Links & Media


C.E.R.A. - The Central Electric Railfans  Association is one of the nation's premier railfan organizations, hosting regular programs and events about electric railroading (both past and present). CERA also publishes books about rail history and operations.

KENOSHA STREETCAR SOCIETY - is a non-profit organization chartered by the City of Kenosha, Wisconsin to preserve and promote Kenosha's streetcar history. The Society hosts seven annual slide shows or movies, all related to transportation history. They also have an annual Member Appreciation Dinner, as well as other special events throughout the year.

MILWAUKEE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY - founded to collect, preserve and make available materials relating to the history of the Milwaukee community. The Historical Society operates three museum houses and one historic site. The Research Library has close to a million photographs in the collections.

SHORE LINE INTERURBAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY - This is an organization that is focused on urban, suburban and interurban rail passenger services in the Upper Midwest. Through cooperation with other historical organizations and museums, their goal is to spread interest and increase public knowledge of rail passenger services. Their quarterly magazine, First & Fastest, has instituted coverage of steam- and diesel-powered rail passenger services in addition to its traditional coverage of electrically powered rail services in Illinois, Indiana and southeastern Wisconsin.

TMER&THS - The objective of The Milwaukee Electric Railway & Transit Historical Society is to preserve the memories of electric transit in Milwaukee and around the world.  While their main focus is on the Milwaukee Electric and North Shore electric railway systems, their monthly programs cover a wide variety of traction lines. The Society semi-annually publishes Live Wires, and produced a video on Milwaukee's Rapid Transit.

TWERHS - The Wisconsin Electric Railway Historical Society, Inc. is a non-profit, educational, historical society dedicated to the preservation of electric railway history and promotion of present-day electric transit systems. They perhaps are best known for their East Troy Trolley Museum, which they operated from 1972 until forced to close in 1984. Their newsletter, Wisconsin Electric Lines (LINES), is published bi-monthly. They host a Yahoo discussion group on electric transit.


EAST TROY ELECTRIC RAILROAD - This is an organization run by volunteers committed to the operation and preservation of historic trolleys and interurban railcars. Their cars travel a 10-mile round-trip between the depot in East Troy and The Elegant Farmer in Mukwonago, Wisconsin, on trackage original to The Milwaukee Electric Railway & Light Company. The railroad hosts special events, dinner & pizza trains and charters.

FOX RIVER TROLLEY MUSEUM - The museum operates a variety of antique trolleys along the Fox River over trackage that once connected Carpentersville, Elgin, Aurora, and Yorkville, Illinois. Their newsletter, the Fox River Lines, is published quarterly.

ILLINOIS RAILWAY MUSEUM - Originally formed to preserve one important piece of rolling stock, the Museum has evolved into an educational and historic preservation organization recreating possibly the largest operating demonstration railroad showcase on the North American continent. Houses over 300 pieces of steam, diesel and electric railway equipment. Rides are offered on a mainline through the countryside, or on a streetcar loop around the grounds. There also are operating trolley buses. Located at Union, Illinois. Also fund and manage the Pullman Library in Union, and the Strahorn Library in nearby Marengo, Illinois.