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East Troy Electric Railroad Museum

2002 Church Street

About Us:-

Like almost any other museum, the East Troy Railroad Museum exists because of its volunteers. The variety of tasks in the operation of a museum is amazingly wide. From answering the telephone to operating trains, many different kinds of people using many different kinds of skills come into play.

What all of them have in common, though, is a desire to see things happen. This is the basis of the motivation that brings them out to the line and keeps them coming back regularly. They all know that whatever their time contribution, it’s needed to keep the line alive and growing.

Some view their volunteer time as an opportunity to expand their skills and life experience. Many arrive with a skillset that they expect to use, and instead wind up assisting less-experienced workers while broadening their own skills in other fields.

Every one knows that they are doing important work, keeping this valuable piece of history alive. All have time constraints, of course; not every volunteer can put in 150 days a year (as some of the retired ones may). Some can only find time for one day a month.  But all like the work. It is involving, challenging, and very satisfying. There are ways individuals are singled out for recognition in the volunteer events throughout the year, but any one of the honorees would quickly tell you that they don’t do it for the cheers of their peers. They get all the gratification they need by simply accomplishing something they know is important.

That’s how it is. People can see the need, and find it interesting, even fun, to answer the call. On just about any weekend, stop on out and visit the museum. Talk to one of the volunteers. You too have a skill that can be put to good use, and some interesting, involving, and rewarding task awaits you.


Emily Jensen

Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018
Went on the pizza train with a toddler, a preschooler and the rest of the family. Everyone had a wonderful time and the little ones were besides themselves. But the thing I was blown away by were the staff. They were so sweet, so welcoming, so nice, they added so much to the experience. They are all volunteers and you can tell, they just love what they do. Great experience all around.

Laura Hodgen

Sunday, July 29, 2018
Brought back great memories and made new ones. Love the trolley and the Elegant Farmer. The ice cream parlor next to the amazing trolley museum is fun. Great day.

Theresa Kreuzer

Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018
Constantly breaks down. Sometimes AFTER events like dinner train. I live nearby & witness more than general public. I have lived in area more than 30 yrs. Rode trolley many times & seen Volunteers work tirelessly..this comment isn't meant to be disrespectful to the volunteers.

andrew bond

Thursday, June 7, 2018
One of the oldest continuously running overhead electric railroads in United States. Volunteer run now by folks that love it. A must see. Call ahead for special events as they sell out.

Eric Miller

Saturday, May 12, 2018
Simply outstanding!! Charles and Ryan were wonderful guides....knowledgeable and engaging. Family friendly facilities and a true look back at the heyday of the rail. We thoroughly enjoyed our time.

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