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Monticello Railway Museum, Monticello

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  • For a small town Museum, the Monticello Railway Museum packs a lot into a small space. In two hours or less you can get a look at railroading in central Illinois for the last 150 years. Monticello, as...  more »
  • I went to participate in "Throttle Time". On the last 2 days of their regular season, they don't run regular trains, but just do what they call Throttle Time. This is where you get to operate the trai...  more »
  • I'm 62, and when my 47 y/o nephew found out that I had never been on a train, he insisted I visit him the weekend the steam engine was running. What a wonderful day we had!! It wasn't a long trip, but...  more »
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  • This place is delightful. There are many cars to walk through, rides available (we weren't able to ride due to time constraints, but plan to return and do so), a little shop in the station, and a switch house. The switch house was very interesting, as they have sample switches that aren't hooked up to anything that you can pull and release. We spent a couple of hours exploring, particularly the train shed. They've even got an aquarium car! Since they have cars from different decades, it's fun to go through and see the difference conveniences each offered. It's like walking through little slices of history. I was pleased with the cleanliness of it all, and highly recommend it!
  • Monticello Railway museum is small compared to some but big on information and displays. The museum has several operating diesel locomotives as well as a Steam locomotive. Check the website for the scheduled Steam engine operation. The museum also has several events scheduled throughout the operating season. The most popular of late is the "Polar Express" train in the late fall. Get your tickets early as this train sells out . Railroad Days n September is also a great weekend. Usually the museum operates three trains at once during this weekend. There is also a festival located in downtown Monticello that weekend as well.
  • Our family had a great down there riding the Southern 401. If you are ever down there I recommend you ride the train or visit the museum.
  • Very fun family outing. Price was a little high, but I would imagine the upkeep on the trains is very expensive. $32 or so for family of 4 with 2 small children.
  • Great place to take young kids who like trains! Even if you are a big rail fan, you'll love this place!