Illinois Railway Museum

Museum
7000 Olson Rd., Union, IL 60180 7000 Olson Rd., Union Directions
Today 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM Open All Hours
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Looking for a unique art museum? Head on over to Union's Illinois Railway Museum, IL, and browse through a wide variety of art pieces. Spice up your weekend, give this museum a call today.

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  • Hours
    Sun
    10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    Mon-Fri
    11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Sat
    10:30 AM - 5:00 PM

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Report | 3 days ago
Train ride was enjoyable and museum was interesting. Would not recommend eating at the restaurant there.
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Report | 4 days ago
Enjoyed the train rides and walking through the the street cars
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Report | 5 days ago
Really fun day. My son had a blast. It was very cool seeing trains from so long ago!!!
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Report | 8 days ago
Great for railroad enthusiasts, history enthusiasts, or those just seeking good clean family fun. Surpassed all expectations. Ample parking, great concessions, variety of things to see and do but the rides on the trams and trains were hands down the best experience of the day.
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Report | 11 days ago
Soooo interesting. We spent 4 hours walking through the buildings. Huge variety of trains to see and a few you could walk through. I would like to go back when more train rides are available.
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Report | 18 days ago
The IRM is always a good time, and fun for the whole family. If you enjoy trains it's a must.
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Report | 18 days ago
The Museum was flexible which was nice. We had purchased a pass for weekdays and ended up late in the year when they were only open on weekends. We were willing to pay a bit more but they accommodated us without any additional fee.
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Report | 22 days ago
It was great going back next year
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Report | 23 days ago
Great for kids, family friendly, clean, well-run.
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Report | 23 days ago
Wonderful collection of trains, especially urban trolleys and street cars. Truly enjoyed the visit, could spend an entire day here. Open cars rotate, so multiple visits will provide different experiences.
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The most enticing exhibits at the Illinois Railway Museum don't sit in glass cases. Instead, they can be found chugging along the five-mile mainline or the one-mile streetcar loop at various points in the day, giving visitors an opportunity to witness these antique machines functioning the way they were meant to do. This emphasis on living history is a key part of the museum's mission to educate visitors about the growth and development of the railroad industry throughout the Chicagoland area as well as the United States in general.

Although it already possesses extensive collections of trolley coaches, electric cars, diesel engines, steam locomotives, and railroad cars, the Illinois Railway Museum is still bent on acquiring more pieces, hoping to eventually represent each major chronological period in the history of rail travel. The museum's volunteers do their best to restore antique equipment whenever possible, either by rebuilding original parts or by using modern reproductions and cosmetic touches to fill in the blanks. This ensures that visitors will not only be able to see restored, full-sized versions of historic rolling stock, but can also witness them in motion and even ride some of them.

Beyond the locomotives and cars, the Illinois Railway Museum also features a broad assortment of historical artifacts. Antique signals, telegraph and communications equipment, tools, uniforms, and ticket stubs are all available for viewing for guests hoping to learn even more about America's railroad history.

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Sun
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Mon-Fri
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sat
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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