Fox River Trolley Museum

$53,420 of $110,000 goal

Raised by 509 people in 13 months
The only thing more broken than the windows damaged inside our Museum barn, were our hearts!
The Fox River Trolley Museum suffered a terrible burglary, that was discovered on July 7th. As reported everywhere, two boys, 11 & 13 used pick axes to break through a wall and did over $110,000 of damage across all seven cars inside the barn.

The museum is a completely non-profit organization, with no employees, and completely rely on volunteers and donations.

See the video tour of the work that needs done -- 

Fox valley trolley museum community very determined to survive senseless damage and thrive beyond it 

Listen to the Radio Interview for more detail on the story (6 minutes)
Radio Interview with Jeff Bennett
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WGN9 Covered the 6 month progress today. We sincerely want to thank the whole community of volunteers and donors who have helped make the progress we have made!

From WGN:

When the public heard about the vandalism, the small museum with an even smaller budget and minimal insurance, felt a wave of goodwill.

A GoFundMe page so far has raised nearly $51,000 dollars and a Joliet glass maker donated tens of thousands of dollars in custom made replacement windows.

And a security firm, Imperial Surveillance, donated a high-tech camera system.

“If we hadn’t had the outpouring of resources, we wouldn’t be sitting here right now,” the museum’s Jeff Bennett said. “We have to pass this on to the next generation. This is the history of Elgin and a Fox River Valley.”

It is a history Bennett hopes even the boys who broke in over the summer can become a part of.

“We did make the offer that we would very much love the opportunity to have the boys come out and do some community service to see and appreciate what they damaged,” he said. “They had no idea what they damaged.”

But for those who did and who put hundreds of hours over the past six months to rebuild, it’s a history back on track.

“There is just satisfaction that everything that people have put their life into, maintaining and restoring and passing onto my children, the next generation to come,” Bennett said. “Just knowing we’re becoming whole again.”
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On #GivingTuesday please remember Fox River Trolley Museum (FRTM). The donations thus far have really made a huge impact to our community. We need to continue our progress towards recovery at FRTM!

Ways you can continue to contribute are:

- Donate
- Share information about or cause & our events
- Volunteer - message us to help! We need all kinds of help.
- Visit and bring friends! (Rails to Victory is our first event next year April 27 & 28, 2019)

#GivingTuesday harnesses the potential of social media and the generosity of people around the world to bring about real change in their communities; it provides a platform for them to encourage the donation of time, resources and talents to address local challenges. It also brings together the collective power of a unique blend of partners— nonprofits, civic organizations, businesses and corporations, as well as families and individuals—to encourage and amplify small acts of kindness.
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Please join us on The North Shore Limited Charter with David Harrison that will feature cars from the Chicago Transit Authority’s Heritage Fleet of four 2400 series 1976 Boeing cars.

This charter is a fundraiser for the Fox River Trolley Museum’s vandalism recovery project. Tickets are $29.70 each. Tickets are not tax deductible or refundable. Although every effort is made to operate specified equipment and according to schedule, no guarantees about specific times or equipment can be made.

This special charter, hosted by David Harrison will board at the Linden Avenue CTA Station, 349 Linden Avenue, Wilmette, IL on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 9:30 a.m., with a 10 a.m. departure.

Trip details:
Train runs on the Evanston Purple Line to the Chicago "L" Loop. A photo stop will be made at the Quincy Loop "L" Station. The train will then circle the Loop L to head back north with photo stops at Addison in front of Wrigley Field and Sheridan Road. The train will then run express from Sheridan Road back to Linden Avenue station in Wilmette.

For more details and tickets please go to:
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Please Join Us for Members & Friends Day at the Fox River Trolley Museum! We want you all to know how much we appreciate you and for you to see the progress this far!
Saturday October 13, 2018 from 11am - 4pm at the museum.
- Trolley rides
- Free lunch ( you have earned it!)
- Personal tours of the Trolleys in the Barn - See the whole collection.
- Get your chance to learn what it takes to operate a trolley!
- Learn about opportunities to sign up at the museums various departments
- We really want to see you there! You are part of the museums success
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