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A VISIT TO THE EAST TROY RAILROAD AND A CAB RIDE

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CTA car 45 on the East Troy main line.
















After Car 28 arrived at Appleton in 1998, I needed to get some operating experience with this type of car. One spring day in 2000, my son and I went to East Troy Wisconsin. Through the generosity of General Manager Jack Franklin, I got a chance to operate CTA car 45 over most of the railroad. I also brought my video camera and was able to document the occasion. Later that month I returned a second time and had another opportunity to operated 45 again. This time it was an actual revenue run with a full load of passengers. The railroad has a few grade crossings which need some horn blowing, and runs next to a highway where drivers and passengers look at the train in awe. In 2001 I visited again as a working volunteer and was a conductor on the two car 1920's vintage Chicago elevated train. At the invitation of Jack Franklin on July 19, 2002, I was again at the controls of a two car train consisting of CTA cars 45 and 35. I brought down some members of the Appleton Museum to also experience the thrill of operating on a real electric railroad complete with grade crossings and stations. This is becoming one of my favorite small railroads because it still runs freight, trolleys and interurbans under wire in a rural setting.

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Operating with a good crowd adds to the excitement and thrill of being a motorman on car 45.

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Here is a night shot of 35 and 45, one of my favorite photos.

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The two car Chicago Elevated train leaves off passengers at the Elegant Farmer Stop.

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A freight run gets assistance at the grade crossing as seen from the window of the Elevated car at Elegant Farmer.
















Keep an eye out for more pics of this great electric railroad.