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Illinois Railway Museum

7000 Olson Rd, Union, IL 60180-9628
+1 815-923-4391
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A Great Train open air museum

You'll do a lot of walking, but this is where the trains are... lots of them. Be sure to take the... read more

Reviewed 9 March 2018
PhotoPhritz
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Huntley, Illinois
Good if your kids love trains

Our kids love trains. It's worth it to go because they have quite a few warehouses filled with... read more

Reviewed 22 January 2018
Ysa F
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London, United Kingdom
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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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  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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7000 Olson Rd, Union, IL 60180-9628
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+1 815-923-4391
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Reviewed 9 March 2018

You'll do a lot of walking, but this is where the trains are... lots of them. Be sure to take the train that travels East for quite awhile, before it reverses & comes back to the museum.

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Reviewed 22 January 2018

Our kids love trains. It's worth it to go because they have quite a few warehouses filled with trains. There is also a warehouse of buses, but we were unable to visit it. They do have a little bit of information about the trains, and...More

Thank Ysa F
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Reviewed 27 December 2017

great place to visit. people very nice and helpful. we had a great time. train rides were alot of fun and kids enjoyed themselves.

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Reviewed 17 December 2017

We took the Happy Holiday Train ride Saturday night 6:00 P.M. Everything was nice, but I would definitely say that it would have been much nicer during the day when it is still light outside. At night, there is nothing to see outside the windows....More

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Reviewed 4 December 2017

We took our grandkids for a ride on the Happy Holiday Railway this afternoon. The girls are 8 and 5-1/2 and they loved it. The Christmas decorations were wonderful and they even had a fabulous guy playing Christmas song requests! The atmosphere there spoke of...More

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Reviewed 4 December 2017 via mobile

Took the 4pm December 3rd Holiday Train. The first thing we noticed is the Museum is definitely undergoing a welcome modernization with a new Ticket/Gift shop. It appears other new buildings are being planned. The ride started as scheduled. The train was decorated on the...More

Thank Walter P
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Reviewed 25 November 2017

We did a whirl wind tour of ILL., we visited three train museums and this was the best spent 1/2 day but if you have kids I would make a full day of it. Rode an electric trolley I would do that first as it...More

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Reviewed 12 November 2017 via mobile

This review is for Day Out With Thomas and Friends held here. The event was great, tons of activities for kids! The Museum itself could use a little help. It has some awesome items but a lot of the areas are dilapidated. The clowns looked...More

Thank Deonna2
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Reviewed 24 October 2017

I had a groupon to use, so we finally made our way to the Railway museum. They did a good job of signage - every time I started to wonder if we were still going the right way, there was another sign. I'd checked the...More

Thank Eureecka
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Reviewed 12 October 2017

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
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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.
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JGPfromPA
13 May 2017|
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Response from Ofamily2014 | Reviewed this property |
For schedules call 800 big rail :)
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JGPfromPA
9 May 2017|
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Response from Pamela R | Reviewed this property |
You can participate in any ride with your paid admission.
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