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Monticello Railway Museum Monticello

Where is it at?

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Monticello Railway Museum
992 Iron Horse Place
Monticello
IL
61856
Tel: 217 762-9011

Directions

The museum is located at 992 Iron Horse Place, which is just near Hwy 72.

Where are we going today?

Choo Choo...we can hear those trains from here! For all those train lovers in the family, the Monticello Railway Museum might just be your thing!

It's an all-volunteer organization, which means that the staff there LOVE what they do, and will always be super happy to help out with anything you want to know - a great learning experience for kids!

The museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and exhibiting all that they find about the fascinating history of railroading and of course, trains. What's great about the museum is their large collection of rail cars that the kids can get right up close to and explore!

From Canadian National trains, to Mississippi Partners, to Wheelers, Boom Cars, to Pile Drivers (we know if you have heard of all of those then this museum definitely is for you!) - they have an incredibly expensive collection of rail cars. 

But what would a museum about trains be, without offering train rides for those super keen conductors in training? The Monticello Railway Museum offers super fun train rides on the weekends, between the months of May and October - regardless of the weather. That's what we like to hear!

The museum also hold a number of special events across the year, which are always fun for the family. Perhaps you want to be the engineer of the train? Then you better make sure you make it down for Throttle Time! You can ride behind their restored 1907 vintage steam locomotive during the 401 in Steam exhibit, and you can do something special for Mom or Dad during the Mother's Day Weekend and Fathers Day Weekend.

And what is July 4 without a fireworks special! Don't forget to check out the Railroad Days events, where you get UNLIMITED rides on their vintage passenger train - how amazing!

Grab those conductor hats, because the Monticello Railway Museum is ready for their new recruits! All aboard!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$10.00
  • Children$6.00 (Ages 2 - 12)
  • Free Under: 2 years old. (with adult fare)
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

Train departures are 4 times a day on the weekend.

May - October

Teachers corner

On certain days of the year they hold "School Days" where students can ride the diesel powered train - pretty cool!.

I'm Hungry!

Why not take some sandwiches or snacks and make a day or it, and enjoy lunch at the museum?.

Healthy Eating!

It's always great to keep water and healthy snacks on you because you never know how long you will be there and we don't want that energy to be wearing out! .

Any Top Tips?

Why not have a birthday party there! Your child's friends might love spending the day with all the cool locomotives and train rides! Send them an email for more information. How fun! .

Doing our bit

The museum are dedicated to collecting and preserving items from locomotive history, so by visiting the museum you are helping them keep the education going for all who visit!.

Need a little extra help?

Before you go, give them a call about any disabilities you may have to see what access there is for you. They'll be happy to help! .

More information

Some events have an additional cost to the train rides. .

What people are saying?

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    I had Throttle Time on 12 June 2010.
    It was a BLAST, both figuratively & literally.
    Driving the Loco, working the controls, whistle & horn blowing.
    Feeling the Loco purr as the power increased to move.

    There is NO way to describe the sensations.

    I would say to anyone, DO IT !!!!!

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    Really enjoyed our trip from depot in downtown Monticello out to the Monticello Railway Museum. It was an afternoon ride with grandma, grandpa, 2 sets of aunts and uncles, and 4 children between the ages of 3 - 6. What a blast! We were able to walk through the whole train, ride in the caboose, and then tour more trains at the museum. After 20 minutes or so at the museum, we boarded the train again for the ride back to downtown Monticello.

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Really enjoyed our trip from depot in downtown Monticello out to the Monticello Railway Museum. It was an afternoon ride with grandma, grandpa, 2 sets of aunts and uncles, and 4 children between the ages of 3 - 6. What a blast! We were able to walk through the whole train, ride in the caboose, and then tour more trains at the museum. After 20 minutes or so at the museum, we boarded the train again for the ride back to downtown Monticello.

If your child is sensitive to loud noises, you may want to sit in a car furthest away from the direction your're headed. For example, there is often a long "backup" run from the depot to the museum with the caboose leading. The horns above the lead car (either the engine or the caboose) are fairly loud as the engineer and brakeman signal at each rail crossing.

The Weather

Saturday

Conditions: Overcast
Temp: 28° F / -2° C
Humidity: 66 %
Wind: SSW - 7 MPH

Sunday

Conditions: Rain
Temp: 36° F / 2° C
Humidity: 81 %
Wind: S - 19 MPH

Monday

Conditions: Partly Cloudy
Temp: 30° F / -1° C
Humidity: 86 %
Wind: W - 10 MPH

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