Many children and adults have at one point imagined what it’d be like to drive a train. For those that have yearned to work on the railroad, the East Troy Electric Railroad’s Train Camp is the first step to becoming a motorman of an antique “L” train.

From the silver-skinned Zephyr to antique trolleys that once whisked passengers through busy city streets to Chicago’s iconic “L,” trains are beloved by many.

The East Troy Electric Railroad, home to over 20 rail treasures including open cars, locomotives, streetcars and interurban coaches, will host Train Camp on Tuesday, Aug. 14 offering railway fans a behind-the-scenes tour of the facility and restored interurban coaches still running the rails today.

Campers will tour the historic depot, museum, car barn and meet the volunteers that keep the railroad running.  A highlight of the day will be a ride on a 4000-series CTA “L” car built in 1924 and painstakingly restored in the East Troy facility.

“Train Camp is a hands-on opportunity for train fans to walk the entire facility, get an up-close tour of several historic trains and learn about the many opportunities available at the railroad including serving as a conductor, motorman and docent greeting guests from across the country,” said Chuck Damaske, president of the East Troy Electric Railroad. “We’re asked all the time, ‘Can I work on the railroad?’  Well, now is the time.  We’re looking forward to introducing the East Troy Electric Railroad to area train aficionados at our inaugural camp.”

Train Camp will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the East Troy Electric Railroad’s historic depot, 2002 Church St. The fee is $10 and includes lunch and a ride on the railroad’s workhorse “L” train. All volunteers of the railroad must have a valid driver’s license and be 18 years of age.  Future train operators must be 21 and successfully pass railroad operating rules training and test trips. Advance reservations are required by calling 642-3263

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