Kenosha, Wisconsin: Kenosha's Electric Streetcars

Clang, clang, clang. Suddenly it's 1940 and you're riding a trolley.

54th St., Kenosha, WI
I-94 exit 342. Drive east on Hwy 158 until it ends at the harbor. Turn right onto 6th Ave. Drive one block. Turn right onto 54th St. You'll see the streetcar terminal just ahead, on the right. The streetcars have wheelchair lifts installed and are accessible.
Mid-day year round. Longer in summer. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Adults $1.
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Retro streetcar.

Kenosha's Electric Streetcars

While rail museums may show streetcars, the Kenosha streetcars are actually operated on the street on a two mile loop: through the north end of Kenosha's downtown and past the scenic harbor front. The streetcars pass (among other things) the downtown transit center; the Metra station; a dinosaur museum; the county court house; main street; a marina; the public museum and the Civil War museum; and the Kenosha harbor. The half-dozen cars in service are painted to represent various city streetcar lines of the past, including Toronto, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Chicago, and Johnstown, PA. A pleasant ride through an upscale area of town, with museums and recreation all around. Many stops along the way, and many restaurants are within a short walk.

[W. B. Becwar, 04/30/2014]

Lots of cities have modern "light rail" systems, but they lack the charm of Kenosha's retro rail cars.

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