I just got home from a wonderful weekend at IRM. Saturday the Museum staged an expanded version of the annual Trolley Pageant to celebrate IRM's 60th Anniversary, and Sunday was "North Shore Day" commemorating the 50th Anniversary of abandonment of the Chicago, North Shore, and Milwaukee interurban line. The weather was good both days and I would guess there were two or three hundred visitors each day.
The goal for the Pageant was to stage a parade with 60 electric railway cars to celebrate the 60th Anniversary. And they did it! Fortunately most of the electric railway rolling stock at IRM was designed to be operated in multiple car trains, so "only" 29 separate entries in the parade were needed. Multiple-unit trains included a seven-car train of PCC-style rapid transit cars, a five car train of North Shore interurbans, and a four-car train of older wooden CA&E cars. On Sunday two North Shore trains were in service and several other pieces of North Shore equipment were outside on display.
This weekend was the kick-off of a major fund raiser to return the North Shore Electroliner to reliable service. The train looks great on the outside, but needs lots of expensive mechanical and electrical work as well as an extensive refurbishment of the interior. The train was on display at the Museum's "L" station all weekend, with tours available.
Someone has posted a video of the parade on YouTube showing all sixty cars passing the reviewing stand:
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