Donations

Indoor Storage

The Illinois Railway Museum is soliciting donations for indoor track space. Donations can be made in various increments up to an amount of your choice and applied towards general indoor storage, or to a department of your choice. The Illinois Railway Museum is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, all donations are

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Main Street Entrance Building

The Illinois Railway Museum is soliciting donations for the Main Street Entrance Building. Additional information will be added soon. Donations can be made in various increments up to an amount of your choice by changing the quantity. The Illinois Railway Museum is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, all donations are tax-deductible

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General Fund

To help with general operating expenses, the Illinois Railway Museum is soliciting donations for the General Fund. Donations can be made in various increments or a custom amount of your choice. The Illinois Railway Museum is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, all donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by

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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. Over the last 5 or 6 years, the fleet has grown

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Toledo, Peoria and Western 800

The Illinois Railway Museum is soliciting donations for the TP&W 800, an Alco C424. Donors of more than $800 will receive time at the throttle of the 800, hauling a train on the Museum's demonstration railroad at speed as well as lower-level items. Donors of $424 or more will receive

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Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe 92

The Illinois Railway Museum is soliciting donations for the ATSF 92. While we have received enough donations for the engine and alternator replacement, we need to secure just under $20,000 to purchase and install the correct style truck frames under the 92. Eventually, primer and paint supplies to repaint the

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Nebraska Zephyr

The Illinois Railway Museum is soliciting donations for the Nebraska Zephyr. These donations will be used for the continued restoration of the train, including reupholstering seats, replacing carpeting, air conditioning repairs and curtain replacement to the first coach Venus, and more. Donations can be made in various increments up to

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New Haven 300

The Illinois Railway Museum is soliciting donations for the exterior restoration and repainting of New Haven 300. This EF-4 type electric freight locomotive was built in 1956 and at various times during its career ran on the Virginian, Norfolk & Western, New York New Haven & Hartford (New Haven), Penn

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Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe 543

The Illinois Railway Museum is soliciting donations for the ATSF 543, specifically prep, primer and paint work. Donations can be made in various increments up to an amount of your choice. The Illinois Railway Museum is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, all donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by

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North Shore Line Electroliner

As the Chicago, North Shore & Milwaukee Electroliner approaches its 80th Anniversary in 2021, we are concentrating our efforts on restoring the Electroliner to operating condition. Donations of any size will be appreciated. We have developed a Rewards program (see below) to acknowledge our major donors, and all donations are

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