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Illinois Railway Museum

Opens in 29 min: 10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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Largest railroad museum in the United States

Union, Illinois, is 55 miles northwest of Chicago, north of I-90, east of Marengo, east of Highway... read more

Reviewed November 13, 2018
Taylor B
Chicago, Illinois

Visited here on a Sunday Afternoon. It waa not crowded at all! We were able to take our times... read more

Reviewed October 14, 2018
Downers Grove, Illinois
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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...more
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Hours Today: 10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
7000 Olson Rd, Union, IL 60180-9628
+1 815-923-4391
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Reviewed November 13, 2018

Union, Illinois, is 55 miles northwest of Chicago, north of I-90, east of Marengo, east of Highway 20, west of Huntley. It is the home of the Illinois Railway Museum, the largest railroad museum in the United States, and it is worth the trip. Located...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Taylor B
Reviewed October 14, 2018 via mobile

Visited here on a Sunday Afternoon. It waa not crowded at all! We were able to take our times through each exhibit. The train ride was very gun and informative. My 4-year-old loved it! Our favorite experience was walking through some of the trains and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed September 17, 2018

Located in northwest Illinois above Chicago, the IRM is absolutely worth the drive (6.5 hours for us). Dedicated to preserving the history of the Railroad Age, this museum has the most active, working rolling stock I've ever seen in one place, and many more locomotives...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 8, 2018

Living in England, I’d been planning to visit IRM for a while and ended up here on the day after Labor Day 2018... just as half the site had been flooded by storms! Despite this and no trains being able to run, we were delighted...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Jon_X350
Reviewed September 5, 2018

We went on a bad weekend - the place was half flooded by rain. It was over Labor Day and the volunteers went the extra mile to still run the trains. Got to ride both a steam train and the Nebraska Zephyr. We ran out...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank JamesW367
Reviewed August 28, 2018 via mobile

I believe IRM is the largest railroad museum in the US so you can find just about anything here! We came on Members Weekend I believe it was September 2017. They had all kinds of interesting equipment running. I finally got to ride the Nebraska...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank rhdorrell
Reviewed August 27, 2018

Kids of all ages and nearly any level of interest in trains can have a great time here. This is at least one of, if not THE largest historical railroad collections in the US. The museum is well funded, so prices are moderate and for...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank blw_at_longwood
Reviewed August 23, 2018

I recently spent the better part of a day at this facility. It was very fascinating, as it contained not just railroad engines, but a wide variety of other types of railroad cars, along with trolley type cars, and identification placks containing information about the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 13, 2018 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

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Tracy H
Reviewed August 6, 2018

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

Date of experience: July 2018
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randy k
January 21, 2019|
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Response from blw_at_longwood | Reviewed this property |
> They have 45 Diesel locomotives listed in their roster. Do they actually have that many on hand? There really are that many on the property. It is definitely bigger in scale than other museums. However, probably only a... More
Najwa A
July 21, 2017|
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Response from Scott34hrdelay | Reviewed this property |
The Electric trains run during the week. If you visit the website it has detailed information including which specific trains will be operating each day.
May 13, 2017|
Response from Ofamily2014 | Reviewed this property |
For schedules call 800 big rail :)