Shorewood - Shorewood is gearing up for the debut of the "Ghost Train" public art installation, which will resurrect the ghost of the Twin Cities "400" train on its old route across the Oak Leaf Trail bridge.
The Ghost Train is a public art installation commemorating the Twin Cities “400,” which routinely passed through Shorewood from 1935 to 1963 on its round-trip journeys between Chicago and St. Paul/Minneapolis. The train – touted as the fastest passenger train in the world – crossed over what is now the Oak Leaf Trail bridge at Capitol Drive, and the display will use light and sound technology to mimic the crossing twice nightly.
The Ghost Train will make its first run at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 31. The celebration will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in front of Culver's. The celebration will shift to Metro Market, where a costume contest and party will be held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. At the Metro Market, Ghost Train designer Marty Peck will talk about the idea for the project, and Shorewood Historical Society Director Karen de Hartog will talk about Shorewood's railroad history. There will be music and Halloween-themed refreshments for kids and adults.
In anticipation of the big debut, Peck and de Hartog, as well as Shorewood resident Gretchen Fairweather, will deliver a presentation about the Ghost Train on Thursday, Oct. 13, at North Shore Bank, 4414 N. Oakland Ave. The free event will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Guests at the North Shore Bank event will learn about the background of the Ghost Train and what it took to make the it part of the community. Peck will be on hand to discuss how he created the train and answer questions. De Hartog and Fairweather will share history and stories from riding the Twin Cities 400.
North Shore Bank will also host the costume contest at Metro Market on Halloween. Prizes will be rewarded to children dressed in train attire and groups and individuals dressed in period attire from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. Prizes include family passes to the Milwaukee Public Museum and gift cards to Three Lions, Camp Bar, Culver’s and Metro Market. Winners will be selected in these categories: children 12 and younger dressed in train-themed costumes; groups dressed in 30s-40s-50s-period attire; kids 18 and younger dressed in 30s-40s-50s-period attire and adults 19 and older dressed in 30s-40s-50s-period attire.