Galesburg Railroad Museum

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travelerhugh
Belleville, IL55 contributions
Limited rolling stock and one stationary steam locomotive, small museum housed in former freight house (rebuilt?). Seeing actual trains including BNSF and Amtrak nearby was more fulfilling than this museum. There is a great Lincoln statue at the new Amtrak station next door (built to appear historic).
Written 3 August 2022
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Homecroft56
Nineveh, IN382 contributions
We are rail buffs and have been to a lot of rail museums. Disappointed with this one. Small but a lot of items. We were greeted at the front door with the sign that masks are required - on July 11 when the rest of the country was getting back to normal. Only stop in our 15 day trip where a mask was required. Two workers were in the museum and insisted that we wear masks - the two workers plus us made a total of 4 people in the building - plenty of room to social distance and all 4 of us had been vaccinated. Then to top it off - no photography allowed. What? You have this cool stuff and I can't take a picture? Their Board of Directors insist that there could be copyright infringement issues on the few photos that are displayed. The Board must all be attorneys. Pass on this one. On the bright side the museum is located next door to the Amtrak station - come late in the afternoon and you will see The Zephyr and The Chief come in on their way west.
Written 5 August 2021
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smjreader
Chicago, IL121 contributions
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Museum is small and open limited hours but what makes it worthwhile are the people who work there who provide the tours of the railroad cars and tell the stories and history of railroad travel and the men and women who worked on the trains. We had an excellent guide who took us on the train cars and explained not only the mechanics of the train and equipment but personal stories and his own family history of what it was like to work on them. Inside a woman was telling stories about Abraham Lincoln and other people related to artifacts too. There were many people working because of the annual Railroad Days event we were attending. I would recommend this as a stop to make for train fans during this event.
Written 28 June 2021
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Indy-ND
South Bend, IN3,379 contributions
I made a short stop at the museum for some pictures while heading through Galesburg. The main attraction is the 3006 engine, which is impressive. They also have a small assortment of train cars to see, including a Pullman and a caboose. There is another caboose across the street at the Kid's Museum that I walked over to for a couple pictures.
Written 23 September 2020
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DavidS157
Galesburg, IL39 contributions
The museum is limited at this point, but a large expansion is planned with construction beginning in 2020. Once that is complete it will be a major attraction for railroad enthusiasts.
Written 5 March 2020
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Turbo_Todd
Des Moines157 contributions
So, the guide was knowledgeable and helpful, but she wasn't super duper friendly and my 3 year old of course wants to touch everything and that is not allowed. You could play with quite a few things, but not everything and almost nothing inside. So don't do the inside museum with little ones. You also can't take pictures inside, which was super disappointing, lots of displays, but can't capture any of it. Overall this was a good 1 hour stop on our way home, I've been to better train museums, and the outside cars are a little run down. Not a bad stop, but you don't need more than an hour.
Written 12 August 2019
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forbesfield245
Abingdon, Illinois51 contributions
This is a very nice smaller museum with a very knowledgeable staff. The highlight of the museum is the tour of the old steam engine. One of six of it's kind. It is in great shape and your tour through it will be enlightening as the restof the Museum is.
Written 8 August 2019
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Jackie H
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Family
The museum was interesting and very educational. train tour was really good , gave you a real feel of train life. Overall very good. But the woman selling tickets was on an immigration soap box comparing immigrants from 150 years ago to today, Not interested in your commentary not the time or the place keep it to yourself.
Written 29 May 2019
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Mark S
Prescott118 contributions
Solo
Was a very good tour, brought back memories when I saw the little chick boxes, I had not seen them in over 60 yrs.
Written 27 August 2018
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Dean K
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Friends
Excellent museum and guides were so well versed
You can tell they loved their previous railroad jobs and enjoyed sharing their knowledge
Written 15 August 2018
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