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Fox River Trolley Museum

361 South LaFox Street

South Elgin, IL 60177

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The Hosting Units and the Fox River Trolley Museum present Rails to Victory 2022. This year's theme is "A Timeline thru WWII".

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Reenactors of all WWII impressions are invited to join us to present the story of World War II, from the battles to the home front; soldiers and civilians.

In 2022, we return to our roots by welcoming reenactors to a time line style event where by units and groups are encouraged to present history through displays and interactive skits. Our event will feature battles, skits, and demonstrations along the three mile trolley ride through the Fox River Valley.

Similar to more recent years, we are limiting the trolley excursions to just two runs on Saturday and one on Sunday. We hope to strike an enjoyable balance between time interacting with the public in camp and the excitement of the battles and skits along the rails.

Rails to Victory's unique Trolley Train Adventure enables patrons to immerse themselves in WW2. Our reenactors are able to interact with patrons in first person on board the trolleys and in view of the trolley audiences.

Over the years, Rails to Victory has received numerous compliments from patrons commenting on how they just love the 1st person interactions and memories. With your participation, we hope to create even more.

Opportunity for Showcasing your Unit!

This year we invite outgoing units to adopt a Trolley Stop and develop a short 3-5 minute skirmish, demo, skit, or other historical offering that highlights the history of your unit and the war. Think of it as Rockford Event Style Town and Woods skirmishes and skits, except the audience comes to you by trolley. Home Front and Civilians are also encouraged to jump in on this as well such as; medical demos and WAC displays, to Land Girls and USO presentations.

School Day

We are offering our second school day this year on Friday the 22nd; all impressions are invited to share their love of WW2 history with our local young people. All units volunteering to help with the school day, shall be welcome to set up their camps on Thursday April 21st, a full day before general encampment set up on the 22nd. Please contact our School Day Coordinator by March 31st to volunteer.

*All Reenactors must be Registered prior to event.

*Registration: FREE ON-LINE Registration through April 20, 2022.

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

Event Times:- Friday, April 22: Reenactor check-in, 4pm to 9 pm.;- Saturday, April 23rd: Reenactor check-in, 8 am to 9:15am;- Sunday, April 24th: 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).


Authenticity Notes: HRS safety and authenticity rules apply.

Covid 19 Safety Protocols: The museum and event are required to follow the current State of Illinois Covid-19 Safety requirements in place at the time of the event which may exceed the requirements described here on this page as of the posting of this page.

All trolley cars fall under federal rules of operation. Federal guidelines for mask wearing supersede Illinois state and local guidelines while on the trolleys.

Masks ARE required during event hours when...

• Riding on trolley cars

• Inside buildings.

Masks are NOT required outside.

We thank you for your participation in Rails to Victory 2022 and for following the guidelines for the event.

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, 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, 3rd Gebirgsjaeger Division, 5th Regiment Coldstream Guards, & Feldgendarmerietrupp 353

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Fox River Trolley Museum

361 South LaFox Street

South Elgin, IL 60177

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WW2 Historical Reenactors demonstrate and honor the men and women of WWII by exhibiting at WW2 Reenactments, museums, and other WW2 related ceremonies and events. The Fox River Trolley Museum is a Railroad Living History Museum focussing on electric trolley history.  The museum operates several trolleys that offers museum guests rides along the Fox River on their three miles of track that the museum has maintained since 1966. .

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