The first electric tourist trolleys left from East Troy on May 27, 1972. Fifty years later, the first trains of the East Troy Electric Railroad’s 2022 regular season are ready to roll in East Troy.
To celebrate, the railroad is offering free rides for East Troy residents all of May 27 on the hour from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Bring proof of residency (i.e. school ID, library card, utility bill, driver's license).
The trains travel along a 7-mile railroad line between East Troy and Mukwonago, with a stop at the Elegant Farmer along the way.
“This year will be special for our volunteers and a great time for people to come out to ride our trains,” said Ryan Jonas, president of the East Troy Railroad Museum. “When you take a ride on our trains, you’ll hear about the history of the electric railroad line, which has been in continuous use since 1907.
“This year you’ll also hear about the hundreds of volunteers and what they have done to maintain this railroad and restore its trolleys, streetcars and interurban cars for 50 years. It really is an amazing story.”
Free Parking is available in East Troy. The railroad’s cars are heated and rest rooms are available at the East Troy depot, 2002 Church St., East Troy, and the Elegant Farmer, 1545 Main St, Mukwonago.
About the Railroad
The East Troy Railroad Museum operates 14-mile round trip train rides from its historic East Troy depot and museum to Indianhead Park in Mukwonago, with a stop at the popular Elegant Farmer store and deli.
The railroad is celebrating 50 years of riding the rails through Southeast Wisconsin’s Kettle Moraine countryside. The not-for-profit museum is operated, maintained and managed by over 130 volunteers dedicated to engaging visitors in the heritage of electric interurban railways and trolley systems through restoration, preservation and operation of historic Equipment.
For more information, visit easttroyrr.org or call (262) 642-3263.