• Fox River Trolley Museum Tours of Damage this Weekend

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    July 20, 2018

    Fox River Trolley Museum

    P.O. Box 315, South Elgin, IL 60177-0315              (847) 697-4676           http://www.foxtrolley.org
     
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    For press information, contact
    Robert Bresse-Rodenkirk (312) 515-3381
    For Public information, contact
    Museum InfoLine (847) 697-4676
     
     
    FOX RIVER TROLLEY MUSEUM UPDATES DAMAGE ESTIMATE AND GIVES THE PUBLIC TOURS OF RAIL EQUIPMENT DAMAGED BY VANDALS;
    THANKS DONORS TO EMERGENCY FUND-RAISING CAMPAIGN
     
    WHO: Volunteer crew members and shop crew of the Fox River Trolley Museum, determined despite being confronted with the most difficult challenge in its 57-year history
     
    WHAT:  The museum donors, friends, members and well-wishers with rides and tours of damage in carbarn to historic rail equipment and work areas
     
    WHERE: Fox River Trolley Museum, 365 S. LaFox St. (Illinois Route 31), South Elgin
     
    WHEN: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
     
    WHY: Donors responded in three days with $16,000 in donations toward $110,000 goal; the museum sees this both as a “thank you,” a call for additional donations and as a call for potential shop crew volunteers to work on repairs and renovation
     
    VISUALS: Still lots of damage, particularly to car 458 from the Chicago Aurora and Elgin Ry.; donors, museum crew, officials and other volunteers (no one is paid) from the museum.  Operations continuing despite damage.
     
                    The museum will be hosting an open house for all of its generous donors, friends, members and well wishers.  All are welcome.  Between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. both days, volunteers will lead tours, answer questions, take donations and work with those who would like to volunteer their time to the museum, which is the last remnant of the Aurora,  Elgin & Fox River Electric interurban (inter-city) electric railway, which once linked Carpentersville with Yorkville.  The museum has owned the remnant since 1972.
                    “It won’t be anything fancy but I can promise each and every person will get a guided tour of the damage and of the carbarn,” said Jeff Bennett, chief car officer.
                    The museum invites coverage  of 2018’s version of “The Little Engine That Could.”
     
    CONTACT: Robert Bresse-Rodenkirk, 312-515-3381; Edward Konecki, 847-209-5453 or Jeff Bennett, 847-609-9897, for the Fox River Trolley Museum
    Contact:
    Ed Konecki, President
    (847) 209-5453
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