Donations

Indoor Storage

The best way to preserve our trains is to store them indoors and out of the weather. To make that happen, additional storage and exhibit buildings must be built. Donations to fund this construction can be made in various increments and can be applied to a department of your choice.

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Main Street Entrance Building

The Illinois Railway Museum’s Main Street Entrance Building is our next step into the future. This two-story, 36,000 square foot structure will anchor our historic 1950s Main Street scene and will feature exhibit space, lecture and film presentation halls, archival storage, offices, and expanded public facilities.

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General Fund

The Illinois Railway Museum's General Fund is how the trains keep running and the doors stay open. Ongoing maintenance of railway equipment, fuel, electricity, and operating costs are supported by the General Fund, as are many of our capital improvements. Your donations help keep us a Museum in Motion.

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Turntable Fund

A turntable has been a key element of the museum plan for many years. This will be the center of the long term plan to house and present our steam collection in a roundhouse setting. More than that it will present a fascinating visitor attraction, and the ability to turn

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Track/Signal Maintenance Shop

The Track Department is seeking donations to build a two-track heated barn to house the IRM Track Department machine fleet. Our current storage space in Barn 2 has become inadequate as we continue to modernize the track machine fleet.

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Toledo, Peoria and Western 800

The museum needs to raise $65,000 to fund the acquisition and preservation of TP&W Alco C424 #800. This historic and fully operational locomotive has been moved to the museum but it remains unfunded and money must be raised to ensure its long-term preservation at IRM.

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Chicago Aurora & Elgin 453

IRM has the opportunity to acquire Chicago Aurora & Elgin 453, one of the last series of traditional interurban cars ever built, and bring it home to Illinois. It is complete and in nearly original condition with relatively minor work needed to make it operational.

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Milwaukee Road 126

The Illinois Railway Museum is fundraising to move Milwaukee Road "Buffeteria" 126 from Chamberlain, South Dakota, to the museum's campus in Union, Illinois. The 126 is being donated to the museum, and IRM needs your help to get the car to Union.

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Equipment Restoration

The Illinois Railway Museum is soliciting donations for equipment restoration for a specific department. Please choose the department that you would like to have the funds applied to. Donations can be made in various increments up to an amount of your choice.

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Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe 92

The "Warbonnet" locomotive is running - now it needs a fresh coat of red and silver paint! Your contribution to Santa Fe 92's fund will help make this restoration project a reality and return one of the museum's most famous diesel locomotives to its full glory.

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