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Chicago Aurora & Elgin 453

Chicago Aurora & Elgin 453

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Donation Total: $25

IRM has the opportunity to acquire Chicago Aurora & Elgin 453, one of the last series of traditional interurban cars ever built, and bring it home to Illinois. It is currently in a museum in Pennsylvania, stored in complete and nearly original condition with relatively minor work needed to make it operational. Acquisition of this historic car will allow IRM to recreate the famous five-car "Cannon Ball" express train for which the CA&E was famous. A total of $25,000 is needed to purchase, transport, and house car 453.