The East Troy Museum and Electric Railroad
Keeping up with the recent past regarding blogs, here's our trip to the East Troy Railroad Museum on June 6th of last year!
Electric railway history in East Troy, WI dates back to nearly the turn of the 20th century in 1907, when electric railway building was booming across much of the United States, but especially in the urbanized sections of the Northeast, Midwest and Western US. Using electric motive power, this disorganized system nonetheless allowed commuters to connect to a major city from rural areas, and even inter-city connections via both steam and electric railways.
|A post card I picked up from the museum of the East Troy Museum Car #24.|
In Milwaukee's case, one could hop on to the MER&L Railway from East Troy and connect to Milwaukee. From there, you could connect to the Chicago North Shore & Milwaukee Railroad and reach Chicago, make your way to the South Shore Line and reach South Bend, IN, and from there, make your way into various parts of Michigan.
While not without its faults, and certainly not profitable, the fact that one could use various electric transit systems to reach such a large area over 100 years ago, which is almost impossible to do today without an automobile, should certainly make anyone think about our transportation funding priorities, to say the very least.
The museum serves as a living reminder, and one of the very few remnants, of the system today.
|Looking along the right of way from Mukwonago as the early June sun shines. Thankfully, the cars have windows that you can open, allowing for a terrific breeze.|
|The railroad runs between East Troy and Mukwonago, stopping right near a market known as the Elegant Farmer. There's enough time between the journey back and forth to visit and do a little shopping!|
|I believe you can purchase one-way tickets between East Troy and Mukwonago, but I'm not sure why you would.|
|The museum uses a few different trolley cars from various parts of the Milwaukee Electric Railway system for its motive power.|
|The depot at East Troy is full of memorabilia and historical artifacts of the railway and electric interurbans in general.|