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Illinois Railway Museum

7000 Olson Rd, Union, IL 60180-9628
+1 815-923-4391
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Top notch museum, fun for everyone!

My wife and I visited the museum in conjunction with the C&NWHS Meet in Rockford, Illinois. We were... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Once you can see in the barns, it'll be worth the trip.

Until the end of May you can get in free on weekdays, but there's only a dozen or so engines to see... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Crystal Lake, Illinois
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7000 Olson Rd, Union, IL 60180-9628
+1 815-923-4391
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Reviewed yesterday

My wife and I visited the museum in conjunction with the C&NWHS Meet in Rockford, Illinois. We were greeted with all the Chicago and North Western items in their collection out and about. There is a down and back train ride, with fully functioning antique...More

Thank FrostySVT
Reviewed 3 days ago

Until the end of May you can get in free on weekdays, but there's only a dozen or so engines to see along with their cars. The barns aren't open until Memorial day weekend. Then it's 10.00 per adult to get in. They also have...More

1  Thank lcrib
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As a train buff, I always like coming here. This time is no different. It is an impressive attraction, as this museum is mostly run by volunteers. Usually you can ride on an old train or trolley from May through September on weekends and some...More

Thank Ofamily2014
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

By chance we noticed online that the museum gave rides on Sundays only in April, so we headed over there on Easter Sunday. It was quiet, but the volunteers still turned up and got their electric tram running which was fun. It was a 5...More

Thank Mandy K
Reviewed 18 March 2017

See the Largest Vintage railroad available for riding as well as viewing for the whole family. Spend a day in Union at the IL RR Museum and you will never forget the experience. Volunteers acquire and rebuild the trains right on the property. They also...More

Thank Pamela R
Reviewed 19 February 2017

I've been visiting the Illinois Railway Museum for years now. If you love trains, like I do, this place is paradise. There are nine 'barns' full of various engines and cars. One of my favorites is Barn 9, which houses the steam locomotives. I love...More

Thank tks617
Reviewed 15 February 2017

A terrific place to take the kids. Reasonable admission fee, easy free parking. The train rides are awesome for young and old. Great memories come back for the seniors and are fun and a learning experience for the kids.

Thank Ken C
Reviewed 18 January 2017

My family and I have been sustaining family members of Illinois Railway Museum (IRM) (irm.org) for many years. I am a 'steam head' (a person who revels in the sights, smells and thrills of riding the rails on and helping others learn about the 'old...More

Thank Bruce M
Reviewed 2 December 2016

I visited this place during my visit to chicago. A must visit place for rail road fans and enthusiast. Reaching there was a bit challenging from chicago but we managed well and had good experience.

Thank Chetan1087
Reviewed 1 December 2016

I visited this place from Chicago city and it was worth going there. Very well preserved rail engines and coaches. It was overall very nice experience. Reaching there was a bit different from usual as we went by train from Chicago to Woodstock and then...More

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Now, am I to understand that the trolley that runs around the perimeter of the buildings and the "Trolley Bus" rides that the website lists in the schedule, mostly on select Saturdays, are two separate things? Or does the perimeter trolley only run on weekends? We will be going on a weekday in June.
13 May 2017|
Response from Ofamily2014 | Reviewed this property |
For schedules call 800 big rail :)
After paying admission, can we ride the trolley and train as many times as we want in the day, or is it pay-per-ride after paying admission?
8 May 2017|
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Response from Bruce M | Reviewed this property |
There is no additional fee once you pay an entry fee. The only exceptions are during Thomas weekends(the kids might enjoy this very crowded attraction) and other special events. Food may be purchased in our Diner. For... More
Daniel Q
Hello!! My name is Daniel work on the railroad more precisely in the Sarmiento railway Buenos Aires Argentina .. work with locomotives quisas you know GR 12, GT 22, AG8, G12 these are some of the locomotives have a plaque that reads The Grang Ilinois the point is I wanted to know if they had any of these locomotives in the museum and if they could give me a photo and I give them some pictures of these wonderful machines that even today still in service ... from already thank you very much and greetings from Argentina
22 March 2016|
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Response from jrmaurer |
Hi Daniel, The locomotive models you mentioned were made by the Electro Motive Division of General Motors at the plant in La Grange, Illinois. That plant no longer makes locomotives. The Illinois Railway Museum does have... More