Summer 2022: Nostalgic trams and trolleys | Entertainment
All aboard for a nostalgic summer transport!
Fans of vintage trams and trams have a few options in this area.
Kenosha Lakeside Truck
Kenosha’s Lakefront Trolley – on a route from Parkside University on the north side of town, through downtown and south to the Kemper Center. — is back on the road for the summer.
The cart operates Friday through Sunday, extending to Wednesday through Sunday after June 10.
The Trolley route passes several art galleries near the Union Park area. Other highlights on the itinerary include the History Center, Civil War Museum, and Kenosha Public Museum.
The rubber-tired cart leaves the transit center, 724 54th St., at five minutes past the hour on its southbound route and leaves the transit center 30 minutes past the hour on its northbound route.
For a map of the tram route, go to kenosha.org.
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There are markers along the route, and people can also flag the driver to pick them up along the way. Fares are $1 for adults and 50 cents for children.
In Kenosha, the city’s electric streetcars take riders along the shore of Lake Michigan on a two-mile loop through historic neighborhoods and downtown.
The trams run from 11:05 a.m. to 6:35 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 10:35 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Stops include the Transit Center, 724 54th St. Fares are $1 for adults (13 and older), 50 cents for children (5-12), and free for children 4 and under.
Kenosha Trolley Day is September 10.
During the free event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., people can visit the “Tram Barn” (Joseph McCarthy Transit Center, 724 54th St.) and view interactive exhibits, vendors and more.
Brad Preston, President of the Streetcar Society and longtime and recently retired streetcar technician, is on hand to explain how the streetcars work and share the history of the cars that run on the line, which started operating in June 2000.
For Kenosha Streetcar Day, the Kenosha Area Streetcar Society and Kenosha Area Transit come together each year to celebrate the city’s unique attraction. The large doors of the McCarthy Transit Center on 54th Street open and everyone is invited inside to see how the streetcars are restored and maintained.
Like many cities, Kenosha had streetcars and intercity lines for decades, but the rise of the automobile in America sent those means of transportation to the scrapyard more than half a century ago.
The trams will be in service and available for photos. Two cars will be running at a time while the others are on display.
The city has seven trams. Each car is painted in the colors and lettering of a North American city that operated the cars in the 1940s and 1950s – Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Toronto, Chicago, Johnstown, Philadelphia and San Francisco.
Six of the cars were operated by the Toronto Transit Commission from 1951 to 1995. The seventh car was operated in Philadelphia from 1948 to 1993.
East Troy Railway Museum
Railroad fans can find restored cars and more at the East Troy Railroad Museum, 2002 Church St. in East Troy.
Additionally, the eco-friendly and meticulously restored cars of the East Troy Electric Railroad run the tracks on weekends from April to October through the Kettle Moraine countryside.
These are the same streetcars and coaches that once connected small towns to cities like Milwaukee, Chicago and Minneapolis.
Located 20 minutes from Lake Geneva, the volunteer-run Railroad Museum runs 14-mile round-trip excursions from its East Troy Depot and Museum, home to more than 20 railroad treasures, to Indianhead Park in Mukwonago. The railroad also operates the only electric intercity dining car service in North America, recreating the luxury of a bygone era.
For more information on museum and railroad tours, call 262-642-3263 or log on to easttroyrr.org.