Rails to Victory is a great event for all impressions: Military and Civilians. This year’s 4th annual event will focus on remembering D-Day and the sacrifices made by the Allies during the invasion of France in June and July 1944.
- New for 2014: A period WW2 BICYCLE RALLY & PARADE is scheduled for Sunday Morning at 10:30 AM for a leisurely ride through the museum and down the Fox River Bicycle path to the Duerr Forest Preserve and back (approximately 3 miles round trip). Period bicycles of all kinds; military & civilian, and European & Homefront, are all invited to participate in this first of its kind WW2 Era Bicycle Rally.
- Saturday’s Schedule will focus on BATTLES & LIVING HISTORY scenarios along the Trolley Line; offering several bridge skirmishes throughout the day. New in 2014, we are planning evening runs of the Occupied France Trolley Tours offering both reenactors and the public a chance to see the bridge skirmishes and living history skits under sunset lighting with long shadows.
- Sunday’s Schedule shall include a LARGE SCALE FIELD BATTLE at 1pm in and around the Museum’s bone yard with all the railroad obstacles for defensive positions; and includes the expanded open grassy area incorporated into last year’s larger battlefield. All vehicles including tracked vehicles and watercrafts are welcome to participate.
- A period WW2 Girls Baseball Home Front Game will once again be played on Sunday afternoon this year at 2:30 pm. Reenactors are encouraged to come over to watch the game and cheer on their favorite team; whether it be the Rockford Peaches, Kenosha Comets, Racine Bells, or South Bend Blue Sox.
- Opportunities for historical camp presentations are also welcome and can be presented both days of the event. Please contact us if you would like your presentation added to the printed schedule.
- Camp Amenities: Shaded Encampments and Flush Toilets on site.
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. A static vehicle honor display area has been established for all attending vehicles. 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.
- Friday, June 6: Reenactor check-in, 4pm to 10pm.;
- Saturday, June 7 : Reenactor check-in, 8 am to 9:15am;
- Sunday, June 8: 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).
When & Where
Fox River Trolley Museum
COME RIDE WITH US at the Fox River Trolley Museum, a nostalgic trip back to an era when the electric trolley car was a vital part of American life. Experience EDUCATION THROUGH DEMONSTRATION the sights and sounds of this unique part of American history aboard a genuine old-time trolley car such as car Aurora, Elgin and Fox River Electric ( AE&FRE) # 304 acquired in November of 2009. This car will take you for a ride just as it did in 1935 over these same tracks on a four mile round trip along the banks of the scenic Fox River and in the Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve. The museum also operates a variety of other antique trolleys, many from lines long vanished, over trackage that once connected Carpentersville, Elgin, Aurora, and Yorkville. A visit to the Fox River Trolley Museum is educational and fun for the entire family. Celebrate birthdays and anniversaries on chartered trains at the Museum.