Take An Independence Day Joyride on a 1912 Antique Steam Powered Locomotive

Freeport, Illinois — July 4, 2017 — Nothing says independence and freedom like riding aboard  the Silver Creek Railroad Antique Steam Train.  This July 4th that’s exactly what you’ll get to do when you board the 36 ton 1912 Heisler steam locomotive that takes you through a journey of a lifetime.

The antique red caboose is even reported to be the oldest in the state.

1912 Heisler Steam Locomotive

Enjoy a four mile ride through farmlands of Stephenson County and across a bridge 30′ above Yellow Creek on this steam locomotive that pulls three cabooses, including the antique red caboose and three passenger flatcars.

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Ride the Steam Train

The legends of railroading are filled with crack passenger trains speeding down the mainline to fame and glory. But, the golden age of railroading had another, more unsung hero in the numerous branchline trains that tied the small towns of a once more rural America to the outside world.

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These small workhorses had a sometimes eccentric and always fascinating appeal that is captured on our rustic track and equipment. Experience steam branch-line railroading behind our 1912 steam locomotive on a 3.4 mile round trip excursion into history.

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Purchase your ticket at the Silver Creek Depot, a turn-of-the-century replica filled with railroad artifacts. Browse for novelties in the Freight House Gift Shop.

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You can even browse for novelties in the Freight House Gift Shop.

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Visit the Silvercreek Museum filled with early Americana and featuring the 130 ton Cooper Corliss Steam Engine and its over 25′ fly wheel.

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Food will be available at the museum also.

Train Rides Are: Adults: $8; Children under 12: $2; Cab Rides: Ask at the Depot;

Museum: Adults: $4; Children Under 12: Free.

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The Silver Creek and Stephenson Railroad can be reached by telephone by calling (815-235-2198 or 815-235-7329)

The historic rides are being offered from 11 am to 4 pm. 

The Silver Creek and Stephenson Railroad of Freeport, Illinois is a not-for-profit educational organization, preserving America’s historical railroad heritage.

They are located at 2954 S. Walnut, Freeport.

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