Illinois Railway Museum
The mission of the Illinois Railway Museum is to demonstrate the vital role railroads have played in the growth of the Chicago area as well as the United States through the preservation and operation of railroad and mass transit rolling stock and the display of related artifacts in a realistic setting. These exhibits provide an interactive, educational experience for visitors of all ages.
It has always been a prime desire of the Museum and its membership to display our historic collections to the public-at-large. Throughout IRM's existence, there has been a concerted outreach to the general public to gain recognition, acceptance and support.
As a relatively new organization, some of the amenities normally expected of the fully funded major museums may not as yet exist here at Union. Rest assured that our goal is to make this presentation as professional as possible. With time, member "sweat-equity" and public participation substituting for full funding, our goal will be reached, as the attaining of our current recognized status will attest. Having invested almost forty years to establish our presence and recreate the railroad environment, the Illinois Railway Museum is remaining true to its goals and planning for the future!
Fun museum for kids and adults. Ticket prices include train rides of they are running. Nice park for kids to unwind. Diner has good food at an agreeable price. Easily found off I-90. Some engines and cars are completely restored, others are awaiting restoration. All types of rolling stock, diesel electric, steam, street cars, and electric buses. You can easily spend a day there.
Loved the special holiday train ! the kids had a great time. Ample parking - easy access to food and amenities. A bit off road but kids love the country side. They have very good collections of working engines . The staff is very kind and helpful. They have a gift shop - the items are priced OK . Over all amazing experience and we will go there again.
Lots to see and do. Weekends in the summer provide lots of trains to ride. Watch their calendar of events located on their website. The Nebraska Zephyr is very popular, when it runs. They sometimes have the dining car in operation for lunch and/or dinner. Just riding or touring through the trains brings back memories of train travel during the golden era.
Really well done museum. I've seen nothing like it, but clearly this took a great deal of hard work and dedication to put together. We underestimated how much there was to see and do here big-time! There are 4 miles of cars alone that could take your whole day. Each car tells a story of the past....quite interesting.
This is a great place for family time. My 5 year old little engineer loved it. You can learn about history of the American railroad, and get to ride on awesome steam engines.