Traction Weekend will highlight the electric railroads that once blanketed the Chicago area. Dozen of antique streetcars, interurban cars, and elevated railway cars will be providing rides to attendees.
In honor of the 100th birthday of Frisco 1630, the focus for Traction Weekend this year will be on electric cars 100 years old or more. Wooden elevated cars, including a recently-restored Pullman ‘L’ car built in 1898, will be carrying passengers. Wooden interurban coaches from the Chicago Aurora & Elgin will operate both days of the event. A special feature will be the “Tangerine Limited,” a three-car train of interurbans from the Illinois Terminal including an open-platform parlor-observation car. Restored wooden streetcars from the Chicago Surface Lines will be in operation both days including “Red Rocket” car 144, built by Pullman in 1908, and “Matchbox” car 1374 dating to 1906.
Examples of some of the earliest steel electric cars will also be running, including heavyweight interurban cars from the North Shore Line, a lightweight high-speed car from the Illinois Terminal lines in St. Louis, and Sand Springs Railway 68, a pioneering lightweight suburban electric car. Early electric freight locomotives and maintenance-of-way equipment will also be operated as a demonstration.
Along with the 100-year-old electric cars the star centenarian itself, Frisco 1630, will be providing rides on a train of 100-year-old coaches.
Don’t miss this chance to step back in time 100 years!
For hours, admission prices, and scheduled operating equipment on June 30th click here.
For hours, admission prices, and scheduled operating equipment on July 1st click here.