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Illinois Railway Museum, Union

(4.4/5 based on 180+ reviews on the web)
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  • My family and I have been sustaining family members of Illinois Railway Museum (IRM) (irm.org) for many years. I am a 'steam head' (a person who revels in the sights, smells and thrills of riding the ...  more »
  • I visited this place during my visit to chicago. A must visit place for rail road fans and enthusiast. Reaching there was a bit challenging from chicago but we managed well and had good experience. 
  • I visited this place from Chicago city and it was worth going there. Very well preserved rail engines and coaches. It was overall very nice experience. Reaching there was a bit different from usual as...  more »
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  • 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.