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Illinois Railway Museum

Closed Now: 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Open today: 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Visited here on a Sunday Afternoon. It waa not crowded at all! We were able to take our times... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Kelsey W
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Located in northwest Illinois above Chicago, the IRM is absolutely worth the drive (6.5 hours for... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Jason C
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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...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
7000 Olson Rd, Union, IL 60180-9628
+1 815-923-4391
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Visited here on a Sunday Afternoon. It waa not crowded at all! We were able to take our times through each exhibit. The train ride was very gun and informative. My 4-year-old loved it! Our favorite experience was walking through some of the trains and...More

Thank Kelsey W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Located in northwest Illinois above Chicago, the IRM is absolutely worth the drive (6.5 hours for us). Dedicated to preserving the history of the Railroad Age, this museum has the most active, working rolling stock I've ever seen in one place, and many more locomotives...More

Thank Jason C
Reviewed 9 September 2018

Living in England, I’d been planning to visit IRM for a while and ended up here on the day after Labor Day 2018... just as half the site had been flooded by storms! Despite this and no trains being able to run, we were delighted...More

1  Thank Jonathan S
Reviewed 6 September 2018

We went on a bad weekend - the place was half flooded by rain. It was over Labor Day and the volunteers went the extra mile to still run the trains. Got to ride both a steam train and the Nebraska Zephyr. We ran out...More

Thank James W
Reviewed 29 August 2018 via mobile

I believe IRM is the largest railroad museum in the US so you can find just about anything here! We came on Members Weekend I believe it was September 2017. They had all kinds of interesting equipment running. I finally got to ride the Nebraska...More

Thank rhdorrell
Reviewed 28 August 2018

Kids of all ages and nearly any level of interest in trains can have a great time here. This is at least one of, if not THE largest historical railroad collections in the US. The museum is well funded, so prices are moderate and for...More

Thank blw_at_longwood
Reviewed 24 August 2018

I recently spent the better part of a day at this facility. It was very fascinating, as it contained not just railroad engines, but a wide variety of other types of railroad cars, along with trolley type cars, and identification placks containing information about the...More

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Reviewed 14 August 2018 via mobile

I bought a Groupon for my family for the weekend, but then I discovered that I couldn’t use my Groupon because it was a “special weekend”. I asked the guy at the ticket counter if I could pay the difference. He said that there was...More

1  Thank Tracy H
Reviewed 7 August 2018

Amazing displays, train rides, history, etc. Well worth the price for all the family. Fun restaurant also. Nice gift shop.

Thank rayheck6
Reviewed 6 August 2018

We spent the day here and had the opportunity to see up close many trains, trams, electric trains, diesel trains, steam trains. The museum is clean and well signposted. It is nice to see the old trolley cars and trains running. We had a trip...More

1  Thank heatherquick
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Najwa A
22 July 2017|
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Response from Scott34hrdelay | Reviewed this property |
The Electric trains run during the week. If you visit the website it has detailed information including which specific trains will be operating each day.
14 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.