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Illinois Railway Museum

7000 Olson Road

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!


Alicia R. Anderson

Wednesday, July 25, 2018
We had a great time on Sunday at the special event with Thomas the Tank Engine! Things were well-organized and well laid out. We rode trolleys and street cars while waiting, and enjoyed the ride on Thomas at our scheduled time. Lines seemed long but moved quickly. Our family group of 21 ranged in age from 5 weeks to 82 years and everyone enjoyed themselves. There was a lot of walking, which was managed with strollers for the kids and scooter for an adult. Nice day!

Rachel Germain

Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Beautiful museum. My three year old son loves riding the trains and running through the open space. There is food available, but we normally pack a picnic. It is a great spot for young children to explore. One weekend a year they have Thomas the Tank Engine which is well worth the expense. I highly recommend to plan to spend 1/2 the day.

Christian Hill

Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018
So I'm not really a train guy so I never even knew this place existed as it's in the middle of nowhere and took some time to get here from the city. However, the Railway Museum hosted the Meet Thomas the train event and if you have a little one you probably understand. The Thomas weekend was probably the best day of my two year olds life. The rest of the museum is pretty interesting but this place is probably best visited during these events. There is a Santa's train event in winter. Great place to take the kids on the weekend.

Mark Scianna

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
We loved seeing all the old train cars and locomotives here. For the most part, the cars are housed in large, long barns, and are set up in such a way that you can walk between the cars for easy viewing. We only wish that there was accessibility to walk inside of more of the cars. They also have old time electric trains that you can ride on, on certain days. The cost to get in for adults is only $11.00, so it's very reasonably priced, plus there are restrooms and a diner. We can't wait to go back again.

anita szeto

Sunday, July 1, 2018
Great place for train fanatics. Lots of vintage trains to see. On the weekends there are usually at least 2 different trains running. Nice train themed playground for little ones. Small cafeteria it's available for food or bring your own picnic. There are lots of tables. Of course there is a well stocked gift store. Our family always enjoys our visits there.

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