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Illinois Railway Museum, Union

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Inspirock Rating:
4.4/5 based on 180+ reviews on the web
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  • Our group of six from Vermont visited the Museum on a Saturday in September. Weather and temperatures were pleasant. The grounds and buildings were well maintained. Most of the trains and equipment ha...  read more »
  • I had DREAMED of coming to this place for many years. I am a large rail fan and when I heard a business trip would drop me a little more than one hour away I jumped at the opportunity to visit. I re-a...  read more »
  • I've visited IRM twice now, as part of a group. The collection of railway equipment is extensive, their use of that same equipment is more than many railway places, and they actively are restoring and...  read more »
  • Went on a weekend where there was a "bonus" classic car show and the week before a Thomas & Friends weekend when I'm sure it was packed. Was a perfect ~2 hour museum for my 2.5 year old train lover. Lots of barns with rows and rows of rail cars including some that you could enter, trolleys to ride in a loop around the site, and a running steam engine pulling passenger cars. The entry ticket includes unlimited rides on the train so there's no hassle of tickets. Food is available on site but is mediocre at best. Hot dog & pretzel carnival type food. I won't take off a star, though, because they allow outside food in (just not in buildings or on trains) and there's plenty of room to bring your own picnic.
  • The ALCo RSD-15 GBW Alligator and newest RSD-5 CNW are pure locomotive heaven. Jamie and team really put on a fabulous Diesel Day Saturday and Sunday shows. Fun stuff for entire family. Bookstore and restaurant are valuable, too.
  • Great place for all ages. Wonderful work done on revival of old train cars. Would be nice if more trains were able to be walked through.
  • This is the end all for railroad history. This museum has a collection that contains one of everything seemingly. This museum is focused on preservation and restoration with a very strong operating side as well. This is a place you should consider going. It's the equivalent of railroad meca.
  • A really cool train museum! Being able to take a ride on an old steamer will make anyone's day. They also have quite a collection of busses and street cars. Also a lot of cars from the NY and Chicago metro lines. Worth the trip out!
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