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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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awesome history

these trains share the best history of the train industry they have everything including dinner on a train.

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 16, 2015
Mitchell K
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English first
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16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

these trains share the best history of the train industry they have everything including dinner on a train.

Thank Mitchell K
Indianapolis, Indiana
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28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

IRM has one of the most extensive collections of railroad and trolley items in the Midwest. Just about an hour west of Chicago, this jewel of a museum is a must for any fan of trains. Trolleys operate around a circle in the museum, making it easy to get to different exhibit halls. There's a 5 mile "mainline" where they... More 

Thank Phil S
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55 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

We had a fantastic time, spending all day riding trains, exploring the exhibits. So many things to see and do! Staff very friendly and helpful. At night beautiful to see things lit up. Thoroughly enjoyed every minute and would go back again! A wonderful way to spend the day with friends and family!

Thank Cat B
north america
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22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

Nice place to see old trains and street cars.Many from the CTA in Chicago. Lots of old locomotives.A few buses too. You can even get a ride on an old train or trolley.

Thank sobore
South Barrington, Illinois
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107 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

I have been going to the Illinois Railway Museum since the early 90's and is one of my favorite places to go annually. I regularly take out of town tourists here and they are always pleased with their visit. Extremely dedicated staff and a great variety of trains. Much larger that one would originally guess. I love trains and riding... More 

Peru, Illinois
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245 reviews
150 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

This was my second visit to this amazing place. It was the museum showcase weekend so there was a lot going on. Many of the buses, streetcars, plus a few trains were active. Most notable ones active included the Nebraska Zephyr and the Frisco steam locomotive plus some diesel locomotives and electric ones at all. There was so many items... More 

Thank John W
Palatine, Illinois
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

I went there with my friends and family, with the mental state of being like a little boy. Thought I would see a bunch of trains and that would be fun. Boy, was I wrong. The detail of the place ranks with something out of Disney. Old train crossing signals, the amount of craftsmanship, and explantion was mind blowing. I... More 

Thank Briantheriverrat
Albion, Rhode Island
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99 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

Much larger than I expected. Most of the tourists quickly walk through the train barns, ride on the "demonstration railway", then leave. But, there's much more to see and learn. Each of the locomotives and cars on display has a placard detailing the history and purpose of that particular item. It takes time to read these but the descriptions add... More 

Chicago, Illinois
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34 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 via mobile

My family visited the Railway Museum for a Day Out with Thomas. We didn't purchase tickets in advance so we had to wait in a semi long line to get in and see what times were available to ride Thomas and Percy. I recommend doing this online next time to save time and also getting tickets for both at a... More 

Thank Laura R
Tamworth, United Kingdom
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430 reviews
258 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 827 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Went up there for the Annual Thomas and Friends Event. The organization was dire. Whether that is the company that runs Thomas or the museum; the museum should still be exacting higher standards. If you are British and ever saw Phoenix Nights attempt at a family day for the grand re-opening this is how this place seemed. Cheap, poor value... More 

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