Step back in time when life was a little simpler. Our historic rail
cars travel a 10-mile trip through beautiful Southeast Wisconsin.
Board at either the depot in East Troy or at The Elegant Farmer in Mukwonago.
Meander through the depot museum where kids can be a trolley
motorman, discover the joy of model layouts and learn about electricity.
The gift shop features a unique selection of railroad souvenirs for all ages.
Delight your tastebuds at Lauber's Old Fasion Ice Cream Parlor
next to the depot or enjoy a delicious meal at Ivan's on the Square in East Troy.
The East Troy Electric Railroad is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization
run by volunteers committed to the operation and preservation of historic
trolleys and interurban railcars. All proceeds and sales benefit the education
and preservation work of this museum. Your contributions are tax deductible
as permitted by law.
What you should know:
Parking is FREE!
Smoke-free trains run rain or shine
Visa and Mastercard are accepted
Public washrooms are available
Train schedule, ticket prices & equipment subject to change without notice
Like almost any other museum, the East Troy Railroad Museum exists because of its volunteers. The variety of tasks in the operation of
a museum is amazingly wide. From answering the telephone
to operating trains, many different kinds of people
using many different kinds of skills come into play.
What all of them have in common, though,
is a desire to see things happen. This is the basis of the motivation
that brings them out to the line and keeps them coming back regularly.
They all know that whatever their time contribution, its needed
to keep the line alive and growing.
Some view their
volunteer time as an opportunity to expand their skills and life
experience. Many arrive with a skillset that they expect to use,
and instead wind up assisting less-experienced workers while broadening
their own skills in other fields.
Every one knows that they are doing important work, keeping this
valuable piece of history alive. All have time constraints, of course;
not every volunteer can put in 150 days a year (as some of the retired
ones may). Some can only find time for one day a month. But all
like the work. It is involving, challenging, and very satisfying. There
are ways individuals are singled out for recognition in the volunteer
events throughout the year, but any one of the honorees would quickly
tell you that they dont do it for the cheers of their peers. They
get all the gratification they need by simply accomplishing something
they know is important.
how it is. People can see the need, and find it interesting, even fun,
to answer the call. On just
about any weekend, stop on out and visit the museum. Talk to
one of the volunteers. You too have a skill that can be put to good
use, and some interesting, involving, and rewarding task awaits you. Or,
call us at 262-642-3263 and ask about getting involved.
See you out there!
June 22 • North Shore Day
50 years ago the last North Shore Line train pulled into the Milwaukee Terminal in the wee morning hours of January 21, 1963. We will celebrate the North Shore Line with photographs and memorabilia presented by John Giove. Classic Trains magazine will have copies of its Summer 2013 issue and will be present to discuss the interurban era and classic railroading in general. Greenfield News and Hobby will have items from its railroad section on display and available for sale. Highlighting the event will be North Shore Line car 761. Yes, this car will be out of the barn and in the sunlight where it belongs. You will see that 761 needs loving care and attention to return it to service, this time on the East Troy Electric Railroad. We are kicking off a fund raising campaign to rehabilitate 761 back to its Silverliner appearance and give you the pleasure of a ride on one of the most notable electric railway cars built for service between Milwaukee-Racine-Kenosha-Waukegan and Chicago.
July 27 • Chicago Day
September 21• Milwaukee Day
The barn gets cleared out so you can see our collection outside!