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.
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.
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.
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.
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.