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Illinois Railway Museum

7000 Olson Rd, Union, IL 60180-9628
+1 815-923-4391
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If you love Trains, you must go

This museum is one of the best we've ever seen. It can take you all day to make your way around the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Sydney, Australia
Thomas the train

Loved the Illinois Railway Museum. Rode the streetcars. Thomas and Percy were visiting the museum... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Mike & Linda V
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The Illinois Railway Museum is the largest museum of its kind in America. Ride historic trains on the museum's five-mile demonstration railroad. See giant steam locomotives, powerful diesels and elegant electric cars on display and in operation. Enjoy educational displays, a train-themed playground for children, and immersive exhibits. Bring a picnic or dine at the Central Avenue Diner. The museum's collection includes such highlights as the "Nebraska Zephyr" streamliner, featured in the movie "A League of Their Own;" the 1941 "Electroliner" train which helped inspire Japan's famous Bullet trains; the last surviving "Green Hornet" streetcar from Chicago; and a 1918 steam locomotive originally built for export to Imperial Russia.
  • Excellent69%
  • Very good21%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 10:30 - 16:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
7000 Olson Rd, Union, IL 60180-9628
+1 815-923-4391
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This museum is one of the best we've ever seen. It can take you all day to make your way around the huge site to see all the trains that are on exhibit. There are literally hundreds of trains to see, ranging from small manually...More

Thank norma_gordon
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Loved the Illinois Railway Museum. Rode the streetcars. Thomas and Percy were visiting the museum and we road them also. Great playground and other activities beside all the trains in the museum. A great layed back vibe makes it great for kids. Plenty of help...More

Thank Mike & Linda V
Reviewed 1 week ago

The display of trains was impressive and the stories were interesting for adults or train enthusiasts. Young kids would find this segment a bit boring. The rides on Thomas and Percy were a bit pricey however it must be expensive to maintain these old trains...More

1  Thank Tracy E
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Following taking our photo with Thomas, we (me, wife, daughter & grandparents) walked to get onto the train. Me and grandfather walked with daughter while wife & Mom walked ahead and got on the train. No kidding here....they closed the entrance at 1:29pm and wouldn't...More

2  Thank Tony6265
Reviewed 1 week ago

Well it was an interesting place to go see retired trains and their carts that are retired. I was also amazed since I come from Chicago and they still had early street cars operating before I was around as well as the Chicago Trolleys operating...More

Thank Art J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We are biased because we are a train family. We do get a family membership. My son (9) and I are enthusiasts for sure. My wife and daughter (7) enjoy it once or twice per year but not as much. My son and I can...More

1  Thank Brian M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is a great museum to visit for all those passionate about the trains. Well, I am not one of them, but I have to admit that I truly enjoyed it! I think the best part was a 35-38 minutes ride on trolley. When I...More

Thank Raficus
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The day we went they were having a reenacting of the civil war. The train ride around is very interesting and loads of fun for kids. There are several different parts to the huge train museum. I really enjoyed the only one we had time...More

Thank marsha7377
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Brought our 9 year old rail fan here Huge museum Indoor and outdoor exhibits Wouldn't recommend during bad weather There's a lot of waking A lot to see and do There is a lot of history here Would definitely return

Thank lmcclain
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've been to a couple train museums and this one is amazing! The quality of their exhibits, the multiple train rides that are offered, excellent displays, friendly staff and beautiful grounds make this a destination for those who love trains!

Thank Scott34hrdelay
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Najwa A
22 July 2017|
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Response from Pamela R | Reviewed this property |
The "big trains" are running on week days if the day falls on a major holiday such as Memorial day, 4th of July and Labor day.
13 May 2017|
Response from Ofamily2014 | Reviewed this property |
For schedules call 800 big rail :)
9 May 2017|
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Response from Pamela R | Reviewed this property |
You can participate in any ride with your paid admission.