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Kankakee Railroad Museum

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Address: 197 S East Ave, Kankakee, IL 60901-3834
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If you are interested in trains, both model and real, this is an excellent visit.

One can visit the indoor model train layouts. Featuring O, HO, and N gauge, Plus the opportunity to purchase HO gauge rolling stock lettered and labeled advertising original... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Germantown Hills, Illinois
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Germantown Hills, Illinois
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Reviewed 1 week ago

One can visit the indoor model train layouts. Featuring O, HO, and N gauge, Plus the opportunity to purchase HO gauge rolling stock lettered and labeled advertising original Kankakee Companies. Afterwards, be sure to take the tour through the passenger / Dinning car, the overnighter Caboose, and the trolly car which was resurrected for a long life as a shed.... More 

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Vista, California
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

I was disappointed it was closed during the week, when i was in town. I looked through the windows, it appeared pretty small, it's attached to the actual train station.

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Kanakakee
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 5 January 2017

If your looking for a place to have a celebration, a wedding reception, graduation, etc...you won't be disappointed. There is plenty of unique scenery for pictures, with old and newer train cars, walk along the railroad tracks or take a tour of the museum. The reception room we were in, had plenty of seating inside and bistro style tables outside.... More 

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Bourbonnais
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47 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2016

Great place for kids and adults like me who loved trains all my life. I think it is a donation entry with a lot to see and several model trains running. There are a couple real train cars there to go through. Really nice place. Something this community is not nearly proud enough of having available.

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Springfield, Illinois
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4 reviews
Reviewed 13 September 2016

Thanks for the museum. Loved what is there and hope to come back and see more exhibits in the future. definitely nice for a side trip.

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Kankakee, Illinois
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58 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 29 July 2016

went to visit the museum when we first moved here, and it was a nice looking section of the train and nice looking inside

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Frankfort, Indiana
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Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

Nice small train museum. Has small indoor trains as well as pullman and caboose outside. A small donation of 2 dollars for adults as this is solely funded by the friends. All help is volunteer. Be sure to check to make sure there open, so you can get the full enjoyment of the museum.

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Kankakee, Illinois
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Reviewed 8 February 2016

These restored train cars are enjoyable to stroll thru. There is also a model train display that runs inside the Museum. The ticket office is still operational. Be sure to call ahead in that the station is run by volunteers and not open all the time. The City of New Orleans and the Green Diamond are just a few of... More 

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9 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 12 January 2016 via mobile

Make sure to call ahead. This is a very small museum run by volunteers. Lots of interesting history and run by very knowledgable and passionate historians. Can't wait to take our little train enthusiast back to see this. They also have quite a toy train collection and set up.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Reviewed 28 September 2015

As the song says " the train pulls out of Kankakee......the Spirit of New Orleans ". Amtrak still runs 6 trains thru here daily. The museum is packed with incredible information, well kept, and has a wonderful volunteer staff. Definitely worth a visit, even for non-train buffs.

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