7000 Olson Road
Union, IL 60180
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The Illinois Railway Museum is the result of decades of effort by dedicated volunteers. All of the buildings, track, locomotives and cars were assembled in Union on what was once farmland. The main line trackage was laid on the vacant right-of-way of the Elgin & Belvidere Electric railway. Originally formed to preserve one important piece of rolling stock, the museum has evolved into an educational and historic preservation organization recreating possibly the largest operating demonstration railroad showcase on the North American continent.
The mission of the museum is to demonstrate the vital role railroads have played in the growth of the Chicago area as well as the United States through the preservation and operation of railroad and mass transit rolling stock and the display of related artifacts in a realistic setting. These exhibits provide an interactive, educational experience for visitors of all ages.
We welcome all to our Museum and encourage you to join in our education, restoration and preservation efforts.