The Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society is pleased to announce that ticket sales for The Joliet Rocket trips will begin at 6PM on May 9th for the general public and 6PM May 8th for members. Roundtrips will depart Joliet, Illinois for Chicago and return twice each day on September 15th and 16th over Metra’s Rock Island Line. Tickets can be purchased online at fortwaynerailroad.org or by phone at 1-888-718-4253.
Ticket classes include Deluxe Coach ($139.00), Open Air Car ($200.00), First Class and First Class Suites ($189.00), Dome Class ($249.00) and Executive Class (TBA.) The historic passenger will include the Stampede Pass, Wisconsin Valley, Frank Thomson, Superdome, Silver Palace, Silver Solarium, Silver Lariat, Braddock Inn, NYC 83 and Fox River Valley.
The open-air car will be placed immediately behind the steam locomotive, auxillary tender and tool car. Classes and passenger cars can be viewed at The Joliet Rocket event site.
Tickets for this exciting, themed event include appetizers and drinks, open vestibules (where applicable), an extended layover at LaSalle Street Station, live entertainment and much more. For more details, click here or read the press release. For questions, contact the ticket agent.
Society grants $2,500 toward restoration effort, offers special donor plates for donations over $100.00
As a small, but dedicated crew makes progress on restoring Nickel Plate Road diesel locomotive no. 358, the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society has dedicated an additional $2,500 into the restoration effort. The investment follows a $3,000 grant from Steel Dynamics in 2017.