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Union - Illinois Railway Museum

7000 Olson Road
815-923-4000

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!



Reviews

Dan Feldkamp

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Sunday, May 6, 2018
What a fantastic gem of a museum! Vast amounts of space with several active railway tracks running some of the museum’s history trains including Chicago Main Line Services from the 1930s and the famous Zephyr Streamline train. The place is run by truly dedicated and knowledgeable volunteers who are happy to chat and share information. Dining opportunities are provided in an old restaurant car turned into a fifties style diner. The whole place is wheelchair accessible and very well signposted. Entrance fee includes rides on whichever trains are operational on the day of your visit. The museum’s website is well laid out and provides lots of interesting information including which trains run when and what other special events might be taking place. Great place also for the photo enthusiast with lots of unusual motifs everywhere. Highly recommended!

Bobbyjr Kerry

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Sunday, May 6, 2018
This place is just great. Quite a bit of history here......even though I don’t know a lot about them, they’re amazing to see. Several locomotives and street cars in operation. My favorite is Burlington’s, Nebraska Zephyr. Only thing, it would have been better if there was a Illinois Central, Orange and white locomotive.

Ed E

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Friday, April 27, 2018
Interested in trains and also the history of Chicago L trains? Worth visiting during summer. You can also go on rides on older train models. It is pretty far from Chicagoland for most people, but hey bring your kids or parents! And yourself.

Bob Reed

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Sunday, April 22, 2018
A bit of a drive but well worth it for train groupies. Several "barns" full of vintage locomotives and cars. Price includes a ride on a couple of different trains. Tons of space (100 acres) to walk and explore. Cafe was not open in April so bring lunch or check the site for options.

Barbara Bruce

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Sunday, April 22, 2018
Great place for train obsessed little ones. Lots of trains to see and ride. Wish the barns where better lit and you could be even with windows to see inside trains. But well worth a visit.

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