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Illinois Railway Museum Union

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Illinois Railway Museum
7000 Olson Road
Union
IL
60180
Tel: 815 923 4000

Where are we going today?

The Illinois Railway Museum, as you see it today, is the result of decades of effort by a dynamic group of dedicated volunteers. All of the buildings, track, locomotives and cars were assembled here at Union on what was once farmland. We welcome all to our Museum and encourage you to join in our education, restoration and preservation efforts. Only one prerequisite is recommended, a sincere interest in some aspect of railroading.
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    This place is a must to see, tour and have lunch. We took our 2 grandsons from Boston and they were in heaven. Our boys are big train buffs and I do believe they could have stayed there all night. Thank you for all you have preserved for us.

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    Amazing! Beautiful engines preserved for future generations.

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    We took 5 kids, and 5 cousins (ages 2 to 14) to the museum on July 5th. It was a great time, and all of the kids had an excellent time! We all thought that Barn 9 was the coolest! It was amazing to us to see such history. I hope to make some charitable contributions to this organization in the future, as it is well worth preserving!

    Downside: The restaurant/diner was not as easy as thought. I know they are working hard in there, but should be more prepared to have enough food prepared for lunchtime.

    OVERALL: would definitely come back!

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    This place is awesome. They have hundreds of trains, trams, trolleys. Old Chicago buses and cta trains. You can take a tram or train ride here. Awesome place to spend a weekend day.

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    This is the largest RR Museum in the Midwest and by far a great cause. Really cool to see the streetcars and large locomotives. The day out with Thomas is a blast for the kids!

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