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Wisconsin RR museum now operating South Shore Car No. 33 donated by NPS

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The National Park Service (NPS) and the East Troy Railroad Museum, in East Troy, Wis., are jointly announcing the full restoration of historic South Shore Railroad Car No. 33, which was officially introduced to the museumís rolling stock on Saturday, during the museumís annual Chicago Day event.

Car No. 33 is one of 19 historic South Shore railroad cars conveyed to NPS in 1984 after being decommissioned by the Chicago, South Shore, & South Bend Railroad. Since 1984 NPS has been working with numerous organizations in an effort to preserve the historic cars, and in 2010 finally succeeded in securing their preservation by transferring them to seven railroad museums which specialize in telling the stories of this nationís transportation history.

The East Troy Railroad Museum was chosen to be the recipient of eight of the 19 historic cars, because its large contingent of dedicated volunteers demonstrated the ability to preserve, maintain, and operate the cars.

Six restored historic South Shore railroad cars were in operation during Saturdayís Chicago Day event, which featured the first joint Interpretative program hosted by both the museum and NPS.

The East Troy Electric Railroad operates on 7.5 miles of electric rail line in continuous operation for over 100 years.

The museum has been in operation since 1972 and is the only museum in the country that regularly operates historic South Shore railroad cars on an electric interurban line.

The operating season extends from May through October with special holiday events in December. To learn more about the museum visit


Posted 7/18/2016





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