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Illinois Railway Museum

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Address: 7000 Olson Road, Union, IL 60180
Phone Number: (815) 923-4391
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Mon - Fri 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Less then a hour from Ohare

New for this year was a display of old railroad china and a photo display of Chicago's Union station. Was told more to come by end of season they were waiting on weather to weld

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 via mobile

New for this year was a display of old railroad china and a photo display of Chicago's Union station. Was told more to come by end of season they were waiting on weather to weld

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Mundelein, Illinois
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

I heard that IRM was going to have a display of dining car china this year so I went out there to see if it was open. I was in luck there was a preview going on. I figured there be a couple of plates with a lot of space in between. Was I surprised! There was over 200 pieces... More 

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Rockford Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I am a lifelong railfan. IRM has an extremely comprehensive collection of steam, diesel and electric railroad engines. Some equipment is kept in huge barns, while other gems on the storage tracks. The restoration shops are generally open to watch work on rolling stock and engines. IRM has a great collection of interurban cars. Also, There are many electric buses.... More 

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Crystal Lake, Illinois, United States
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43 reviews 43 reviews
11 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

We visited about two years ago during a busier season. This time, while quieter, was just as charming. Only two trains were running this day, but we still filled the afternoon with lots of exploration through the barns housing everything from horse pulled carts to enormous steam giants. This weekend in particular they had trick-or-treats at the end of the... More 

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Joliet, IL USA
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37 reviews 37 reviews
8 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

I guess we were both a bit disappointed after reading a number of reviews touting all the cool things to do and see here. True, there are a lot of trains, but most of them are only visible from the exterior and are in various stages of restoration (or decay, depending on how you look at it)., Unfortunately, the interiors... More 

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Huntley, Illinois
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

This is a such a great place to visit with family. Even though we have been here several times over the years, we always enjoy seeing all the trains. My favorites are the ones where you can walk through and see how train travel has changed over the years. If you visit during the Thomas days or when they have... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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54 reviews 54 reviews
13 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

One very reasonable entry fee gets you on everything they have running that day. Ride in a caboose or a lounge car from the railroads hay day. Lots of static displays and running street cars to see and ride. Ride and learn about the equipment you're on. Steam and Diesel. Old and also almost new equip. Remember it is a... More 

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Niagara Falls, New York
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

All the positive reviews are correct. I want to add a couple of nuances: We are "mobility challenged" to some extent. So we appreciated the old-time trolley car that runs around the extensive property - you can get off, visit the various storage sheds and then you can catch another trolley and move on to another amazing shed. The other... More 

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Peru, Illinois
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151 reviews 151 reviews
90 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Ive heard of this place before but never visited until now. Signs are well marked so you wont get lost. Lots of locomotives, electric, streetcars, railcars, and anything that you would find on a railroad, they had a old electric streetcar from Chicago running the day of our visit and it was very nicely restored. My Great Grandpa Walsh operated... More 

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Chicago
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38 reviews 38 reviews
8 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We were going apple picking with our grandson and children and stumbled across the museum. Our 2 year old grandson LOVES trains. He was in utter bliss. They have an amazing collection of trains. Quite enjoyable. Want to return.

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