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Illinois Railway Museum

7000 Olson Rd, Union, IL 60180-9628
+1 815-923-4391
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Great place

I bought a Groupon for my family for the weekend, but then I discovered that I couldn’t use my... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Tracy H
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Very impressive for both kids and adults!

Amazing displays, train rides, history, etc. Well worth the price for all the family. Fun... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
rayheck6
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Sevierville, Tennessee
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The Illinois Railway Museum is the largest museum of its kind in America. Ride historic trains on the museum's five-mile demonstration railroad. See giant steam locomotives, powerful diesels and elegant electric cars on display and in operation. Enjoy educational displays, a train-themed playground for children, and immersive exhibits. Bring a picnic or dine at the Central Avenue Diner. The museum's collection includes such highlights as the "Nebraska Zephyr" streamliner, featured in the movie "A League of Their Own;" the 1941 "Electroliner" train which helped inspire Japan's famous Bullet trains; the last surviving "Green Hornet" streetcar from Chicago; and a 1918 steam locomotive originally built for export to Imperial Russia.
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  • Very good23%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“love trains” (13 reviews)
“street cars” (13 reviews)
“steam engine” (10 reviews)
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Hours Today: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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7000 Olson Rd, Union, IL 60180-9628
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+1 815-923-4391
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I bought a Groupon for my family for the weekend, but then I discovered that I couldn’t use my Groupon because it was a “special weekend”. I asked the guy at the ticket counter if I could pay the difference. He said that there was...More

Thank Tracy H
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing displays, train rides, history, etc. Well worth the price for all the family. Fun restaurant also. Nice gift shop.

Thank rayheck6
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent the day here and had the opportunity to see up close many trains, trams, electric trains, diesel trains, steam trains. The museum is clean and well signposted. It is nice to see the old trolley cars and trains running. We had a trip...More

Thank heatherquick
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent the whole day here - my resident 3 year old train enthusiast didn't want to leave at 5 pm, he asked to see everything again! The land is nice and flat so it's easy to get around - and you enter in the...More

Thank doodlegirl_stl
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an outdoor museum that has hundreds of old train locomotives and cars. On weekends only, you can ride the trains as much as you want, if they are in operation.. There is also a trolley that circles that grounds and one can get...More

Thank torpdo
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We took 5 kids here ages 13 down to 4. They all had a great time! The train ride was fun for all. The barns had so much to look at and see. There were so many trains to look at. Each barn had something...More

Thank Kristina D
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

One of the best railroad museums around. Awesome options for parents and a great playground on site. With the event they have lots of food vendors to cater to crowds, albeit the same items. Love the street cars and got a nice history oration on...More

Thank lived_there2
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited Fri, July 20, and were disappointed to learn that the "train ride" is only on weekends, just the short trolley runs during the week. All concessions seemed to be closed, probably also a weekend offering. I think this information should be disclosed and...More

1  Thank shanb07
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a great time. There were three adults and two boys ages 13 & 11. We all really enjoyed the trolley ride! The engineer was very knowledgeable. He even let all of the young children pull the cord that blows the whistle. It was...More

Thank Maureen J
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you like streetcars (trollies), you will be in heaven. If you seek more classical trains such as iconic vintage locomotives, cabooses & diesel power, the museum has low stocks of these compared to other railway museums we have visited. Full credit though for providing...More

Thank aussiewanderers
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Najwa A
July 21, 2017|
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Response from Pamela R | Reviewed this property |
The "big trains" are running on week days if the day falls on a major holiday such as Memorial day, 4th of July and Labor day.
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JGPfromPA
May 13, 2017|
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Response from Ofamily2014 | Reviewed this property |
For schedules call 800 big rail :)
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JGPfromPA
May 8, 2017|
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Response from Pamela R | Reviewed this property |
You can participate in any ride with your paid admission.
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