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Rails to Victory rides back in time in South Elgin

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  • An Army halftrack drives around the World War II encampment Sunday during the annual Rails to Victory event at the Fox River Trolley Museum in South Elgin.

      An Army halftrack drives around the World War II encampment Sunday during the annual Rails to Victory event at the Fox River Trolley Museum in South Elgin.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Thomas Sanoshy of South Elgin holds a M 1918 A-2 Browning Automatic Rifle that was on display Sunday in the World War II encampment during the annual Rails to Victory event in South Elgin.

      Thomas Sanoshy of South Elgin holds a M 1918 A-2 Browning Automatic Rifle that was on display Sunday in the World War II encampment during the annual Rails to Victory event in South Elgin.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Steve Schufft of Woodstock and Jered Hart of Belvidere clean a M1 Grand rifle while participating in the World War II encampment Sunday during the annual Rails to Victory event at the Fox River Trolley Museum in South Elgin.

      Steve Schufft of Woodstock and Jered Hart of Belvidere clean a M1 Grand rifle while participating in the World War II encampment Sunday during the annual Rails to Victory event at the Fox River Trolley Museum in South Elgin.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • The World War II encampment Sunday during the annual Rails to Victory event at the Fox River Trolley Museum in South Elgin.

      The World War II encampment Sunday during the annual Rails to Victory event at the Fox River Trolley Museum in South Elgin.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report

The Fox River Trolley Museum in South Elgin took visitors back to the era of the Greatest Generation this weekend as it hosted its annual Rails to Victory event.

The weekend featured World War II re-enactors as riders who, along with visitors, boarded trolleys into "Occupied France." It was a re-creation of the European interurban rail line that ran between Paris and Rouen, along the Seine River, during the summer of 1944.

Visits also could check out a World War II military encampment, view a period battle on the banks of the Fox River, and watch Sunday's U.S. Home Front baseball game with the Rockford Peaches, made famous in the 1992 film "A League of Their Own." Sunday's highlights also included an Army medical demonstration and a World War II bicycle parade and trail ride.

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