Trip Planner:   USA  /  Illinois  /  Union  /  Museums  /  Illinois Railway Museum
Illinois Railway Museum, Union
(4.4/5 based on 180+ reviews on the web)
Illinois Railway Museum is located in Union. Put Illinois Railway Museum and other Union attractions into our Union vacation route planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
Create a full Union itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Union

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • 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...  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...  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...  more »
Google
  • 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.
  • So rich in history, guided by people who truly love what they are doing. Fascinating things to see and do. Reasonably priced.
  • The best train museum !!! My family and me visit several times a year, outdoor activity, so check weather before your visit.
  • This place is for any of those Train enthusiasts! It is very cheap to get in, and once you are in, you get the special opportunity to ride in the trains and trolleys that are currently being used that day for no additional cost! Also, there are many large barns that you can enter to see everything from the tiny horse drawn cars, to the HUGE steam locomotives! The I.R.M. is definitely a great, affordable place to bring family and friends! It offers so much for the eyes to see!
  • Illinois Railway Museum a must for any railfan. The museum operates streetcar/interurban as well as full scale passenger trains. Has operating diesel and steam engine. Check schedule on website for when the steam engine is in operation. There are static displays of many unusual and rare locomotives. Please visit or donate to the museum though a membership. The funds go to restoration projects to keep history alive.