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Illinois Railway Museum, Union

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#21 of 105 in Museums in Illinois
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  • October 2, 2017
    I have been there three times and when I went there a third time and they expanded the museum. I liked the train rides there and the trains that they have. It's a place that I recommend.  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    Very good place hidden in country side. Very well maintained. Staff is so professional that it look like we are not in a museum train but in a real train. Mesmerized by the share size of SanteFe Steam...  more »
  • October 1, 2017
    We got a free family pass and finally got the chance to use it. We spent all day riding the trains and walking around. It was great. Will definitely be coming back.  more »
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  • June 24, 2017
    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.
  • July 10, 2017
    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.
  • May 14, 2017
    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...
  • May 8, 2017
    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.
  • June 14, 2017
    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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