The Ghost Train

Overview
The Ghost Train is an artistic sensory experience at the Oak Leaf Trail Bridge and Capitol Drive in Shorewood.  It made its inaugural run on October 31, 2016.  This first-of-its kind public art installation will enable visitors to travel back in history, imagining the round-trip journey of the 'Twin Cities 400' which was operated by the Chicago & North Western Railway and crossed that same location from 1935-1963.  Touted as the fastest passenger train in the world, the Chicago & North Western Railway's '400' routinely covered the 400 miles between Chicago and St. Paul, MN in just under 400 minutes - including its travel through Shorewood along the route of today's Oak Leaf Trail.  The Ghost Train is the next phase of an exciting long-term public art vision for Shorewood, which encompasses a partnership between the Public Art Shorewood Committee and the Shorewood Historical Society to make this project happen.

Design & Engineering

The Ghost Train designer is Marty Peck, principal of Creative Lighting Design & Engineering, which is a Germantown-based firm specializing in the expressive use of light in architecture.  Through innovative lighting and sound technology, Peck created the allusion of a Ghost Train crossing the bridge twice each evening to recall the schedule, speed and drama of the passing of this historic 400 train.  At other times the bridge will have a subtler artistic illumination.  Both the Ghost Train and bridge lighting will be a permanent installation.
The Ghost Train

Read "The Ghost Train - Revealed," written by Ghost Train Light Engineer Marty Peck.

​Ghost Train Committee

A big thank you to the entire Ghost Train Committee for their coordination efforts.  Their work entailed 18 months of volunteering their time to coordinate the vision and execution of the Ghost Train project.  The following individuals served on the Ghost Train Committee:
Pat Algiers   Diane Buck Bob Dean Dick Eschner
Karen de Hartog Doris Heiser Jon Krouse Vida Langenkamp
 Marian Nasgovitz Bill Nasgovitz Lucia Petrie  
Video of the Ghost Train is produced by Victor A. Cain.

Ghost Train "Departing" Times

The Ghost train will be active twice each night, going northbound and southbound mimicking the actual '400' train.  The times below and in the graphic to the right indicate when the train will be in action.

Winter Months (October 1 to March 15)

  • Northbound - 8:00 PM 
  • Southbound - 8:30 PM

Summer Months (March 16 to September 30)

  • Northbound - 9:30 PM
  • Southbound - 10:00 PM
Ghost Train Times

​News & Media on the Ghost Train

The following links are articles and news stories featuring the Ghost Train.

CODAmagazine
July 2017
https://flipboard.com/@codaworx/codamagazine%3A-interactive-art-ii-l5u8dcedy

FOX 6 NOW
October 31, 2016
http://fox6now.com/2016/10/31/the-ghost-train-the-spooky-sight-you-can-see-in-shorewood-starting-tonight/

North Shore Now
October 26, 2016
http://www.mynorthshorenow.com/story/news/local/shorewood/2016/10/26/historic-400-train-roar-back-life-ghost-train/92738952/

Shepherd Express
October 26, 2016
http://shepherdexpress.com/blog-13253-historic-locomotive-rides-again-with-ghost-train-around-milwaukee-shepherd-express.html

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

October 25, 2016
http://www.jsonline.com/story/entertainment/arts/art-city/2016/10/25/ghost-train-evoke-shorewoods-locomotive-past/92470934/

Shorewood Today article
July 18, 2016
https://issuu.com/villageofshorewood/docs/shorewood_today_summer/5?e=17015968%2F36258066

TMJ4 News 'the Now' story
June 28, 2016
http://www.tmj4.com/news/local-news/railroad-history-to-roar-back-to-life-in-shorewood

WUWM Radio Spot
May 2, 2016
http://wuwm.com/post/ghost-train-coming-shorewood#stream/0

Shorewood Ripples article
April 13, 2016
https://shorewoodhsripples.wordpress.com/2016/04/13/ghost-train-to-accentuate-oak-leaf-bike-trail/

Milwaukee Magazine article
April 12, 2016
http://www.milwaukeemag.com/2016/04/12/shorewood-get-spooky-new-art-installation/

Urban Milwaukee article

April 8, 2016
http://urbanmilwaukee.com/pressrelease/shorewood-ghost-train-public-art-installation-moves-forward/

Shorewood Historical Society Newsletter article
April 7, 2016
http://www.shorewoodhistory.org/newsletters/ShorHistNews4-16.pdf

Milwaukee BizTimes article
March 11, 2016
http://www.biztimes.com/2016/03/11/shorewood-considers-installing-ghost-train-public-art-project/

OnMilwaukee article
March 10, 2016
http://onmilwaukee.com/ent/articles/shorewoodghosttrain.html

Shorewood NOW article
March 9, 2016
http://www.shorewoodnow.com/news/ghost-train-may-come-through-shorewood-b99683563z1-
371554921.html


Milwaukee Independent
http://www.milwaukeeindependent.com/history/shorewood-ghost-train/