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Illinois Railway Museum

7000 Olson Rd, Union, IL 60180-9628
+1 815-923-4391
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Fun and interesting even without kids

My husband and I spent an afternoon here. Lots of nostalgia. Liked the trains you could go... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sonia L
Union, Illinois
The Day at Railroad Museum

I have been there three times and when I went there a third time and they expanded the museum. I... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Kevin A
Park City, Illinois
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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.
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  • Very good23%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
7000 Olson Rd, Union, IL 60180-9628
+1 815-923-4391
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I spent an afternoon here. Lots of nostalgia. Liked the trains you could go through better than the ones you could only view from the outside, but still interesting. Good photo ops for families so bring your phone/camera.

Thank Sonia L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been there three times and when I went there a third time and they expanded the museum. I liked the train rides there and the trains that they have. It's a place that I recommend.

Thank Kevin A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very good place hidden in country side. Very well maintained. Staff is so professional that it look like we are not in a museum train but in a real train. Mesmerized by the share size of SanteFe Steam Engine. Overall it's very good experience putting...More

Thank Raman11june
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We got a free family pass and finally got the chance to use it. We spent all day riding the trains and walking around. It was great. Will definitely be coming back.

Thank Yvonne D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Mounds of history here. If you're a history buff or a train nut, this is the place for you. Don't miss it.

Thank ne1up4fun
Reviewed 12 September 2017

This museum covers acres and is populated with pretty much everything that moved on rails in the past 100 years. Start with the tower where men threw switches and controlled train movements over vast areas. Move on to the buildings where locomotives and cars from...More

Thank jonthethird
Reviewed 1 September 2017 via mobile

A fantastic way to spend some time. I was transported back in time as I viewed what traveling was like in the past. This place is well maintained and is such a treasure. I really enjoyed the old station. I did not realize I would...More

2  Thank Allan T
Reviewed 20 August 2017

My husband had wanted to visit this museum since seeing it on PBS a few years ago. The place is huge and the trains are very impressive in person. We went on diesel day so had a parade of diesel engines with an informative narration...More

Thank lovelyric08
Reviewed 18 August 2017

Nice collection of historic trains. A large proportion of them still run. Admission to the museum includes rides on all the trains which are running that day. These vary from day-to-day. We went on a day only diesel are running:( They do have days that...More

1  Thank MilwaukeeCraig
Reviewed 17 August 2017

Very interesting place to visit especially if you are a train buff, plenty to do and they even have a weekend dediciated to Thomas the Train which is great for children. Easy to find

Thank Z6106UKlindab
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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.