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Illinois Railway Museum

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7000 Olson Rd., Union, IL 60180 7000 Olson Rd., Union Directions
Today 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM Open All Hours

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 | 8 days ago
It was a lot of fun to go visit the museum. My son enjoyed his time there and so did we! I would go back again!
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Report | 16 days ago
Great place to take the family
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Report | 16 days ago
have been there many times over the years and enjoyed it with both the kids and grandkids. it has always been a fun experience for all of us.
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Report | 17 days ago
My boys, ages 9, 11 and 14, had a wonderful day walking through old trains and appreciating the advances that have been made. It was a fun day to get out close to home and do something different!
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Report | 17 days ago
Very fun family outing!
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Report | 21 days ago
Great selection of trains with details provided on plaques throughout to allow people to peruse at their pleasure and still take in the history that each exhibit is providing. Workers seemed to all enjoy their roles and were willing to answer any questions. The only recommendation I would give would be to improve the quality of the food offered in the diner a little bit.
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Report | 23 days ago
Its was great lots of cool trains. The train rides were also nice
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Report | a month ago
Always a good time. Great equipment, new equipment being restored. If you love vintage transportation IRM is hard to beat!
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Report | a month ago
Great place!
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Report | a month ago
The electric train ride is seasonal, but informative and fun! Lots of old diesel and steam trains.
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From Our Editors

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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Illinois Railway Museum

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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