Past Events

Metra Family Days – Shriners Hospital for Children-Chicago

Locomotive 1003 trekked into Chicago and then returned back to Hartford with a small freight over the period Aug. 9- Aug. 14. The first appearance on Saturday, August 12 was in conjunction with a highly attended Metra Family Days at Metra’s Western Ave. shops/ yard.

The second appearance was at the Galewood (Chicago) station for a public exhibition which supported the Shriners Hospital for Children-Chicago. 

At Metra Fox Lake depot

Santa Train 2016


Photo Freight to Randolph, WI – November 22 – 23, 2016

Santa Train 2015 – November 14, 2015

Photo Freight to Fairwater, WI  October 31 – November 1, 2015

1003 Test Runs – November 9, 2014

Santa Train – November 8, 2014


Toys for Tots – Nov. 3, 2012

On Saturday, November 3, 2012, the Steam Locomotive Heritage Association ran a “Whistle Stop Santa Appearance” train from Milton to Middleton, Wisconsin, with stops in Edgerton, Stoughton, McFarland and Madison. The trip was run in conjunction with Toys for Tots Organization, Marine Corps, University of Wisconsin Athletics and the Wisconsin & Southern Railroad.

Joined by two United States Marines and four UW football players, volunteers collected a huge amount of gifts for the Toys for Tots program from the hundreds of people came out to see the train. We thank everyone who participated and enjoyed this event.