Weyauwega trolley finds a new home in Michigan


    A trolley found behind the walls of an old home in a Weyauwega couple's backyard is being prepared for a move to a museum in Michigan, March 28, 2016. (WLUK/John Doran)

    Last summer, Sharon Krapil and her husband Bill were in the process of tearing down some old sheds in their backyard, when they discovered a 110 year old Chicago trolley car.

    "Let's face it," Krapil said, "how many people are going to find this in their backyard?"

    Now, it has a new home. After reaching out to several museums the trolley car will be headed to Michigan, and Krapil couldn't be happier.

    "I was so excited, I couldn't believe it and I went and ran to my husband and said, 'guess what? A museum wants our trolley car!'"

    Richard Willis with the Lost Railway Museum in Green Lake, says the museum is excited about the potential.

    "There's no other ones around, because it's an all wooden car, they're all deteriorated and this one was inside for 40-50 years and so it's been saved."

    After these types of trolley cars were no longer in service, hundreds were sold to be used as houses, and in 1944 Robert Husberg bought it, moved it to Weyauwega and lived in it with his wife and 3 children for 4 years. They built a shed around the car to keep it warm in the winters. In 1948, Bill and Florence Haberkamps moved in and added plumbing. Since then it has remained there virtually unchanged. Now, after months of searching, the Krapil's found a perfect match.

    "I am like on cloud 9. It's not going to be discarded, it's not going to be destroyed, it's going to be preserved and refurbished," said Krapil, "it's going to be in this museum and kids from who knows when are going to see these things. It's actual living pieces of history"

    "She is very excited that it's going to be in a museum," said Willis, "that's really all she wanted."

    The trolley car is set to start its journey to Grass Lake on Tuesday, and Krapil is already planning her trip to go see it.

    "I can't wait to get to grass lake and see our trolley car get worked on."

    The Lost Railway museum is set to open in the summer of 2017.

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