Smithsonian National Museum of
- In 2003, the Smithsonian completely
renovated of its transportation hall with an installation of a
major new exhibition, "America on the Move." Representing urban
transportation in the post-World War II period is Chicago, with
elaborate displays on both the "L" and bus transit. The exhibit
includes a restored car 6719 and a replica of part of
- The Illinois Railway Museum at Union, IL
has a fantastic collection of passenger, steam, commuter and "L"
trains and rail memorabilia. Among their "L" equipment collection
are several wood-bodied cars, sets of 4000s, one of the three
5000s, three sets of 6000s, three 1-50 series singles, and the
only museum-preserved set of Pullman 2000s.
Fox River Trolley
- The Fox River Trolley Museum in South
Elgin, IL is an outdoor, admission-free museum that offers rides
on various "L" cars, as well as CNS&M and CA&E interurban
cars. In their collection are three 4000s, the only operating
5000-series car, the CTA's Historic 6000-series cars (6101-6102),
and two 1-50 series singles.
East Troy Electric Railroad
- The East Troy Electric Railroad runs from
Mukwonago to East Troy in southeast Wisconsin. Built in 1907 by
the Milwaukee Electric Railway & Light Company, it continues
in its 92nd year as both a living shortline as well as a museum.
Their collection includes 4000- and 1-50 series cars.
Appleton Trolley Museum (Trolley
Car '86 Inc.)
- An all-volunteer organization that works
closely with the city of Appleton, WI and is dedicated to the
restoration and operation of working electric streetcars for the
enjoyment and education of all. They operate the only original
restored Milwaukee city streetcar in the Midwestern United States
and is also the home of 1-50 series CTA car 28.
Central Electric Railfans
- The Central Electric Railfans' Association
was formed in 1938 to encourage the study of the history,
equipment and operation of urban, suburban, interurban, and main
line electric railways. Based in Chicago, CERA is the premier
railfans group with a focus on Chicago-area and Midwestern
Shore Line Interurban Historical
- The Shore Line Interurban Historical
Society is a railfan group interested in the electric railways of
the Chicago area. The Society's primary focus are the North Shore
Line, South Shore Line, and CA&E, as well as several other
Chicago area electrics, including the "L", the Chicago Surface
Lines, and others. The Society has a
number of functions and activities, including production of
First & Fastest magazine, a high-quality quarterly
publication about the Chicagoland electric railways.