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Illinois Railway Museum, Union

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  • If you have younger kids and a nice day, this place is great for train rides and to walk through the barns full of trains and cars. We have been to one other train museum, which had more education mat...  more »
  • This is train heaven. If you don't want to ride a steam pulled train for the pure joy of an iron horse pulling your DON'T GO. If you don't squeal with excitement about riding on an inter urban electri...  more »
  • After paying the fee to get in you are told you can ride the trains as many times as you want. What they don't tell you is that it takes forever to get on the train. We were told that the train will b...  more »
  • Free parking. Plenty of space for kids to roam. Train rides included in the ticket price. Nice electrical car, can be used as a shuttle. Enough trains in the barns to keep you busy for a while. Pizza was not good and $5 for a reheated cheese only slice is too much... A whole pizza is $30+ which could be acceptable only for a freshly baked one with 3+ toppings... on the other hand ice cream was only a buck and there was A/C which is big relief in the hot weather...
  • If you're a train enthusiast I'm sure this place is great. If you're just curious it might not be worth the visit. Could be greatly improved if there were more/more engaging information on what you're actually looking at. I personally was interested in the technical aspects and evolution of trains and the reasons why, but wasn't able to learn much. Mostly it's just "this is the x train, which ran on y line during z time span". Though on the other hand the staff are quite willing to share stories if you ask.
  • Lots of things to look at but a lot of the trains are not open to walk through or enjoy. Could use some guided tours or general direction, just seems like a free for all a bit. There is plenty to see however and the train rides are neat but would be better if they made a loop rather than just going a mile and backing up to the same point.
  • We went during Memorial day weekend and it was awesome. They had all the trains running and our toddler loved riding them. If you love trains there is so much to look at but it's a great place to even if you don't know a lot about trains
  • Like most train museums the trains are skeletal. These machines of history deserve more. Ones inside are nice but tight and hot in the barns. Wish they cared for history of them more and not bout the bucks they can bring in.