EAST TROY, WI - The depot is open, the historic cars are cleaned and polished, the long winter has come to an end, and the East Troy Electric Railroad is ready to kick off its 2021 season on Saturday, April 24th.
Trains will depart on the hour from the East Troy Depot starting at 10am. The last train departs at 3pm. On Sundays there will be three trains at 10am, noon and 2pm. Trains run every Saturday and Sunday through the first weekend in November. Trains will run three times a day on Fridays starting May 28th.
Capacity is limited to allow for social distancing and masks are required per federal regulations. Trains will only board new passengers at the East Troy Depot, though you will be able to get off the trains to shop at the Elegant Farmer. East Troy Electric Railroad asks that you visit their website and purchase tickets ahead of time for a specific train.
The East Troy Electric Railroad operates the last 7 miles of original track from The Milwaukee Electric Railway & Light Company interurban system, which had 200 miles of track in and around Milwaukee. For more than 50 years, trains left from the Public Service Building at 3rd and Michigan in Milwaukee and whisked passengers to and from cities and towns throughout southeastern Wisconsin, including Waukesha, Port Washington, Burlington, Sheboygan, Watertown, Kenosha, Racine and East Troy.
The Public Service Building is now part of the We Energies headquarters -- the company that emerged from the original Milwaukee Electric Railway & Light Company. The tracks are gone, except between East Troy and Mukwonago, where you can still experience what it was like to ride electric interurban trains in Wisconsin.
Prices for the round-trip rides are $9.50 for kids, $15 for adults, and $12.50 for seniors. One round trip takes approximately 90-minutes. Trains stop at the Elegant Farmer in Mukwonago, which is a popular spot for farm-fresh produce, cheese, and the famous Apple Pie Baked in a Paper Bag®. The trains are heated and there are restrooms inside the East Troy Depot.
They are also offering Dinner Trains and new Sunday Brunch Trains.
Visit their website for more information and to buy tickets at: easttroyrr.org