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Program 104
The Fox Valley Trolley Museum / Joliet, Illinois Hot Spot

Like the Illinois Railway Museum, the Fox River Trolley Museum, located in South Elgin, Illinois, was founded to preserve and operate electric interurban cars, along with a stretch of track with a construction date in the 19th Century. Included in the museum's collection are cars from the Chicago, Aurora, and Elgin, Chicago, South Shore and South Bend, and the Chicago, North Shore, and Milwaukee. These cars operate over a stretch of track that has been in continuous operation since its construction in the 1800's.

Host Dave Reed visits with some the members of the Fox River Trolley Museum and rides on some of the equipment, including Chicago, Aurora, & Elgin Car #20, the centerpiece of the museum's collection. Videotaped in late summer 1995 with additional footage added in 2000.

This program's Hot Spot segment in at the Joliet Union Station in Joliet, Illinois. Although not quite as busy these days as it once was, there is lots of activity ranging from commuter trains, to slow coal trains, to fast intermodal freights. Amtrak also stops at Joliet. Videotape during the winter of 1995 with additional footage added in 2000.

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At Castlemuir, a three track car barn houses some of the museum's rolling stock. On the center track is the line's only diesel, Warren & Saline River,#73, built by Whitcomb in 1948.

The Fox River Trolley Museum uses this electric motor to haul its Caboose Train. The caboose at one time served the Illinois Central railroad.

This articulated train once belonged to the Chicago Transit Authority and prowled the elevated tracks in downtown Chicago.

The Fox River Trolley Museum's collection includes a number of other operable interurban cars from the area, including Chicago, North Shore, and Milwaukee #715.

A busy bike path and the Fox River parallel the Museum's trackage.

Chicago, Aurora, & Elgin Car 20 once operated between the Fox River cities of Aurora or Elgin to the City of Chicago. It is believed to be the oldest operational interurban car in America and it the centerpiece to the Museum's collection of rolling stock.

Trackside host Dave Reed poses next to Metra F40PHM #208 awaiting its next assignment over the former Rock Island out of Joliet.

In its prime, the Rock Island Railroad had its own four tracks running past Union Station, creating a unique four-on-four crossing.

Joliet has seen its share of special trains too. Santa Fe steam locomotive 3751 headed up an Employee Special through Joliet on a rainy day in 1992.

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