger Division
Rebecca Tulloch, US 10th Mtn/Rockford Peaches
-Encampment and Vendors: Phil Lauricella, US 10th Mtn
-Safety & Security: Bob Hodill, 3rd Gebirgsjaeger Division
-Allied Battle Coordinator:
-Axis Battle Coordinator:


Rails to Victory 2019, presents "Operation Market Garden". The Fox River Trolley Museum in South Elgin, Illinois, just West of Chicago, is once again hosting the 9th annual Rails to Victory WW2 weekend on April 26-28, 2019. RTV is a Western Front European Theater event. In keeping with the theme of "Market Garden", the bridge battle along the trolley line shall stand in the for the bridge at Nijmegen. The Allies will battle with the German Army for control of the bridge reenacting parts of the war that was fought there in September 1944. On Saturday, the Allies will capture the bridge during the trolley adventure runs, and on Sunday, there will be a single large Showcase battle for final control of the Nijmegan Bridge. American, British, Polish and German soldiers are needed for the bridge battles and other small action skirmishes on the newly named "Dolle Dinsdag Express" from Amsterdam to Cologne. RTV is a great event for reenactors to immerse the public into history by putting them on a trolley and leading them through various skirmishes, skits and battles. Period civilians and Dutch Resistance reenactors are particularly needed for the various stops along the trolley line. We are also looking for medical units to participate, particularly in Sunday's Nijmegen battle. The museum offers interesting landscapes for both reenactors and spectators along the picturesque wooded and sloping terrain along the Fox River which shall stand in for the Waal River in Holland.

We are also planning a rail yard battle in the museum's bone yard, a period WW2 bicycle ride along the Fox River, and a period WW2 Girls Baseball Home Front Game. Opportunities for historical camp presentations are also welcome by all WW2 impressions and periods. All vehicles including tracked vehicles and water-crafts are welcome to participate during the event.

New this year, we have scheduled a school day for Friday morning. Please send us an email if you wish to participate in the school day. Those who participate are welcome to set up their camp on Thursday evening.

*All Reenactors must be Registered prior to event.*

Registration: FREE ON-LINE Registration through APRIL 23, 2019.

Camp Amenities: Flush Toilets on site. Camp sites are assigned on a first come first served bases.

Event Times:
- Thursday, April 25th: Early check-in for school day participants, 4pm - 9pm;
- Friday, April 26th: School Day Presentations, 9a-2p;
- Friday, April 26th: Reenactor check-in, 4pm to 10pm.;
- Saturday, April 27: Reenactor check-in, 8 am to 9:15am;
- Sunday, April 28: Reenactor check-in, 9am to 9:50am;
- Daily morning formations and S&A check;
- Museum Opens at 10 am on Saturday and Sunday;
- Visit the Event Web Site for Additional event details (schedules, maps, and updates).

 Click Here for Map of Trolley Line and Skit Stops .

Fox River Trolley

(847) 697-4676

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Sponsored by:
-US10th Mtn LHDG
Rockford Peaches
- 3rd Gebirgsjaeger



All Civilian impressions are also welcome to set up living history displays, participate in the Trolley Tours and the Home Front Baseball Game on Sunday Afternoon. The museum has no restrictions on types of vehicles; so tracked vehicles are welcome for the static display area and to operate on the Battlefield.


Dolle Dinsdag (Mad Tuesday) took place in the Netherlands on 5 September 1944 after broadcasts alleging that Breda had been liberated caused rumors to spread across occupied Netherlands that the liberation by Allied forces was at hand, prompting celebrations.

Despite the threats, many Dutchmen celebrated on the streets while preparing to receive and cheer on the Allied liberators. Dutch and Orange flags and pennants were prepared, and many workers left their workplace to wait for the Allies to arrive. German occupation forces and NSB members panicked: documents were destroyed and many fled the Netherlands for Germany. Ary Willem Gijsbert Koppejan (19192013), a member of the resistance organisation De Ondergedoken Camera (the Underground Camera), secretly photographed German troops fleeing the city and soldiers and collaborators waiting at the Den Haag railway station on Dolle Dinsdag

Mad Tuesday caused the railway strikes of 1944 that started on 17 September with the code: "De kinderen van Versteeg moeten onder de wol" (translation: the children of Versteeg must "get under the wool"/go to bed). The strike would last until the complete Netherlands was liberated on 5 May 1945; the government-in-exile thought that by spreading rumors the Germans would start to panic. It worked, and by announcing the railway strike of 1944 the Germans started to panic even more, and many Germans and Dutch collaborators fled to Germany, fearing reprisals (SeyssInquart had already set the example; on September 3, he had sent his wife to Salzburg).[9] The industry and supply route from and to Germany was almost completely stopped, which made it even harder for Germany to defend what still was occupied.

The RTV Dolle Dinsdag Express will carry passengers on a journey into Holland on September 19th & 20th 1944 during the Allied Operation known as Market Garden.  German, British, Americans, and Polish troopers area need to make this operation successful. European Attired Civilians, British SOE, German Reichsbahn, and other related period impressions are invited to take part in this unique Trolley Adventure and Battles designed to simulate an actual interurban rail line from Amsterdam to Cologne.   On Friday evening, we are planning an organizational briefing and a blocking walk through dress rehearsal.

The cornerstone battle of the event is the BATTLE for the NIJMEGEN BRIDGE on September 19 & 20th, 1944. The first day of the Battle will be on Saturday and the 2nd day of the battle shall be on Sunday.. 

Once again we will present a period WW2 Girls Baseball Game on Sunday Afternoon.  We are inviting reenactors to come to the game in period home front attire, including soldiers in class As. Come cheer on the Peaches.

Reenactors who wish to participate in the school day Friday morning are asked to set up an brief 10 minute program to share with students as they move from camp to camp learning about WW2.  Reenactor who participate are welcome to check in and set up early on Thursday evening.  Please email us to register for the School Day.

Authenticity Notes: HRS safety and authenticity rules apply.

Invited Vehicles/Items: All WWII vehicles including tracked vehicles are welcome, weather conditions permitting; tracked vehicles may be limited to the gravel road and battle field. Smaller vehicles such as Jeeps, Motorcycles, Kubels & Lightweight Trucks may drive on the grassy areas. Boats and other period water crafts such rafts are also welcome on the Fox River, but should contact us first prior to bringing out. River depth is only 2-3 feet in the vicinity of the museum.

Restrictions on Minors: HRS Rules

Other restrictions: No alcoholic beverages permitted in the Museum and County Park. No digging, but camp fires are allowed in above pits and military stoves and grills. No firing of weapons in the encampment area in County Park by Forest Preserve Ordinance; but okay in the designated battlefield areas on museum property.

Motels: Accommodations available in nearby Elgin and St. Charles Illinois: Hampton Inn, the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites and West Dundee's Marriott International-Courtyard & Towne Place Suites; and in St. Charles: Best Western, Country Inn & Suites, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Geneva Motel, Hampton Inn & Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Hotel Baker, Pheasant Run Resort, and Super 8. Restaurants: There are eating establishments with in a very easy walk of the museum ranging in variety from hot dogs to pizza.

Sponsoring Unit(s): US10th Mtn LHDG and 3rd Gebirgsjaeger Division

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