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Chicago [US] - From Seattle to Illinois

K. Budach - 05.09.16


In late November 2015, the Illinois Railway Museum took receipt of the former Seattle trolleybus 4123. The only 14-year old trolley is now the newest item in a large collection of such vehicles at one the premier railway museums in the Midwest. Located in Union, Illinois, about 90 km northwest of Chicago, the museum opened in 1953 along a discontinued railroad route.

Presently 20 trolleybuses are stored on site, the oldest being from Chicago. This
American Car-Brill No.84 actually dates from 1930 and was part of a series of 41 such buses. Other preserved trolleybuses of local origin date from 1937 and 1951. There is also an articulated unit from 1948.

Images:
The latest preserved trolleybus is seen during its arrival in Illinois as well as later during a first trial run on the museum's very own trolley route. Photos: Ray Piesciuk, as extracted from the museum blog, see also:


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