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In The Aftermath of Vandalism, Area Businesses Rally Support for Beloved Trolley Museum That Runs "Polar Express" for Holidays

WHAT:

In early July, vandals broke into the Fox River Trolley Museum causing over $150,000 in damage to vintage train cars, some over 100 years old. Hearing the news, local businesses rallied to support the beloved museum, including Imperial Surveillance which donated and designed a state-of-the-art surveillance system to protect the trolleys for future generations. The recently completed installation features motion-tracking, mobile alerts, strobe lights and 24-hour archived monitoring.

 

WHEN:

Thursday, December 20 | 10:30AM

Museum grounds tours and trolley rides along Fox River and into adjoining Forest Preserve

Survey of existing vandalism damage and completed repairs

Exhibition of surveillance technology and equipment 

Interviews with museum volunteers and patrons

 

WHERE:

Fox River Trolley Museum

365 S La Fox St, 

South Elgin, IL 60177

 

WHY:

“The kids that broke into this facility did more than financial damage. Some of this equipment simply can’t be replaced,” says Fox River Trolley Museum Coordinator Jeff Bennett. “But the silver lining is that the support we’ve received as really showcased the love for this local treasure — particularly from other kids too, some of whom literally opened piggy banks to send us donations.”

 

“After hearing what happened I knew we had to do something. When you visit this place the history comes alive and is truly magical, even if you are not a train enthusiast,” said Founder of Imperial Surveillance, Garrett LeTourneau. “My own kids love it here and we want to be sure future generations can experience this local history.”

 

FACTS OF NOTE:

Founding members bought the museum’s 1st trolley car when they were in high school for $500 in 1961 (a $20,000 investment in today’s value)

A GoFundMe page has received over $50,000 in donations from around the world 

The new security system features 8 cameras, an on-site server and over 2500 feet of cabling, valued at over $15,000

The museum includes a US Postal Service train car which is still an official processing center when staffed by licensed postal workers

The museum is a 100% volunteer operation

 

MEDIA:

HD Video and HQ photography of trolley cars, surveillance footage and security equipment available.

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