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Illinois Railway Museum, Union

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#21 of 103 in Museums in Illinois
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  • The great grandkids came ...a girl and boy...got to keep them both busy and happy. It was a beautiful day to be outside so off we went. They both enjoyed the old and more modern trains. The train ride...  more »
  • Went there specifically to see The Milwaukee Road steam engine 265 "Old Smokey", the very engine my uncle worked on after his return from WWII. As the son, grandson, and nephew of Railroad Men I truly...  more »
  • Train ride for 30 minutes was the highlight of the trip. Far out in the country and no air conditioned buildings. Difficult to look into cars on display. Cost is reasonable and if you go to Wild West ...  more »
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  • I had a great time here with my 2-year-old son. Highlights included the train-themed playground, the one-mile streetcar ride, the 35 minute ride on the diesel powered train and all the cool engines in Barn #9. All that was included in the base admission, and children 3 and under were free! We didn't eat at the diner, but it didn't look like anything special. I'd recommend packing a lunch and eating and one of their many picnic tables.
  • This place is nice, I'm glad this kind of place exists. My only gripe is I wish a lot of the other stuff they have there was accessible. There are a lot of train cars here and we've been going now almost yearly and it's always the same stuff. What you see and can touch is only a small fraction of what is actually on the yard. I'm sure it's got something to do with getting cars ready for display or making them safe to be around. But I still wish there was more that could be accessed. Still love this place and I'd like to one day volunteer.
  • 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.

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