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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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10:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Great train museum

What a great place to visit and well worth the money. Great place if you are a train buff and lots to do even if you are not.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 20, 2015
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Altoona, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015 via mobile

What a great place to visit and well worth the money. Great place if you are a train buff and lots to do even if you are not.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

We stopped by as they were getting close to closing, but they still let us go in and have a look around. It was pretty neat, lots of trains, and a lot bigger than I was expecting. I'm not a huge train guy, but we had a good time going through and looking at some of the different kinds, and... More 

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Lake in the Hills, Illinois
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17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

We took our son (2yrs old at the time) to the Illinois Railway Museum for the "Day out with Thomas". It was a bit pricey but there was so much more to do then we expected! Our son still talks about when we went and we can't wait to go again this year for the Thomas the Train event!

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

If you are a train buff or know someone who is, this is the place for you. The grounds are spacious, and if the Museum is not open you can walk around. When the Museum is operating it is a suburb place to watch train go by and ride them.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

I would call the Illinois Railway Museum a history attraction that is worth a return trip periodically. We've been there four times to date (the last was in the fall 2014). After reading recent reviews by others, I see it is time to go back and check out the display of old railroad china. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring... More 

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Cary, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

At least once a year we enjoy our visit to the IRM. The four grandkids range in age from 9 to 14. The 9 year-old is a girl, and she enjoys it too. Our favorite is Steam Days, and a ride on the cars towed by the steam locomotive. You're always in among the action at the IRR, as trains... More 

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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
6 attraction 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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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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Additional Information about Illinois Railway Museum

Address: 7000 Olson Road, Union, IL 60180
Phone Number: (815) 923-4391
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Union
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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